| Help! Stinky sea shells?

Help! Stinky sea shells?

Meagan asked:

I collected lots of lovely seashells at the sea shore, but they STINK! How can I get rid of the smell? I thought about bleaching them, but I’m afraid that would fade them.

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2 Responses to “Help! Stinky sea shells?”

  1. keepontruckin on May 16th, 2009 9:50 pm

    Bleach won’t fade them…the color is part of the shell.

    But check first to see if the shells still have the “critters” inside…you may have a conch or spider crab inside that is dead and smelly.

  2. thejanith on May 20th, 2009 5:00 am

    Bleach would certainly fade them if it’s too strong. I would recommend checking out for the proper strength. Her website can tell you how to clean anything. She had the seashell-cleaning hint in her column last summer, but I don’t recall what it was.