Like many sea dwelling echinoderms, starfish have become a prized item among people visiting the beach. Unfortunately, when starfish have not completed their decomposition process, they can emit an unwelcome aroma.
It may seem like the starfish stink will never go away, as it requires time and treatment to successfully neutralize the odor. By following the below tips, you will increase your odds of eliminating your starfishy funk.
Soaking a starfish prior to drying helps in neutralizing much of the decomposition odors. Drying the starfish without first soaking it will lead to a worse odor-filled drying process.
Soak starfish within a mixture of baking soda and water for 48 hours. Once Starfish has fully absorbed mixture, much of the odor will be neutralized and it will be ready for drying.
Place in a solution of bleach and water for 24 hours. After a full day of soaking, much of the odor will be removed, leaving the starfish ready to dry.
Place starfish within a boiling pot of alcohol and water in equal parts. Let starfish sit for a minimum of another 60 minutes before removing to dry.
A water and alcohol solution works great at neutralizing much of the remaining odor. After letting the Starfish soak for 24 hours, it will be prepared for drying.
This is the ideal solution if you wish to go chemical-free. Letting the Starfish soak in fresh water straightens the legs out and prepare it for drying. Ideally, allow starfish soak for 24-48 hours within fresh water before placing it out to dry.
Once you have neutralized much of the rotting smells within the starfish, you must then lay the starfish out to dry. The following tips will ensure that it is dried with straight arms and free of odors.
It is easy to forget to weigh down the corners during the drying process. However, when this is not performed it can have nasty consequences when the starfish legs begin curling up. Use small weights at the end of the arms to ensure that this does not happen.
A sure-fire alternative to weights is by pinning the starfish on a piece of cardboard. Place the starfish on top of the cardboard, and strategically place pins through the arms and into the below cardboard. This will ensure that no arm curling occurs so that the starfish maintains it's original structure.
Many people seem to underestimate the foul stink of starfish during their drying process. For this reason it is very important to place them within high, hard-to-reach corners of the exterior of your house. Placing them atop the garage roof is a common spot as this location provides a dry, sunny, remote place for them to make their final transformation.
Our canine companions seem to love these sea dwelling echinoderms. The more that they smell, the greater the allure that they possess. While drying, take extra precaution to place the starfish in a location out of your dog's reach. If your dog does get hold of it, it will smell twice as bad when he throws it back up.
The smaller the starfish, the less time it will take to remove odor. By only selecting small starfish, you will minimize the need for a long-lasting odor removal process.
try spray painting the star fish white or gold or whatever color that should
take the bad smell out of the star fish
I was told by the person I bought it from that it had already been embalmed
and not in any way to put it in water. Have any of you heard of this? They
told me it would desintigrate if I put water in it. It really stinks, but I
don't want to get rid of it. Can you advise?
SOAKING IN FRESH WATER WORKED GREAT! FOR SOME REASON THE STARFISH STRAIGHTENS
THEIR ARMS IN FRESH WATER. DRIED ON FAR CORNER OF ROOF AND IT NOW SITS IN THE
I soaked my starfish in alcohol for 24 hrs, then placed it on a piece of
cardboard w/ pins in arms as mentioned above. WORKS LIKE A CHARM!!!
I like the mention of keeping them away from dogs. I placed my starfish on an
outdoor picnic table, and spotted a raccoon running off with a large one last
night. I guess racoons are drawn to them as well. Go figure?!?!