Note: This question might be a little offtopic. Kill it if necessary.

I've always had "THC" outdoor jackets which are knitted sheep wool jackets. However, they stink like a stable. Normally I put them outside for a week and the smell is gone.

This time the smell refuses to leave the jacket. It's been outside for two weeks now and still stinks a little bit.

Is there something to speed up the process of removing the smell? Or something to get rid of the smell immediately?

  • Have you tried washing it?
    – Roddy
    Commented Dec 20, 2015 at 15:34
  • @Roddy Yes ... Doesn't have any effects :/
    – OddDeer
    Commented Dec 20, 2015 at 15:35
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    What is THC? Have you tried sprinkling baking soda over it, working it in with a brush, leaving it and then vacuuming the baking soda out? (How old is this jacket?)
    – ab2
    Commented Dec 20, 2015 at 19:59
  • @ab2 I'll try this - thank you! :) I've bought it two weeks ago (+ storage time of course). THC is a German brand called "THC Natural Line". thc-natural-line.de
    – OddDeer
    Commented Dec 20, 2015 at 20:12
  • Experiment with just sprinking the baking soda on and rubbing it in gently. You don't want to abrade a new jacket.
    – ab2
    Commented Dec 20, 2015 at 20:15

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When you think of the amount of wool we normally wear and use - and how it behaves - the only reason a wool garment would stink is that the wool hasn't been properly processed. This document is bit of an eye-opener.


On average, each ton of greasy wool contains:

  • 150 KG woolgrease (when refined this is known as lanolin)
  • 40 KG suint
  • 150 KG dirt
  • 20 KG vegetable matter
  • 640 KG wool fiber

Suint?, I hear you ask... dried perspiration of sheep deposited in the wool and rich in potassium salts http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/suint

I'd return it for a refund if it's just weeks old. Wool clothes shouldn't stink - in fact, the anti-bacterial properties of lanolin are one of the main benefits.

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