Project Prepper, Part 23: Removing That Military Surplus Smell

“I’m sorry! I thought the vinegar would get rid of the smell!”

I was saying this only a short while ago this evening to my girlfriend, who fled the lower part of our house for the less-smelly refuge offered by the second floor master bedroom.

You see, she just got a whiff of two vintage East German military laundry bags after coming out of the washing machine.

It wreaked pretty bad. Even after I took steps to get rid of the smell.

I’ve been buying military surplus for a number of years now. It’s been my experience that items from former Eastern Bloc countries are incredibly “fragrant.” Czechoslovakia and East Germany readily come to mind here.

In anticipation of those two laundry bags from the former Communist state arriving, I conducted a little research into eliminating, or at least minimizing, that military surplus smell. In the past, I just ran the surplus items through the wash a couple of times. That helped a little. After moving to the new house, I did this plus aired the items out in the detached garage for a couple of months. More improvement.

This time around, I gathered a number of suggestions for combating the stench from the Internet. Ammonia, baking soda, vinegar, Febreze, OdoBan, OxiClean, and even airing out the offending items in the garage for up to a year were some remedies suggested.

I went with adding a cup of distilled vinegar to the wash since I knew we had a gallon of the stuff tucked away somewhere around here.

This afternoon, the bags went into the laundry machine with detergent, color-safe bleach, and a cup of distilled vinegar added when the rinse cycle began, as this was recommended by a few different people out in cyberspace.

Pulling them out of the washing machine, I noticed the military surplus stench was not only still there, but more intense. I headed upstairs from the basement utility room, at which point my girlfriend’s nostrils got a full blast of good old-fashioned Cold War Communism.

As the post intro suggests, she’s not too pleased with me. I feel bad.

After the unprovoked East German assault, I threw the bags back into the washing machine and drowned them with only a cup of distilled vinegar. I added another one at the rinse cycle for good measure. I just got the bags out a short time ago to air dry, and while the smell is still there, it doesn’t seem to be as bad as before. Proponents of the vinegar method claim there might be a vinegar smell (there is- slightly) until the item dries out.

Judging by the intensity of the fragrance, I’m not going to hold my breath concerning vinegar successfully eliminating the odor.

Actually, I probably will.

I’ll update the post later and let you know of the final results. In the meantime, any reader suggestions on dealing with that intense military surplus smell?

Tags: , , , , ,

Wednesday, December 11th, 2013 Clothing, Europe, Gear, How To, Military, Project Prepper

2 Comments to Project Prepper, Part 23: Removing That Military Surplus Smell

  1. Vinegar works for me. I soak them overnight in vinegar and warm water. After soaking, I just wash them normally with detergent. You could also try using chlorine dioxide if it still didn’t work.

  2. Chad Fulton on December 15th, 2013
  3. Thanks for that recommendation Chad Fulton. I plan on updating this post in the next couple of days.

  4. Editor on January 8th, 2014

Leave a comment

Survival And Prosperity
Est. 2010, Chicagoland, USA
Christopher E. Hill, Editor

Successor to Boom2Bust.com
"The Most Hated Blog On Wall Street"
(Memorial Day Weekend 2007-2010)

This Project Dedicated to St. Jude
Patron Saint of Desperate Situations



Please Rate this Blog HERE

happyToSurvive

Advertising Disclosure here. "Code Needed"=Promo Code Found On Advertiser Website. Ad Captions Last Updated 7/20/16.
ANY CHARACTER HERE
Blade HQ Knives New! Blade HQ Reviewed HERE.
ANY CHARACTER HERE
Buy Gold And Silver Coins Silver Rounds 69¢ Over Spot Any Quantity; Secondary Market 100 Oz. Silver Bars 39¢ Over Spot Per Troy Oz., Any Quantity, Free Shipping. BGASC Reviewed HERE.
ANY CHARACTER HERE
BullionVault World's Largest Online Investment Gold Service & Part-Owned By World Gold Council. BullionVault.com Reviewed HERE.
ANY CHARACTER HERE
Free 4-Week Emergency Food Kit w/ 3-Month Emergency Food Supply; Big Savings On "Deal Of The Day" Page. MyPatriotSupply.com Reviewed HERE.
ANY CHARACTER HERE
Survival Titles Save 20% Bladed Weapons, Combat, Firearms, Martial Arts, Military, Police, Preparedness, Self-Defense, Shooting, Survival Titles. Paladin Press Reviewed HERE.
ANY CHARACTER HERE
World's First Bulletproof Baseball Cap Only $129; Bulletproof Ceramic Plate (NIJ Level III Stand-Alone) Only $169; Bulletproof Backpack/Messenger Bag Panel Only $99. BulletSafe Reviewed HERE.
 

Categories

Archives

Prepper Website

RSS Chris Hill’s Other Blog: Offshore Safe Deposit Boxes

  • Related Reading: Strong Demand In Germany For Safe Deposit Boxes
    Back in March and May of this year I blogged about Germans looking to safe deposit boxes to preserve their wealth in a negative interest rate environment. Tuesday night I came across a related article by The Sovereign Society’s editorial director JL Yastine on the Sovereign Investor Daily website. Discussing the subject of negative rates, […]
  • Related Reading: Gold Popular With British Post Brexit
    Earlier today I came across an interesting article on Reuters.com about the popularity of physical gold with British citizens in the wake of the historic “Brexit” vote. Clara Denina reported this morning: Dealers are seeing an unprecedented amount of interest in gold, much of it from first-time buyers, to take advantage of its role as […]
  • Related Reading: Japanese Gold Owners Look To Switzerland For Storage, Protection
    Switzerland still has significant appeal for Asians who own gold. Masumi Suga and Ichiro Suzuki reported on the Bloomberg website July 7: Japanese investors are buying gold to store in Switzerland because of negative interest rates and fears the yen will depreciate as the government grapples with the heaviest public debt burden in the developed […]
  • Related Reading: A Visit To Baoku Treasury, The World’s Largest Private, Non-Bank Safe Deposit Box Facility
    Back on May 18, I blogged about the recent opening of Baoku Treasury, the world’s largest private, non-bank safe deposit box facility. I haven’t come across that much material about the Shanghai, China, private vault in my research, so it was with great pleasure that I spotted an article about Baoku on the Sixth Tone […]
  • Related Reading: Robert W. Wood’s ‘Reporting Cash, Gold And Safety Deposit Boxes On FBARs?’
    Tonight I happened to read an article published on the Forbes website last Thursday entitled “Reporting Cash, Gold And Safety Deposit Boxes On FBARs?” The contributing author was Robert W. Wood, a San Francisco, California-based tax lawyer. It’s an insightful read on a complicated subject, where even Wood noted: Filing without thinking carefully about such […]