Moth ball smell out of the washer?

Fri 27 Jun, 2008 12:41 pm
oh. my. god.

I have never in my LIFE smelled a moth ball until now.

I helped my friend move a couple small pieces of furniture and get rid of some junk yesterday .
She has a TON of cute costumes and was going to get rid of a bunch. So I scooped some up for Bean and took them home.
She had them in a chest for a while and the whole thing smelled of moth balls.

NO mater right? Just wash em.

I washed the clothes and they smell worse.

Now.. my washer smells horrible.
A load I put in just after the moth ball wash, smells like moth balls.
The inside of my washer smells like moth balls , and after doing some searching on the computer, I can not find a solution to this?

To get the clothes clean of the smell vinegar + hanging them outside seems to be the common answer.

But, vinegar in my washer has not worked.
It . still. stinks.

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Fri 27 Jun, 2008 12:55 pm
Moth balls contain napthalene. I think your going to have to take the clothes to a dry cleaner to get that out. You'll probably have to clean the washer tub with a solvent, too. Make sure you have good ventilation.
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Fri 27 Jun, 2008 12:56 pm
You smelled moth balls? How did you get their little legs apart?
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Fri 27 Jun, 2008 01:05 pm
Some possible answers here (I stopped at the activated charcoal one, that sounded good. Or fennel seeds, but I prefer to use them for other things.)

Does your laundry room have a fan? Before you freak, by the way, it might not be naphthalene but a more recently used benzene combo, and at least according to this website (which, y'know, who knows) the odor isn't dangerous.

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Fri 27 Jun, 2008 01:08 pm
thats funny. That is the exact site I went to that told how to get it out of clothes.

I dont worry that the smell is .. dangerous..
I worry that everything I wash today will smell like that.

I will read what they say
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Sun 2 Sep, 2018 10:52 pm
Did anything work? I am dealing with this now.
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Tue 30 Oct, 2018 09:57 pm
I have smelled human. dog and horse balls but moth never occurred worthwhile.
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