Woollen blanket problems

  • Hey Guest, For sale we have Hultafors Outdoor Knives with Firesteel PLEASE LOOK HERE for more information or use the Pay Now button in the sidebar

Broch

Full Member
Jan 18, 2009
4,630
3,889
Mid Wales
How about one of the many 'de-odourising' sprays one sees advertised every day on TV - I've never tried them (I like the smell of wet spaniel :)).
 

Kepis

Bushcrafter through and through
Jul 17, 2005
6,355
1,281
Sussex
Dryer sheets.

I bought a book secondhand and when it arrived it absolutely stank of cigarettes to the point it was stomach churning, i put a packets worth of dryer sheets between the pages and left it for a week or so, nasty smell gone and the book now smells of Roses & Lavender - much more pleasant.

Wonder if your friend laid the blanket out and laid the dryer sheets over it, then rolled it up and left it for a while if it might do the trick.
 
  • Like
Reactions: Toddy

Toddy

Mod
Mod
Jan 21, 2005
36,352
2,328
S. Lanarkshire
I'm curious as to what is actually causing the smell though.
If it's sweat/body odour or deodorant/cologne it ought to have washed out.

Either way, wool is fine left soaking. So, best advice, either fill the bath or a big bin with barely hand hot water and a little shampoo. Shampoo is meant for hair, wool is just crinkly hair. Failing that use gentle hand soap, not scrubbing soap.
Leave the blanket soaking at least overnight. Then gently sapple it through....that means gently moving it around in the water, patting the water through the fabric, no stress, no rubbing, no squeezing, no felting !
Let it drain, either by pulling the plug, or tipping the bucket over. Refill with clean cool water and rinse, repeat. If the blanket would benefit from fabric conditioner, now's the time to add it, then rinse again.
If left to drain in the bath overnight the blanket will be fit to be rolled up in big bath towels and then wrung out. Not easy, but it's a good way to remove the excess water without stressing the wool or causing it to felt. Works on wool pullovers too.
Spread out the blanket to dry.
We used to lift the blankets out and drape them over the garden seat and the carpet beating frame....but who has one of those now ?

If the smell is anything organic, it'll be gone. Soaking wool lifts off dirt and grime from the fibres.

We only had wool blankets when I was younger, so cleaning them was an annual thing when the weather was fine. Sheets were used to protect the blankets the rest of the year. Feather pillows and eiderdowns too needed careful washing, but it's worth it.

Best of luck with it.
 

Billy-o

Native
Apr 19, 2018
1,668
740
Canada
Use the blanket to rub down a recently active replacement boyfriend.

Or, you could try a spray-on baking soda solution - Arm and Hammer sell it for pet odours ...

And, there's always Gucci Rush

But, maybe this is yet another possible purpose for Sage leaves :)
 
Last edited:
Mar 6, 2020
328
213
Hemel Hempstead
I'm curious as to what is actually causing the smell though.
If it's sweat/body odour or deodorant/cologne it ought to have washed out.
She said is is a combination of aftershave and sweat. It wasn't a problem while they were together, but now, well, unhappy memories. We also have a recommendation of wasing with vinegar.
 

Woody girl

Full Member
Mar 31, 2018
3,096
2,212
62
Exmoor
I bought a couple of wool blankets from the charity shop and washed them in my machine on the wool wash at 30° with a gentle woolwash detergent. They came out fine and smelling sweet as a nut.
Dried them on the line when we had the realy warm weather.
They are both fine. One was merino wool one a Witney.
I would dry as naturaly as possible. No tumble dryers!
The other option is a proper comercial laundry. Expensive though!
 
  • Like
Reactions: Allison McKenzie

Mesquite

Anyone for sailing?
Mar 5, 2008
24,731
1,112
59
~Hemel Hempstead~
When I acquired some army wool blankets they'd been stored with a camphor type agent and absolutely reeked. So much so to drive home with them from Wales they had to be stored double bagged in bin bags and even so my car stunk.

All I did to get rid of the smell was to wash it at a cool temperature with a gentle liquid soap then leave outside on the line for a couple weeks in rain and sunshine to let nature do its job. Took a little while but the smell went with minimal effort on my part.
 

gra_farmer

Settler
Mar 29, 2016
672
402
Kent
When I acquired some army wool blankets they'd been stored with a camphor type agent and absolutely reeked. So much so to drive home with them from Wales they had to be stored double bagged in bin bags and even so my car stunk.

All I did to get rid of the smell was to wash it at a cool temperature with a gentle liquid soap then leave outside on the line for a couple weeks in rain and sunshine to let nature do its job. Took a little while but the smell went with minimal effort on my part.
That's the trick, wash and lots of UV did wonders for my recycled army bits in the past
 

Hultafors Outdoor knife for Sale

We have a a number of Hultafors Outdoor Knives with Firesteels for sale.

You can see more details here in this thread OUTDOOR KNIVES The price is £27 posted to the UK. Pay via the paypal button below.