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supplies from a smoker's home
Wed, May 22, 2013 5:42 PM
Posted by Nancye G
I bought a large Rubbermaid tub full of cross stitch supplies today. When I got home I realized that they smelled smoky. There are also five boxes of floss.

If I spread the stuff out in the basement will the smell go away. Should I was the fabric first? The floss is all wound on bobbins. Could I or should I unwind them and soak them and then rewind? What a project that would be.

I will never be able to use up all this stuff but I do know that the next time I start a new project there will be at least one color of floss that I won't have (LOL).


  • Reply from Rick
    Wednesday, May 22, 2013 9:22 PM
    I'm afraid the nicotine stink will last forever, in most cases. Washing will remove all smells but just airing the stuff out will not. It will weaken in time but will always be there.
    I'm a 47 years smoker. Been quit for three years, now, and my closet still stinks. I haven't washed everything yet.

    Rick Go to top

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    Reply from Nancye G
    Thursday, May 23, 2013 8:36 AM
    Hi Rick. I washed a few of the pieces. It helped somewht but I will have to keep trying. Congratulations on quitting smoking. As far as the odor in your home -- have you tried cleaning the carpeting (and furniture) and painting? I know that is a very expensive project but it should help Go to top
    • Reply from Rick
      Thursday, May 23, 2013 1:43 PM
      No, I moved into a freshly carpeted and painted apartment instead. LOLOL

      It will usually take more then one cleansing to get all that stink out, I'm afraid.

      Thank you,
      Rick Go to top

  • Reply from Pamn Ravenscroft
    Monday, June 17, 2013 7:06 PM
    Nancy, I'm sorry to be late to the party, but I had this issue just a few days ago.
    I used to work in the cleaning industry, so I've had experience with this product.
    Get some ODO Ban--sometimes you can find it by the ready to use quart in Wal Mart. If not, you can get quarts of ready to use or a gallon of concentrate from a janitorial supply house (yes, they will sell to the general public.) I got some flower thread from a smoker. I spread the flower thread skeins (I didn't unwrap them)
    out on a towel and sprayed them down very well with the ODO Ban. The ODO Ban I use is a eucalyptus scent which disappates (sp?) as it dries. I let it dry over night. Turned the skeins over and did the other side the same way. Once that dried, they had no more smoke odor at all. I disposed of the zip lock baggie they came in. The ODO Ban won't mess up colors or anything that is water washable. I also use it to freshen up the carpet. It is a fairly expensive (to me) initial cost. I bought a gallon that has lasted me for over five years! It goes a l o n g way. I love this stuff. It gets the funky out of everything.
    Live long and prosper, Pamn Go to top