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Sandra J. Paluzzi
Some types of beads, such as bone beads, naturally smell bad. Others have picked up odors after manufacturing - perfume, smoke or body odor. All of these problems can be remedied.
Some people put the beads outside to air out. This will work on some materials, but not necessarily on others such as plastic or ceramic. I use baking soda - Arm and Hammer with odor fighting ingredients. I put the baking soda in a small glass and place the glass and beads in a closed container, such as a cardboard box. I have also heard of people putting the baking soda into an old sock. Exotic dancers frequently tie some soda in a small patch of fabric and place it inside their bra to keep the beads from picking up odors while they dance.
Some people use kitty litter in place of the baking soda. And there are probably a zillion other remedies that I've not yet learned. I'd love to post your tips for deoderizing beads and jewelry. Just email me to get your tip published.
A reader just wrote in that you can put beads in a plastic ziploc baggie with a dryer sheet for a few days to remove odors.
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