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    Birthday Disaster HELP!!

    Creation in Hope
    Fri Dec 23, 2011 10:31 am Groupie
    Hello everyone, I am normally in the Contests and Events section. I came here since I am in desperate need for assistance!!

    I am posting here since there is camping and such here, maybe someone knows what I can do.

    I had my daughter's 8th birthday party at a Lake Center for Weird Science Experiments. Well they went outside to do some vinegar and baking soda exploding experiment and my daughter was helping, and when it exploded she took a couple steps back andfvxz
    lv\ she fell into a small pond.

    She was all the way into the pond, the only thing not covered was thankfully her face! The pond water was absolutely revolting and disgusting!! The smell almost made you want to be sick in and of itself, let alone the fact that it was freezing cold outside as well. Thankfully they had a bathroom with a tub in it so we were able to bathe her right there and get her warmed up, with some clean clothes that a family member went and got her from their house close by.

    Now I have a winter coat, clothes, and some faux leather boots that were completely submerged into that disgusting water. They are in bags in the back of my car. I have no idea how to get the smell out of them, or what to do with her boots. She has only had the boots maybe a week or two, she got them as a early Christmas present from her cousin.

    I know I need to wash them, I was thinking of taking them to the laundry mat and washing them there so I don't get all that in my washer since I don't know if the smell will stick around.

    Does anyone know how I should treat the boots? Do you know if that horrible smell will come out? The ladies at the center said that there was no way to clean the boots, that they are ruined. Is there any hope for my daughters clothes and boots??
    Fri Dec 23, 2011 10:59 am
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    With the things that are washable, have you tried Febreeze or one of those products that promise to get out smells? I've never used them, fortunately no need to, but at least on TV they seem to promise wonders.

    There are commercial companies that get smells out after disasters like fires, but I don't know about this type of things - this is most likely caused by algea and bacteria growing in the pond. Those things are organic, and if the stuff is a loss unless you can find some solution for it, the only other thing I can think of to try is a pet odor remover. I cannot remember the name of the stuff, and brands may be different, but if you go to a large pet store, and say you want something to get out animal urine smell, they will give you the right stuff. Urine is organic also, and if the clothes are a loss anyway, one last effort is worth the nominal cost.

    Also, do you have a place you can hang the clothes up outside after treatment? Sunshine is a natural disinfectant/bleaching agent/deoderizer. Much better that a dryer, which will tend to bake things in. I'm with you on using a commercial laundry machine rather than your home machine. Lots of water will help, and the larger capacity of laundromat machines would be good. Be prepared to run an additional cycle with it empty to get rid of any residue of course.

    As to the faux leather boots, there are a couple of things that come to mind. First, the faux leather part of it is probably ok, but the backing and the insoles have absorbed the smell. Additionally, usually those types of shoes use glue for the insoles, soles, etc., and prolonged exposure to water will cause it to separate. But again, if your only other choice is to throw them out, I would try soaking it in a solution of the animal urine removal product (you mix a few capfuls with water to make a solution), then putting somewhere a bit warm, like near a heat register, but not on top of one, to dry as fast as possible. Stuff the insides with crumpled newspapers. Crumpled newspapers are suggested when you have a refrigerator full of spoiled food that makes the fridge smell.

    (If the insoles are removable, I'd remove and throw out and put in Scholl's or whatever).

    The animal urine product is wonderful. My brother bought a house owned by a lady who had 17 cats, plus all the neighborhood cats came in to play. None were spayed, I don't think. We carried the solution in sprayer bottles in holsters, and wherever we had a whiff of cat smell, we sprayed. It was amazingly effective.

    I hope someone can come up with better solutions that I have suggested. But I hope these give you some ideas.
    Fri Dec 23, 2011 11:27 am
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    I had something similar happen to me, where my golf cart rolled off the bank into a pond, and I had to jump in to retrieve it. Not quite as smelly, but the clothes I had on were nothing special so I washed with some bleach - that took care of the problem. This would be a last ditch, since the clothes are new - unless they are chlorine bleach safe to begin with. Bleach can be really good for this kind of thing, but it is very harsh on fibers.
    Fri Dec 23, 2011 9:53 pm
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    I don't know that I can offer any better suggestions than duonyte has already offered.

    But for the clothes, I think I might add baking soda (about 1/2 to 1 cup, depending on how strong the smell is and how full the washer is) to the wash cycle too, to help absorb the odors a little more than just the laundry detergent.

    Maybe spray the boots with fabreeze as duonyte suggested, or even a fresh-scent Lysol spray. You might have to do it a few times. I have to spray my daughter's leather riding boots all the time, and those Lysol products work well to neutralize the strong animal odors. Maybe it will work for that strong, lingering pond smell on your daughters boots, too.
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