Smelly Shells

sameboatFebruary 20, 2009

I would like to put some seashells on the wreaths I make but I'm afraid they will be smelly. If I purchase the shells, they are not native to MA beaches, which is where I live. If I collect the shells on the beach, they SMELL! How to rid them of that awful smell?

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Bleach them and air out.

    Bookmark   February 20, 2009 at 6:48PM
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Here in CA we put in water on the stove and cook out the smell....just barely bring to boil I believe.

    Bookmark   February 20, 2009 at 9:46PM
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Wow! Thank you everyone!

    Bookmark   February 21, 2009 at 11:28AM
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My grandmother always put them in a bucket with bleach water in it over night. I still have some of her shells that she collected, oh my!, over 40 years ago! and they do not smell to this day. She rinsed them the next day and layed them out to dry. She and grandpa spent about 3 winters in FL before he died. When they came home, the shells got stored in coffee cans or whatever they had to put them in. They never smelled.


    Bookmark   February 21, 2009 at 9:18PM
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I read somewhere that if they still have chunks of critter in them to find an ant hill and let them clean it out.

    Bookmark   February 21, 2009 at 11:11PM
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Hopefully, I'm not hijacking by asking this, since it's not about shells..., but a few times I've purchased strings of crafting "pearls" and when you open the plastic bag, they stink just like a skunk!! I've aired, doused with Febreze, soaked in soapy water, etc etc but nothing would eliminate that awful odor, so finally chunked the pearls.:(
Any ideas, please?
Thank you!:)

    Bookmark   February 22, 2009 at 11:35AM
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Twinklenose, Put them in a plastic bag with some charcoal. Not the kind with the lighter fluid already in it, the plain stuff. Leave them sealed up for a few days. Worked when my car smelled like rotten milk, even after cleaning the carpet after the milk jug leaked. Also took the smell of spoiled food out of a refrigerator.


    Bookmark   February 25, 2009 at 11:46PM
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