Need some advice - musty smelling yarn

Friday, January 28, 2011

Last night I went through the first load of yarn that was donated for my "cause." As soon as I opened the box and the bags the musty smell put me in an asthma attack. Even emoticon backed off! There is a ton of yarn and much of it is full skeins. There are even a couple of "lapghans" that were started that I want to finish but the smell. Any suggestions anyone? I know the best thing for a musty smell (in clothing) is to put it in the sun, however, considering all I've seen the last few days is emoticon that's hard to come by.

I don't have a washer/dryer and have to use a laundramat. If the only way I can do it is by washing the yarn (somehow), I can bring a few every week to get them done. Don't misunderstand me, I plan on using the yarn, I just need to get rid of the "aroma" emoticon

I was given a small tub of yarn today by someone I met online. What a help. I should be able to get 50 or so lapghans out of what I have right off the bat, using some of what I have. After I deodorize what I got yesterday, 100 seems like a good number. This is great - there are 2 vet centers in the area, 1 in Scranton itself and one in Wilkes-Barre which is nearby.

In the "odorous" yarn is a lot of bright colors-good for kids. So in between the vet's, I think I'll make a few for the local Ronald McDonald house with that. I know the lady who gave me all the yarn yesterday used to make her afghans for them, but due to health reasons (arthritis) had to stop crocheting, hence the donation.

Finally, a wonderful person I met online, has offered to get me a few skeins since she doesn't do needlework. So maybe I can finally get my Stars and Strips to finish my red, white and blue lapghans for the vets. You never know where or when an angel will show up! Thank you to my yarn angel.

More good news - got on the emoticon this morning and found I FINALLY lost 1 lb. One at a time, that's how it goes! So the salads have been paying (as well as drastically cutting down on the carbs). I feel like my goal of 25 is within sight now.

For those who don't check in on weekends - have a great one~! Keep warm! Those in the NE, make sure you clean up from yesterdays snow, they say more is coming on emoticon Day (I HATE that rodent!).

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    Hi YAZMAMA emoticon ,

    I did an online search and here are some of the solutions that I found for you. I out a row of emoticons in between each hint, to differentiate between them.

    My favorite hint is the last one - I am a strong believer in using vinegar for everything and anything it can possibly be used for! I'm also surprised no one suggested baking soda - my other favorite cleaning product!

    The hint I would probably try if it was my yarn, would be the bags and the fabric softener sheets - seems like a good, easy solution.

    Anyway here are some possible solutions:

    Put yarn in air tight container (plastic bag, tote, ect.) Place 2 or 3 tablespoons of fresh (dry) coffee grounds (right from can or bag) into 1 or 2 envelopes , seal envelope and put in bag with yarn. I have used this for musty clothing, material and yarn. Coffee absorbs odors.
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    I had some musty smelling yarn, I put it in plastic bags added dryer fabric sheets , tied it up for a few days, came out smelling just fine, have used it for a afghan.
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    I had that same problem with some acrylic yarn in skeins. I removed the paper bands, saving one for amounts and content as well as washing instructions for finished knitting. Put a rubber band around each skein and put skeins, a few at a time, in a couple of those nylon bags they sell for washing delicates. I got mine at the dollar store and they are large [11x15"](or use the old nylon idea in the previous post). I washed and dried them in the bags and they came out as good as new.
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    Try storing the yarn in an airtight container with some newspaper for a while.
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    How to Get Mildew Smell Out of Yarn
    By babybeecharmer, eHow Member

    User-Submitted Article
    Your basic household solution to cleaning mildew smells from almost any thing

    Difficulty: Easy

    Things You'll Need:
    White vinegar
    squirt bottle
    Hopefully this is your basic crafting yarn for blankies and crocheted goodies. I cannot crochet or knit so I am jealous. My grandparents were heavy smokers and my grandma's knitted blankets would often stink or they would come out of the cedar chest for winter and they would smell mildewy. She always used vinegar!
    Take a squirt bottle with half water and half vinegar and lightly mist your yarn. Then let dry.
    When its dry, do the sniff check and if it still smells, try another attempt with the squirt bottle. Once usually does it tho.

    Tips & Warnings

    As the vinegar dries, so does the smell so dont worry about the awesome hand knitted blanket you're making for someone's special baby. Vinegar wont cause a rash or have weird odors later and it will also make the yarn a bit softer. I use vinegar as my liquid softener in the wash and my family loves it!

    don't get in your eyes when spraying

    don't eat this

    Read more: How to Get Mildew Smell Out of Yarn | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/how_2287953_mil
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    Yazmama, if you want additional ideas/tips - please just let me know and i'll send more to you! None of these ideas are ones I've personally tried. There do seem to be some good, easy solutions here. Hey, you can do a comparison test - try a different method for each skein of yarn emoticon !!!

    I truly hope your get the yarn to smell as it should, and that this all works out for you!

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    Comment edited on: 1/28/2011 5:32:53 PM
    I would keep it closed until the warmer weather if you can and then put it in the sun. It had to have gotten wet somehow so if there is a way you can put some sun to it before that would be great. I have never had that problem so I am not sure except for what I have heard. And that is the same as you. Sun shine and heat. Maybe a bit of Lysol would not hurt either since it would take away some of the bacteria that causes mildew and musty smells.
    2638 days ago
    Try putting it on your back porch, if you have one. Maybe even in your attic? Somewhere that it can be left open but not let the musty smell get to you.
    2638 days ago
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