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Old 08-17-2009, 11:59 PM   #1
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OK, I don't want the musty smell back but I power cleaned the inside of my 'new to me' 1990 Scamp and now it smells like a chemical factory. I have aired it out for the past month, yet it still smells like Febreze or worse...strong chemicals.

I've put strong fans running constantly in it with all the windows and vents open for days on end...still smells like Febreze.

I put a heater in it thinking I could raise the temp and burn out the toxic smell like they do with new buildings...still it smells like Febreze.

I brewed coffee in it and let it boil for 20 minutes... 10 minutes later, it smelled like Febreze again.

I HATE FEBREZE!

My next plan is to buy 10 boxes of baking soda to see if that will absorb the smell. I'm desperate. Any suggestions?

thanks in advance.

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Old 08-18-2009, 12:17 AM   #2
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Activated charcoal?
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Old 08-18-2009, 12:27 AM   #3
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Fry up a pan of applewood smoked bacon. You'll lose the febreeze smell but you'll allways have that fresh breakfast smell instead
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Old 08-18-2009, 12:42 AM   #4
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put some popareii (i don't know how to spell it) in water and let it simmer on the stove or put a few drops of vanilla extract on a hot skillet.
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Old 08-18-2009, 06:02 AM   #5
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put some popareii (i don't know how to spell it) in water and let it simmer on the stove or put a few drops of vanilla extract on a hot skillet.
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Joe were you thinking about potpourri ??

Apple cider vinegar. Put some in a couple of bowls set around the trailer. It will change the PH of the air.
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Old 08-18-2009, 09:05 AM   #6
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Joe were you thinking about potpourri ??

Apple cider vinegar. Put some in a couple of bowls set around the trailer. It will change the PH of the air.
That's it Donna..... I'm usually a pretty good speller but that one just threw me off. LOL
That apple cider vinegar is a good one too.
Lysol "Crisp Linen Scent" is also worth a try as it eliminates odors and doesn't just mask the odor....
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Old 08-18-2009, 09:15 AM   #7
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I am on the charcoal band wagon myself. I also had an issue in a drawer in my house- rotten potatoes. I stuffed it with newspapers for about a week or so, changing them every couple of days and VOILA- no more rotten potato smell. So have you tried stuffing the trailer full of newspaper? Sounds like a fun weekend activity to keep the kids busy! Seriously, maybe stuff the areas that are really bad and closed in. I had the same issue with damp areas and did the same with the fans. Once it dried out and I was able to air it, it now smells OK. It took a few months though. Go for the charcoal.
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Old 08-18-2009, 11:06 AM   #8
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do you or do you have a friend that smokes?

Close all the windows... Invite them over for a card tournament!

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Old 08-18-2009, 11:10 AM   #9
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I guess my question would be, What is smelling? I think you need to get to the root of the problem first, and find the source of the smell. Cause I have never had Febreeze last that long, heck a few hours at most. Then it just smells fresh not chemically. I am very sensitive to smell of chemicals (can't eat that pre washed salad in a bag cause I can smell the preservatives). To me, if the charcoal, vinegar, or baking soda don't do the job within a day or two, something else is going on and should be investigated. Airing out for a week should have done it, over a month makes me think rut.....row! Good luck!
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Old 08-18-2009, 12:50 PM   #10
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Thank you all for your suggestions.

I'm kind of in the charcoal camp myself, but unfortunately I couldn't find any but I was able to find apple cider vinegar (ACV) and baking soda so I'm going to try those first.

This morning I closed up the camper after having placed 3 bowls of ACV inside. I have the fan blowing to move the air around. In the 3 minutes I was in the enclosed camper with the ACV it already started to smell better, let's hope that lasts.

Waiting in the bullpen are the boxes of baking soda.

I'll keep you posted on what works/doesn't work.

Robin, I understand you completely. Finding the source of the smell is important. To be honest I think it is a combo of the Febreze, Scrubbing Bubbles, scented 409, Simple Green, carpet cleaner and paint I used to get the inside to sparkle. It looks beautiful. Obviously, the smell isn't good.

I also think I went a little psycho with the Febreze. I too have a sensitive sense of smell, but unfortunately I also have the patience of a gnat on crack. All the cleaning I did got rid of 99% of the musty smell, but I was too impatient to wait for it to air out so I sprayed Febreze until I was suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome (or close to it). You know the old saying, "If a little is good, a lot must be better." Well, with Febreze it ain't so!!!!

Gina, they just celebrated Hemp Fest here in Seattle, maybe I should have hosted a card game for a couple of attendees. :-) That would have definitely changed the smell or my attitude towards the smell.

Well, let's see how the ACV goes.

Thanks everyone,

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Old 08-18-2009, 01:35 PM   #11
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OK, I don't want the musty smell back but I power cleaned the inside of my 'new to me' 1990 Scamp and now it smells like a chemical factory. [b]I have aired it out for the past month, yet it still smells like Febreze or worse...strong chemicals.

I've put strong fans running constantly in it with all the windows and vents open for days on end...still smells like Febreze.

I put a heater in it thinking I could raise the temp and burn out the toxic smell like they do with new buildings...still it smells like Febreze.

I brewed coffee in it and let it boil for 20 minutes... 10 minutes later, it smelled like Febreze again.

I HATE FEBREZE!

My next plan is to buy 10 boxes of baking soda to see if that will absorb the smell. I'm desperate. Any suggestions?

thanks in advance.

-Carl
Put a 2 or 3 small dishes of vinegar on the floor. they will absorb all the odor in a day or two. the vinegar smell will dissapte over a day or two. no need to sprinkle, that will leave a vinegar smell for longer.
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Old 08-18-2009, 05:13 PM   #12
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STOP!!! Please stop.

1-800-308-3279 Febreze Customer Service (Proctor & Gamble)

Talk to a human being; DO NOT SEND THEM AN E-MAIL!

This is a common problem when consumers are looking for instant results.
I assure you that you won't be the first caller to say " Hey, I may have done something dumb and I need your help,please". Give them a list of ALL of the things you tried and a list of ALL of the products you used. They won't call you a dummy but they will be VERY INTERESTED in your well being. "How are you feelin'? Eyes watering? Nose running? Etc.

After the formalities, they may even invite you over for a beer, and then you can ask how to
get rid of the smell. It's their product; they know the answers.



Please call them.
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Yes, I am a retired EMT. There are a number of us on this site that have had to deal with these issues. "Let me help you outside. Please take a couple of deep breaths"

Did I ever tell you about the time, early one a Spring, I opened up my boat and found a dead squirrel? This might take a while; would you like another beer?

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Old 08-18-2009, 11:27 PM   #14
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Wow Carl, a guy that cleans that good, better watch out. Lot's of women are looking for a great cleaning hubby............................... Do you give lessons? My Hubby sure could use a few classes.
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