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Googling provided no answers except for vinegar, which did not work.
I washed this blanket for the first time that was purchased off of ebay. There was a smell emitting from the washer as it was washing clothes.
This is no ordinary "mothball smell". It is extremely stinky, like 30 magic markers were opened in the wash. It's almost as if the blanket was DIPPED in naphthalene.
I tried running it empty with all the vinegar we had which was about 6-10 cups, together with powdered laundry soap, and both hot and cold wash cycles. Will it help if I added some throw-away cloth in it to clean it out? I even put it on a 2-hour wash. The smell is as potent as when we started!
Will airing it out reduce the smell? Ideally, I would like to completely remove the naphthalene, not just the smell.
Is cold better than hot water for this? And lastly, what household compound can I buy that will neutralize the naphthalene?