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    Glad you save the hammock. Now to get out there and get in it. Hanging it in the sun will help refresh it as well.

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    My conclusion is that the white vinegar wash is most likely the best readily available solution for washing. I think that even with just the one wash and then left to dry in the sun, whatever smell traces would have faded away after a short time.

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    White vinegar and warm water!

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    Being an acid, weak as it is, I would be sure to rinse it very well, if not also deactivate the acid with a baking soda solution.
    A lot of vinegar is a petroleum based product. I prefer grain based, it says so on the bottle.
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    Quote Originally Posted by snwcmpr View Post
    Being an acid, weak as it is, I would be sure to rinse it very well, if not also deactivate the acid with a baking soda solution.
    A lot of vinegar is a petroleum based product. I prefer grain based, it says so on the bottle.
    thank you. I will make sure to mark that if i ever have to do a wash like this again. As it was after my light rinse i ended up doing a non-agitating washing machine wash.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Urduja View Post
    Ok, So I just purchased a hammock and it was my bad for not asking if it came from a smoke-free home...
    No, the "my bad" belongs squarely on the seller for not informing you that the hammock was damaged. A pervasive smell of tobacco smoke is a defect that you should have been made aware of before the seller took your money. I realize that smokers can become immune to the nauseating stench but it is a defect none the less.

    I just received a gift of a used down-filled Eddie Bauer parka with a heavy cotton fabric outer shell. I hadn't realized the degree of the tobacco stench until I brought it inside and laid it on my sofa for an hour or so before I could get back to it. By then, that short contact infiltrated the fabric of the sofa and it still reeks 5 days later.

    Since likely only the surface of the fabric is infected by the stench, I'll try a Fabreze fabric spray to see if that works. Then perhaps resort to another technique using a heavy dusting of baking soda for some time, then vacuuming it well. I just put the coat through the washer for about the 5th time with full strength laundry detergent and if the smell isn't gone this time, I'll be getting rid of it.

    I'm glad you got the smell out of your hammock. This, and the fact that so many hangers have gleefully disclosed that they pee from their hammocks, has caused me to think more than twice about buying anything used.

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    I hope the fragile down survives the washing of the fabric.
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    Oh, I had the same issue and I almost gave up to find a solution. Thank you, Urduja, for writing a solution!

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    Put it in a 2-gallon bucket and soak it in Revivex Odor Eliminator (with recommended dilution, of course)
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