/ Musty smelling rucksack

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spartafan - on 18 Apr 2019

Hi,

I have just noticed that my rucksack has a musty smell,abit like my tent.

The rucksack is an Osprey and its only a year old and has no sign of mould.

Any suggestions on how to remove the smell?

I have tried a fabric spray and hung it on the washing line to dry but you can still smell it.

Thanks

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Siward on 19 Apr 2019
In reply to spartafan:

Homebrew steriliser solution/ Milton fluid, something like that?

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SouthernSteve on 19 Apr 2019
In reply to spartafan:

A 10 minute soak in 50% Vinegar is quite good for disgusting running clothes. You could try that, but how safe for proofed materials I would not like to say. This will kill common bugs such as Pseudomonas, and some fungi such as Malassezia, but is less helpful for Staphylococcus. 

Distilled vinegar is better than malt to get rid of the smell of vinegar afterwards  

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nathan79 - on 19 Apr 2019
In reply to spartafan:

Just give it a good scrub with liquid soap/nikwax and hose down in the shower then stick it out to dry properly. Usually does the trick for me. 

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spartafan - on 24 Apr 2019

Thanks for the help.

I was a bit apprehensive using vinegar and Milton solution on my new rucksack,so came across this.

https://www.waitrose.com/ecom/products/waitrose-waterproof-clothing-wash/816164-365631-365632?gclid=Cj0KCQjwkoDmBRCcARIsAG3xzl8m4IsFrqvs5c_swUJGfSkuSU9dRsGuSoXMupDhD-YTvT7OLnIS5kMaAs42EALw_wcB&gclsrc=aw.ds

I soaked the ruckie in the bath for 30 mins,then rinsed it and hung out to dry and it smells fab.

Would defo recommend it.

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Presley Whippet on 25 Apr 2019
In reply to spartafan:

Stick it in the washing machine. Take any frame out first. 

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Hat Dude on 25 Apr 2019
In reply to spartafan:

Walk faster & leave the smell behind quicker ;-)

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plyometrics - on 25 Apr 2019
In reply to spartafan:

Diluted zoflora in a bucket. 

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Hat Dude on 25 Apr 2019
In reply to spartafan:

A more useful suggestion from me is using bicarbonate of soda

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IPPurewater on 25 Apr 2019
In reply to spartafan:

Try putting it in a freezer for a day, then dry it out completely.

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BrendanO - on 25 Apr 2019
In reply to spartafan:

I've just finished dealing with same problem in a motorcycle tankbag containing my waterproofs. 

Based on this, I suggest you don't visit friends who own a kitten they call P!ssy Missy.

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Deadeye - on 25 Apr 2019
In reply to spartafan:

Don't sniff it

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