And polyester "finds" from thrift stores sometimes...well, most times, stink "b.odorously" (sure it's a word!). The better the piece, the more likely it was worn at full-bore - singing and dancing the night away.
We can only assume that these pieces moved about during exciting times, but we do not desire for the garment to retain the malodorous remainder of those days, do we?
Fortunately, my Mom took really good care of hers so there is no problem with the ones I've received from her lovely and well-scented closet. And if you find a reputable vintage store online, they will send you pieces that were screened/cleaned and don't carry too much of a lingering odor (A special Thank You to Lulu's.com! Shipping was quick and the vintage top smelled fine - post coming soon).
Ahhh...segue to BRB Post on Getting Rid of Polyester P.U.
I loved some ideas better than others, BUT understanding a bit about chemistry, I strongly advise AGAINST ammonia ever being added to a clothes washer, sink, or tub (because if it ever mixed with chlorine bleach - that means hair dye bleach too - KABOOM!).
But I'll tell you a few of the following methods that have worked for many, myself included.
DIFFERENT TECHNIQUES TO DEODORIZE
*Note: Each number indicates a SEPARATE technique
instead of the small tub.**
I'm thinking that this might allow more exposure to the charcoal for filtration...
I suggest a strategically placed box of Baking Soda and Cedar Hangers (also keeps moths away);)
Those are my tips for now:) Have a great week and