Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Take Away The Odor Of A Connect Air Freshener From Fabric

Homeowners plug in air fresheners to add a fresh scent to their homes. Many plug-in type air fresheners have an appealing smell while others have an overpowering odor. Electrically generated heat releases the scent into the air where it slowly dissipates. If fabric is in close proximity to the scent-releasing device, the smell can settle into fabric fibers and the odor will linger. Several techniques are effective for removing air freshener odors from fabric.


Washable Fabrics

1. Fill the washing machine with the hottest water safe for the fabric.

2. Add 1/2 cup of baking soda or 1 cup of white vinegar. Both baking soda and white vinegar neutralize odors. If you do not achieve success with one, try the other.

3. Place the fabric into the washing machine and allow the washer to agitate.

4. Turn the washer off and let the fabric soak for one to two hours.

5. Turn the washer back on and let it finish the cycle. Remove the fabric and smell it to test if the odor is still present. If the fabric still smells from the air freshener, repeat the process.

Non-Washable Fabrics

6. Hang the fabric outside on a clothesline on a windy day out of the sun. The fresh air will remove the odor after anywhere from one day to one week. If the odor is on a piece of furniture, set the furniture near a window and direct a fan at the furniture. Continue to direct the fan at the furniture until you can no longer smell the air freshener.

7. Sprinkle baking soda generously on the fabric. Let the baking soda soak up the odor for one to two hours. Shake off the baking soda or vacuum it off large items. Repeat as necessary until the odor is no longer detectable.

8. Fill a clothes steamer with an equal mixture of white vinegar and water. Turn the steamer on and allow the steamer to generate steam. Move the steaming wand back and forth over the malodorous fabric for 15 to 20 minutes. Keep the steam wand 4 to 6 inches away from the fabric. Repeat if necessary.

9. Place small fabric items in a large lidded plastic container or a large garbage bag. Wrap four to six charcoal briquettes in newspaper and tape the paper closed to prevent black charcoal from staining the fabric. Crumble enough newspapers to fill the bag or container on top of the fabric and the charcoal briquettes. Close the lid or tightly seal the bag. Both charcoal and newspaper absorb odor. Let the bag or container remain sealed for 24 to 48 hours. Repeat if the air freshener odor is still present.

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