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How to Remove Odor From a Comforter

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By Jayne

My Laundry Question

I have a comforter that has a sour smell to it, I tried washing it in hot water but the smell is still there, any suggestions?

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Don't know where the smell came from, might have gotten wet and it is a mildew problem, but I don't see anything on the comforter. I do have a pet that may have urinated on it but I am not sure. Do you think that vinegar would help?

Lessons Learned

  • I have tried washing it in hot water in a front loader machine with detergent.

Mary Marlowe Leverette, About.com Laundry & Laundry Rooms, says:

I hope you have a bathtub or really big sink! Actually a large plastic storage tub will work as well.

Fill the tub with warm water and add 2 to 3 cups of baking soda. Completely submerge the comforter and allow it to soak for 24 hours. Then wash as usual. If you can't do the soaking, place the comforter in a plastic bag and sprinkle dry baking soda over it all. Seal and let stay for 24 hours and then wash as usual but include the baking soda in the wash.

Be sure the comforter dries quickly in the sun or dryer to prevent moisture left in the quilt from remaining.

Good luck!

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