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How do I get the smell out?

post #1 of 10
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I'm thinking of selling my NYD Pink pockets, and my Bombays if I can't shrink them. Both pairs are too big for me. Which makes me sad because I adore them. I never wear the NYD Pinks, because they stretch out, and half way through the day the butt gets so loose.

My problem is this...... How do you get the smoke smell out of jeans?

Please no lecture on smoking. I had to stay thin when I worked, and old habits are hard to die. I'd just like to sell the jeans smelling nice. When I sold my TR's I washed them 3 times, and used a ton of downey. Plus I sprayed them with febreze, then let them air out on the line outside. I did all this before I shipped them. The buyer still complained about a smoke smell. I don't want to lose bidders because we smoke, and have pets.
post #2 of 10

Re: How do I get the smell out?

maybe when you want to sell some pants, soak overnight, wring out, wash at a laundromat and then seal it in a 1-gallon ziploc bag before taking it home, and then keep it in a drawer or place that is pretty smoke-free

Even if you can clean the smell out, the homes of many smokers smell of smoke, and the pants will just get the smoke smell back in them after they're clean.
post #3 of 10
dry cleaning ?
post #4 of 10
I got a sweater off eBay once that reaked like old smoke and I hung outside in the sun for a day and sprayed some odor eliminator on it, it actually worked. It wasnt febreze, but that might work the same way.
You could also try washing them in Tide Mountain Spring and hang them outside to dry. That is the detergent I use because the smell stays in it and smells really good.
Good luck.
post #5 of 10
yeah, even if you washed them, if they were in your house when you smoked before you shipped them out then they will smell like smoke. i would do what meowmix said about washing them at a laundrymat and sealing them in a ziploc bag. another thing- even if you dont think they smell like smoke anymore, to someone who does not smoke they still might smell b/c they are more able to pick up on the subtle hints of smoke that you aren't able to pick up on b/c you are so used to it.
Personally, I think you should be honest in your listing and say that they come from a house where people smoke/have pets, but you are washing them beforehand to get the smell out. I don't complain when i get something that smells like smoke b/c i figure its my fault for not asking, but there are a lot of people out there who will leave a negative if you dont put it in your listing.
Whenever i have gotten anything that smells like smoke, it is usually out within a couple washes b/c there is no smoking in my house, but when the smell is strong enough it does seem to linger even after several washes.
post #6 of 10
Like jetta said, I think you should be honest and put it in your listing. Even if you do wash them at the laundrymat and put them in ziploc bags, remember that smoke permeates plastic pretty quickly, so if you do it too early (like more the two days) they will still smell, but maybe not as much.
post #7 of 10
yeah I got a hat once from Ebay that reeked of cigarette smoke-HORRIBLE
I left him positive feedback cause the price was really good-but I did mention in the feedback that it smelled terrible, and with hats you cant wash them so I had to wait a week to wear it.
post #8 of 10
this stuff may help:

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Originally Posted by jetta_07
another thing- even if you dont think they smell like smoke anymore, to someone who does not smoke they still might smell b/c they are more able to pick up on the subtle hints of smoke that you aren't able to pick up on b/c you are so used to it.
This is definitely true . . . like the others have said, I would be honest and mention in the listing that it comes from a smoking household.
post #10 of 10

 

I use a mixture that works every time.  I add a cup of white vinegar and a cup of baking soda within a normal hot detergent wash.  Beside this, I have written several other solutions of smelly jeans located here: http://www.getsmellout.com/how-to-get-smell-out-of-jeans/

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