How to Get Smell Out of Yarn

When beginning to knit your next big project, there is nothing worse than starting off with tarnished yarn.  Yarn can often develop a musty odor when it is left in storage for too long of a period.  When this happens, it is important to treat the yarn before weaving it into your next great masterpiece.

Fortunately, there are many solutions available for removing the unwanted aroma inhabiting your balls of string.  In the below tips, this guide will present a range of household remedies and ensure that your next project gets off on the right foot.

Yarn Smell Removal Solutions

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1. Sunlight + Lawn

In unraveling much of your yawn ball across your lawn in the sun, you will be able to remove much of the nasty odor that has developed within the organic fiber.  The chlorophyll from the lawn and the UV rays of the sun both go to work in neutralizing mothball and mildew odors. After a 1-2 days lying within the sun, whined the odor-free yarn ball back up.

2. White Vinegar + Sun

Pour a healthy amount of white vinegar and water into a bowl in equal amounts.  Begin by dunking and squeezing yarn ball within the solution to ensure that the liquid reached the innermost portions of the ball.  Once you are sure that all of the balls fiber have been dampened, unravel string outside in the sun.  After a full day drying within the sun, whined the freshened yarn ball back up.

3. Dryer + Fabric Softener

Tighten knot holding yarn ball together to make sure that there is no undoing it.  Place 3-4 fabric softener sheets within dryer and place yarn ball in on the lowest setting of dryer.  After 15 minutes, stop dryer and check freshness of yarn.  If some of the smell continue to persist, add some new fabric softening sheet and run for another 15 minutes.

4. Baking Soda

Seal yarn ball within container with large amounts of baking soda poured on top of the organic fiber.  After 5-7 days, check on the status of the yarn ball to see if the odor is fully remove.  If there continues to be odor, add new baking soda and reseal for another week.

5. Activated Charcoal

Place several briquets of activated charcoal with an old pair of nylon legging to be stored in a sealable container with the smelly yarn.  After container has been sealed for 5-7 days take yarn to check on status.  If the smell remains, place contents back within container for another week until fresh.

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