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What's that Smell?
How to get rid of the fishy odor that is sometimes found in silk
by Jackie E-S
Knitters ask –
Do you know how to get rid of the fishy odor that is sometimes found in silk? I've had this occur in both fiber and material, as well as in clothing. What causes it and how can I get rid of it?
The smell is caused by leftover sericin in the silk (the gummy residue from the silk cocoon). Most silk is already degummed, but poorer
qualities(?) may not have been as thoroughly degummed as they should.
Simmer the silk in a bath with some soap, or just wash multiple times and eventually the smell will go away. Some are more stubborn than others.
I learned by experience very early on several years ago, and avoid the smelly ones if at all possible. I'd rather be using my time spinning,
knitting, or weaving, rather than washing.
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