How to get the smell out of a dried starfish

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How to get the smell out of a dried starfish
Starfish can contribute to a home's seashore decor. (Hemera Technologies/ Images)

Starfish make interesting and meaningful souvenirs of seacoast vacations. Tourists and beachcombers generally collect starfish for their intriguing shapes and designs. Since starfish are animals, they develop an odour after they die. This odour gradually intensifies until starfish are properly preserved. Simply drying starfish in the sun does not eliminate the odour; they must undergo a soaking process before going on display. Promptly get the smell out of a dried starfish using alchohol.

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Things you need

  • 1 qt. 70-percent isopropyl alcohol
  • Pail
  • Paper towel
  • Heavy objects

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  1. 1

    Pour 1 qt. of 70-percent isopropyl alcohol into a pail. Submerge the foul-smelling starfish in the undiluted isopropyl alcohol.

  2. 2

    Soak the starfish in the isopropyl alcohol for 48 hours.

  3. 3

    Remove the starfish from the isopropyl alcohol. Place the wet starfish on a paper towel in direct sunlight to air-dry.

  4. 4

    Lay heavy objects on the starfish's legs to keep them from curling up. Do not place anything on the starfish's legs if they are already stiff, as they may break.

Tips and warnings

  • Never collect live starfish. Leave them undisturbed in their natural habitat.

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