Readers, I need your help. I recently found a bag of metal zippers at a thrift shop. There must be 50 zippers in this bag, all in beautiful condition. Well, of course, I grabbed them right away. I am thrilled with my buy ($3.99 for the bag) because I often replace zippers on students' winter jackets at school.
This buy will save me a lot - I usually pay $3 -5 a zipper. I don't charge the students because I am a teacher and I don't want any misunderstandings coming from an exchange of money. So, I pay for the zippers myself and when all is said and done, it isn't a lot of money at all. But this new stash of zippers will save me money and individual trips to the fabric store. There is only one problem....
The zippers have a musty smell to them. How do I remove the smell? I have had them soaking in Downy but I don't want to do that for too long because the metal may rust.
So I am appealing to you, dear readers, what can I do? Please let me know know any hints or tricks you've tried or think will work. I am desperate!
I ended up fusing a lot of suggestions together and the musty smell is gone! I washed once with bleach, boiling water and drying them on hot in the dryer. This took a huge part of the smell out. Then I used Lysol, soaked for ten minutes and rinsed with water. And I put them in the dryer again. The smell is all gone - good riddance. Thank you for all your suggestions!