And Amonjure opens with a great suggestion! Welcome to the forum, and specifically to the threads of the costume obssessed!
I just bought a bottle of this stuff called Fresh Again for uniforms and costumes; it's the same stuff they use in the costume rental shops to keep them from smelling. It says on the back of the bottle "Prevents the rotting damage caused by perspiration to all fabrics, stitching, foams, and leather...Dry cleaning does not remove perspiration odor, in fact sets it."
You can get it at www.bellydanceshoppe.com; if she doesn't have it listed on the website email her at email@example.com and she'll make sure you get some.
A very good solution is apple vineger, it doesn't make the fabrics loose color and kills all kind of bad smells, you can pour some in a container and leave the costume for some hours and then wash it with soft soap. Belive it works, my mother (mother of a hyperactive girl) testifies it
i went to the fresh again web site FRESH AGAIN Deodorant Sprays and ordered it directly. a bit pricey. but hopefully it will work. thanks for the recommendation. i will let everyone know once i get it shipped how well it works.
other than this remedy, i have just been fabreezing or steaming my costumes.
it has been a while since i've been on this forum, but i wanted to make a follow up on this Fresh Again spray.
it's a bit pricey, compared to say fabreeze, but it seems to do the job. i dance three nights a week in restaurants, so my costumes wreek of restaurant smells and cigarettes. i evenly and generously sprayed my costumes with this stuff and the smells seemed to be neutralized. they dont smell like the combination of sweat and restaurant.
one downside to Fresh Again is that the solution itself has a strong, potent smell. i am not sure the ingredients of this solution, but it is strong and i would advise to spray your costume outdoors and let them hang to air out. the overpowering smell with go away after a while when it dries.
if anyone else has used this spray, i would be interested to see how it worked for them.