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put it in the sun, and it smells no more?

Postby bizzbeth on Wed Mar 05, 2008 6:43 pm

i heard if you put something that smells, like idk, socks, etc, in the sun for a while, that the ultraviolent rays remove the smell. ive never tried this before, but when my mom threw out my old sneakers that i love, i had to dig them our of the bin and wash them. And they still smell like garbage.
So im asking if this little trick works before i attempt to ruin my shoes even further.
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Re: put it in the sun, and it smells no more?

Postby CaterpillarGirl on Wed Mar 05, 2008 7:26 pm

Ooh, I read this in Making Stuff and Doing Things, I think. It seems logical, sunlight is apparently antibacterial, and it's typically bacteria that make things smell so bad. If you put your shoes in direct sunlight nothing bad is gonna happen to them, unless you leave them there for weeks and weeks (which could make them fade etc).

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Re: put it in the sun, and it smells no more?

Postby nikki626 on Tue Mar 11, 2008 9:41 pm

well, since sun dleaches things, i can imagine it could also wipe out a stinkie stink...a prof i had years back said when she lived in spain she would never use bleach, she would just wash her sheets n lay them out in the sun to dry and they were always SUPER white...
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Re: put it in the sun, and it smells no more?

Postby Miss Marie on Tue Mar 11, 2008 9:46 pm

sunlight kills bacteria, so I bet it would work...
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Postby PerfectlyFuckedUp on Tue Mar 11, 2008 9:57 pm

CaterpillarGirl wrote:Ooh, I read this in Making Stuff and Doing Things, I think. It seems logical, sunlight is apparently antibacterial, and it's typically bacteria that make things smell so bad. If you put your shoes in direct sunlight nothing bad is gonna happen to them, unless you leave them there for weeks and weeks (which could make them fade etc).



Making Stuff and Doing Things? is that a magazine? I've never heard of it. It sounds like somthing I should read.
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Re: put it in the sun, and it smells no more?

Postby DarcyFox on Wed Mar 12, 2008 1:35 am

nikki626 wrote:she would just wash her sheets n lay them out in the sun to dry and they were always SUPER white...


I'm a bit confused?? don't most people lay there sheets and wahing in the sun anyway? or did she do it differently?
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Re: put it in the sun, and it smells no more?

Postby CaterpillarGirl on Wed Mar 12, 2008 7:41 pm

PerfectlyFuckedUp wrote:
CaterpillarGirl wrote:Ooh, I read this in Making Stuff and Doing Things, I think. It seems logical, sunlight is apparently antibacterial, and it's typically bacteria that make things smell so bad. If you put your shoes in direct sunlight nothing bad is gonna happen to them, unless you leave them there for weeks and weeks (which could make them fade etc).



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Re: put it in the sun, and it smells no more?

Postby luckylucy on Mon May 12, 2008 6:32 pm

I've heard you can plaster them with backing soda, put them in a plastic bag, and toss the whole concoction in the freezer for a couple of days.
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Re: put it in the sun, and it smells no more?

Postby Jessucka on Mon May 12, 2008 7:26 pm

luckylucy wrote:I've heard you can plaster them with backing soda, put them in a plastic bag, and toss the whole concoction in the freezer for a couple of days.


The cold in the freezer is supposed to kill the bacteria, but nothin beats a good washing.
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Postby emmalynn on Mon May 12, 2008 7:34 pm

luckylucy wrote:I've heard you can plaster them with backing soda, put them in a plastic bag, and toss the whole concoction in the freezer for a couple of days.


That totally works. I had this pair of shoes that would make my feet smell AWFUL, and mind you, I have never had stinky feet in my life before this. I dumped baking soda inside 'em, stuck the pair in a plastic ziplock, and left it in the freezer for a few days. They came out smelling like roses(though not literally, of course), so that might be a better option instead of leaving them in the sun.
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Re: put it in the sun, and it smells no more?

Postby sycho in the saddle on Mon May 12, 2008 7:35 pm

I thought if you put something in the sun it might smell more for some reason.
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Postby Tabbycat on Thu May 15, 2008 1:54 am

i would think the warmth would make things fester....which usually results in bad smells.
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Postby die-my-darling_x on Thu May 15, 2008 1:59 am

i alway thought if you put something in the sun that already smells, it would smell even worse... haha the heat always happens to stink things up :lol:
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Re: put it in the sun, and it smells no more?

Postby DarcyFox on Thu May 15, 2008 2:27 am

Yup just heat can make things fester and smell but it is the uv rays hitting the item that clean and de-smell it.

Uv rays kill bacteria and bacteria are usually what cause bad smells.
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Re: put it in the sun, and it smells no more?

Postby die-my-darling_x on Thu May 15, 2008 2:40 am

DarcyFox wrote:Yup just heat can make things fester and smell but it is the uv rays hitting the item that clean and de-smell it.

Uv rays kill bacteria and bacteria are usually what cause bad smells.


Ooooh... makes sense now.
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