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I just got given the mother load of maternity clothes from my friend. I am supper happy because I think I will need them really soon if not now. But they smell really bad like mildew or just a really musty smell. I washed and soaked them 3 times. They still stink...<br><br><br>
Any ideas????<br><br>
I really want to wear the pants but I gag when I go near them. : )
 

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Hmmm... I would try putting them through a rinse cycle with a few cups of white vinegar, and then line drying them in the sun if possible.<br><br>
Hope you can get the smell out...
 

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I'm sorry to hear this - I know it's frustrating!<br><br>
Have you tried baking soda in the wash and a bunch of vinegar in the rinse? I go to the feed store and get a whole 50 lb bag of bicarbonate of soda, (same thing and cheaper than the store) or rumen stabilizer, as they call it. It was less than $10 last time I got it, and it lasts forever. I use it for laundry situations like this, cleaning the whole house, even washing dishes. Love it.<br><br>
Otherwise, the only other product I know that might work is BacOut. <a href="http://www.bi-o-kleen.com/general.htm" target="_blank">http://www.bi-o-kleen.com/general.htm</a> I have used it on dog pee and stinky dipes and it works! I get mine through the co-op, health food store might have it too. The only thing I don't like is I haven't found good directions as to quantity to use, so I end up with trial and error.<br><br>
Good luck! I feel your pain.
 

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When my laundry smells a little musty I add a few drops of TTO to the wash. Hope you find something that works for you! Oxyclean might be another option...
 

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I would try adding some Bac-out or oxygen bleach. Both are environmentally friendly and very effective against odors.
 

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all of the above suggestions are great<br><br>
you need to do a soak in one of the above mentioned products. Either in a natural bleach, bac out, or vinegar. But you need to SOAK. good luck!
 

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TTO and the vinegar in the rise always help with that here.
 

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I would wash them at the hottest temp (with just a teeny bit of detergent -- too much can build up and cause exactly what you're dealing with), rinse with vinegar, and most importantly, dry them in direct sunlight.<br><br>
Let us know how it turns out! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Borax is great for removing smells, too (it even gets rid of male cat spray!)<br>
Directions are on the box, but you just put 1/2 to 1 cup in the washer on hot or warm, soak overnight, then wash with a teeny bit of laundry detergent. Finish with a vinegar rinse, and dry in the sun.
 

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A bunch of DH's clothes that had been stored in an old trunk for awhile had this problem recently. The Febreeze meant to go in the laundry got the smell out when several washings alone hadn't.
 

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Maybe try Nature's Miracle? You can find it in pet stores/hardware stores and some grocery stores. It treats the cause of the smell (mildew, urine, protein) and it really really works! I buy clothes from the thrift store often, and some are pretty smelly - this stuff fixes it quickly and its really gentle too. It's great for stains as well. It got a red wine stain (LARGE) out of my Wool rug after sitting for 2 weeks. Hope this helps!
 

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Update:<br><br>
So I soaked them over night in the wash with about a cup of vinegar and laundry soap. When I got a chance I agitated them for a bit. I think it worked. We will see if the smell comes back after the next wash. Thanks for all the suggestions.
 
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