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    I have beeen reading this thread with some interest as there is a cultural similarity here that I can't help thinking about... A.. I'm a male... B... I'm Canadian... C... I've seen my share of hockey rinks.... What does this have to do with smelly belly dance costumes you say... Well the typical Canadian hockey player will play for 1-1 1/2 hours and workup a real sweat... go to the dressing room and drink a couple of beers and throw all his equipment into a hockey bag and then forgets to take it out till he plays the next game... some guys have real bad memories... there is no smell out there that can compare to this when the bag is cracked open... (probably more than 1 divorce has happened over the wife being asked to do the laundry).... there are sporting goods stores here that have machines that are atomizers that kill all bacteria and smell from this hockey equipment... you could take in a bag of belly dance costumes and I'm sure they could fix the smell problem in an hour..... Only In Canada You say.... What A Pity... ( sorry... inside joke for the Canadian Members on the last bit)

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    I thought it was antiperspirant that leaves the yellowish stains, but I can't be sure. I would hate to see someone ruin a good costume by bad advice! Here's an url with lots of different advice including soaking them in vinegar and water.

    Deodorant Stains On Clothing

    She has it even trickier because the sequins can discolor. I would try to call up a prom or wedding dress maker and ask, maybe they would have an answer. Some resellers of prom dresses and wedding dresses would know what to do too.

    Good luck and good advice to check before you add anything that might stain more.

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    Ingredients used in deoderants that allow it to stay on the skin tend to be waxy or oily. I think maybe this is what causes staining. If you rubbed deoderant on the inside of a heavily lined and beaded bra or hipband it probably wouldn't migrate all the way to the outside of the costume, but it might stain a skirt or veil that comes in contact with the inside of the belt.

    Jim, any idea what the bacteria eaters are made of? Are they contained in vapor or liquid, or ???? You'll have an invasion of Canada if US dancers decide an answer to smelly problems exists up there.
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    Try looking on Fresh Gear - Sports Equipment Cleaning Machines (Hockey, Football, Lacrosse & More!) Your Source for Clean Sports Gear for a start... it explains the process and also gives locations where these machines are located... they are ozone machines that are chemical free... totally zaps bacteria and removes odours... I hope that someone gives it a try and can endorse this idea as it should work

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    Yay!! There are US based ones, too!! Emailing right now


    Shan, there is one in Fort Collins
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shanazel View Post
    Oooo, careful with that- some deoderants stain horribly.
    Somebody once borrowed a costume from me - and my costume had got terrible deodorant stains when I got it back. Thank God it was just a cheap costume, but I certainly learnt a lesson on lending costumes to others and costumes and strong deodorants.
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    Reply from Ty, the owner of one of the businesses in VA--


    It would do great. My machine doesn't use heat, water, or any chemicals to do the sanitizing only Ozone. I know some other owners that are cleaning delicate furs and other clothing that have significant smoke damage. I would only need to figure out how best to arrange the costumes in my machines to get the most thorough sanitizing. Are they mostly dresses or pants and shirts/blouses?
    Where are you located, maybe you could stop by and check out the
    machines to see what I mean.

    Thanks for your interest
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    Ps, how did you find my company?

    I have referred him here to the other pages to see what our needs are. If he can meet them, more power to us.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigJim View Post
    I have beeen reading this thread with some interest as there is a cultural similarity here that I can't help thinking about... A.. I'm a male... B... I'm Canadian... C... I've seen my share of hockey rinks.... What does this have to do with smelly belly dance costumes you say... Well the typical Canadian hockey player will play for 1-1 1/2 hours and workup a real sweat... go to the dressing room and drink a couple of beers and throw all his equipment into a hockey bag and then forgets to take it out till he plays the next game... some guys have real bad memories... there is no smell out there that can compare to this when the bag is cracked open... (probably more than 1 divorce has happened over the wife being asked to do the laundry).... there are sporting goods stores here that have machines that are atomizers that kill all bacteria and smell from this hockey equipment... you could take in a bag of belly dance costumes and I'm sure they could fix the smell problem in an hour..... Only In Canada You say.... What A Pity... ( sorry... inside joke for the Canadian Members on the last bit)
    LOL I know that smell. In my first year of University living in residence the boy who had a room next to the common louge was on the varsity football team and for a couple of days everytime I walked through the lounge I was always thinking "What is that smell?". Anyway one day he called out and asked if I wanted to play some video games so I said sure and BAM when I walked over to the room righ that the doorway...I thought I was going to faint, I actually dry-heaved. He said after years of dealing with the smell he was immune to it....I however wasn't, and didn't get to play mario cart

    Amazingly he is married now, but he no longer plays football.. hmmm he got rid of the smell to get a wife

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    You can make homemade deodorants by combining corn starch and baking soda in equal amounts, so one of the first combinations of stuffing a ball with rice and baking soda probably would do the same. I read of another dancer on here who doesn't wash hers after a dance, but stuffs it away as soon as it's aired out.

    I imagine they are expensive and hard to clean. It makes sense to me maybe to try metalic embroideries that are easier to clean. I think embroidery is underrated on costumes. I could imagine how heavy the beads feel. They make a person look like a Christmas ornament, but very beautiful! The costumes for bd are truly beautiful and are why many want to start dancing.

    Do think people should use the sew on beads or the sequins? I don't think the sew on beads will change colors when cleaned, but very expenvise! I wonder if there is sheath seperate from the beading that can be worn? Sewing the beading on netting to place over another gardment? It would make them easier to clean.

    The machine you are speaking of might be similar to the infrared devices used to kill bacteria on food, some new invention. It kills .99 percent of germs raw foods, so things like the spinach recalls would be a thing of the past. If it works on food, it can work on clothes. Killing bacteria doesn't clean a costume, but it can keep the dampness from growing any bacteria.

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    ...is co-reading the tread since my sweet sweet kittiecat decided my favorite skirt could also do as a litterbox...

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