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    Red face Getting Fish Oil Stank Out of Clothing

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    So I had a Fish Oil capsule get squished in my flightsuit (NOMEX) pocket for work. Now, even after several washes, I still smell like anchovy guts (the suit, not me - as far as I can tell).

    I have tried extra detergent, oxyclean, dishsoap, and extra dryer sheets; all with no respite. The oil spot washed away, but The STANK remains.

    Does anyone have a good remedy for Stanksuit?

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    That's funny, 'cause I had one break in my suitcase - fortunately for me, one pair of underwear caught most of it. I didn't discover it until I was wearing said underwear one day and kept wondering where the fish smell was coming from. I think my wife soaked it in vinegar and baking soda and the smell is all gone. Good luck.

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    Luckily I'm in Southern Louisiana, and it's like cologne 'round these parts.

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    Is stank the new stink?

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    I think hot water and lots of soap is the key.
    That reminds me of a funny story involving a grokling and LOTS of fish oils caps (resulting in fishy laundry). I'll spare you the icky details, but let's just say that she now listens when I tell her to limit herself to 2 capsules!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Saoirse View Post
    I think hot water and lots of soap is the key.
    That reminds me of a funny story involving a grokling and LOTS of fish oils caps (resulting in fishy laundry). I'll spare you the icky details, but let's just say that she now listens when I tell her to limit herself to 2 capsules!
    Oh my!

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    I washed a pair of uniform combat pants with a forgotten fish oil capsule in the pocket. Horrible fishy smell that didn't go away until I let them sit in the basement for a month before I learned to do the vinegar soak (diluted) and wash with plenty of baking soda in the wash cycle. It worked, but I recall it took a few washes. If this doesn't work, can you trade the flight suit back in for a replacement at supply/CQ?

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    It's not a military flightsuit. I will have to try the vinegar and baking soda soak. I'll just keep washing it until either it disintegrates, or I can get a new one ordered.

    Thanks everyone!

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    Yes, it was a HUGE smelly mess. I also made the mistake of trying to wash her clothes with my baby's cloth diapers, so those had to be stripped as well!

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    When I was in college I worked for the National Marine Fisheries Service (fed govt.) on a pogey plant (pogey is menhaden, a species of fish in the herring family processed for fish oil and meal). My clothes smelled like that by the end of each day. At the end of the summer I just burned them, but yours is nomex, so I guess that's out. Also from south Louisiana here.

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