Kill the oil stink
May 26, 2011 8:10 PM Subscribe
We've just moved, and I'm working on the backlog of laundry. The problem is that one of the hampers apparently was close to the oil furnace of the old house, and now the entire basket smells like oil. How do I get rid of the smell?
posted by mephron to Home & Garden (9 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
There was a coat in the center of the basket that apparently got oil on it, and it wicked through. I've tossed that coat, and run the entire load through the washer twice on heavy duty, and it still stinks of oil. It seems clean, and when I take it out, there's no residual smell of oil in the washer.
We're using the Seventh Generation scentless detergent, as one of my roommates reacts badly.
I've never had to deal with this before, and neither has my mother (who I called to ask, and boggled her).
Should we get some of that good ol' Oxy-Clean, or something else? I read that possibly vanilla oil will deal with it, or maybe soak it in vinegar first before washing it with the vanilla oil, but everything I have found talks about oil stains, which this isn't.