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Stinky luggage - How to fix???

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1. Posted by Merrigold (Budding Member 2 posts) 8y

Daughter borrow my luggage a month ago. She stayed at a brand new 5 star resort in Mexico. When she returned the luggage smelled like mildew (she said the room did too). She left it in her cold garage for a week. When I got it back it still smelled bad. I have sprayed it with Fabreeze 3 times and left it outside in sub-zero temp. but it still smells. Can it be salvaged??

2. Posted by SamSalmon (Respected Member 626 posts) 8y

Dishwashing detergent does a great job, use really hot water and leave it soak in the tub.

If it's not washable then Febreze will work if you use most of a bottle then wrap the luggage in a garbage bag and leave it for a week or so, then air out.

3. Posted by Merrigold (Budding Member 2 posts) 8y

Thanks for the suggestion. I will try that today. Someone suggested crumpled up newspapers and baking soda for the inside and that has really made an improvement but the outside still smells musty so I think if I don't get rid of that, it will eventually start smelling inside again.

4. Posted by fussy (Inactive 208 posts) 8y

You probably have not killed the mildew spores, if you not too worried about fade, I would try a bathroom mould type cleaning spray, then leave out in sun to thoroughily dry.

5. Posted by beejaytea (Budding Member 5 posts) 7y

To remove the smell from Shoes, my Mum puts a handful of charcoal from the bottom of the open fire in each shoe and wraps them in a plastic supermarket bag for about a week.

The charcoal absorbs mould spores, moisture and ocour.

Maybe this could work for your smelly luggage? - except use a garbage bag to fit the luggage in as you need to seal closed the bag.

Good luck.

6. Posted by Redpaddy (Inactive 1004 posts) 7y

What material is the luggage made from - do you know??