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    Ugh. My sympathies to you. I hope you can match the sequins.
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    Thank you for your sympathy, Shanazel.

    I do have matching sequins, but I have to take them off a string, unfortunately. That takes time, plus if I take the sequins off the costume, I think a whole bunch of beads will come off with them as well.

    I've got to really dedicate time to this project.

    Azeeza

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    Can you sew the beads down individually before removing the sequins? This must be one gorgeous costume for you to go to all this trouble. I hope you will post pictures sometime.
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    this is months late to help Azeeza.... & it is hear-say BUT... an old (as in age!) friend used to be ina theater company in the 40's.... she says they would spray their costumes with VODKA to get the odors out!... she swears it works....& that the alcohol smell goes away.... I have not had the guts to try it though.... has anyone heard of/tried this???

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    VODKA? No, haven't heard that one. I'll get my teenaged son to stick some scraps of satin and chiffon under his work clothes some warm day to get 'em nice and smelly, then try the vodka solution. Ha, I can imagine the look on his face when I ask him to do this. He's 17. Maybe I'll get my husband to do it instead- he has a sense of humor. I'd do it myself, but naturally, I don't sweat, I glow...

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    Yes I have heard of using Vodka. I was going to suggest it but it was already suggested. That is one of the things recommended by folks I know in the costume industry. Put it in a spray bottle and use accordingly. It does not leave an alcohol smell, is clear and can be used in alot of situations for getting the smell out including your plastic ice chests. I have used the Vodka on things and it works.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shanazel View Post
    VODKA? No, haven't heard that one. I'll get my teenaged son to stick some scraps of satin and chiffon under his work clothes some warm day to get 'em nice and smelly, then try the vodka solution. Ha, I can imagine the look on his face when I ask him to do this. He's 17. Maybe I'll get my husband to do it instead- he has a sense of humor. I'd do it myself, but naturally, I don't sweat, I glow...
    HEHEHEHEHEHEHEHE!!!!!! my boy is only 6.... he doesn't smell..... yet!!!

    Teela.... have you actually tried it on costumes... what kinds of fabrics... ??does it leave a stain???????

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    I got a really nice costume made in Turkey. The first time I wore it it was ruined. I don't know if I was detoxing that night or what, but the next day my entire apartment smelled like raw onions! I spayed it with heavy colone to mask it, nothing doing. It just smelled like colone and onions! At one point I washed it with Ajax, but it always has a faint oder that never went away and this is 5 years later.

    Last night I got military and sprayed my vest with 409 and soaked it in cool water over night. Then I rinsed it out this morning and hug it up to dry. It was fine tonight.

    This costume suffers from stealth arm pit oder. It will be fine when I take it out of the closet, but the second I sweat, the funk is reactivated! I've sprayed it with all kinds of deoderizers, baking soda, vodka, mild detergent and nothing worked. 409 did the trick. I can get away with it on this costume because the sequines are black and salmon and the color is solid all the way through as versus painted on. Holagram sequines are also washable as are some of the irradescents. Red, forget it! Gold holds up better, but you have to be very gentle with it. Mild soap, like dish washing liquid and cool water.

    You might just have to take off all the old sequines so you can soak it properly, then reembroider it. 409 girl. When the funk is neulear GET NEUCLEAR! It worked for me.

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    I need help please. One of my dancers house has burnt down. They managed to save a lots of items including her dancing costumes. The problem is how to get that soot ash acrid smell out. Her costumes are beaded, satin, organza and chiffon and also a tribal one which the coins have gone a funny rust with the heat.
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    What a terrible thing to have happen! I hope everyone escaped with no injuries. My condolences to your dancer.

    About twelve years ago, our small rural area suffered a huge wildfire. Though only one house, some outbuildings and about 700 acres of grass, sagebrush, and greasewood were burned, everything in our houses smelled like smoke for a long time. I spent a lot of time hanging things that couldn't be washed out in the open air and just letting the wind blow through them. When it snowed, I hung them in the greenhouse and turned the fan on them. Some people had good luck with dry cleaners. Something else you might try is one of the commercial sprays that is made to deal with cigarette smoke and pet odors. I had good luck on furniture with a combination of airing out and using this spray, but it took several weeks. If you use it on costumes, you need to check to see if it stains or discolors coins and trim before you use it.

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