Does anyone have any tips on how to remove the odor from seashells?

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I have tried to use a bleach/water mixture, but they still smell. Any suggestions?

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  • Gk Gk on Jun 17, 2018
    Put them on a cookie sheet and let them dry in the sun for a few days.

  • Beckie Beckie on Jun 17, 2018
    Try White Vinegar! It works on every other smell I have used it for!

  • Linda Sikut Linda Sikut on Jun 17, 2018
    Hi Doreen,
    Oh how I remember the days when I used to pick up sea shells on the beach. I used to have quite a collection. :) I also remember finding sand dollars and I wanted to make them into Christmas Ornaments. Some of these shells though smelled too much like the ocean and a few smelled really bad. I remember washing the shells and putting them out in the sun for a few days and that worked. Just for the fun of it, I actually looked up the "proper" way to do it and found the article below. Wishing you the best!

  • Wxw Wxw on Jun 17, 2018
    Try a combination of both previous suggestions. Soak in vinegar/water, 2:1. Let them dry in the sun. When completely dry, inside and out, i spray them with flat polyurethane getting into the crevices as best as possible. If you prefer a shiny/wet look, you can use a shiny polyurethane.

  • Mary Mary on Jun 17, 2018
    did you try white vinegar or peroxide?