Cleaned my gear with wipes and now they smell

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Ken274 New Member • Posts: 3
Cleaned my gear with wipes and now they smell
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Hi all, I’ve recently encountered a problem with my gear and I’m looking for some advice.

My Fuji XT30 and lenses have developed a noticeable odour, it’s a stale smell not unlike sweat or urine. Prior to this, I had wiped them down with antiseptic wipes (Benzylkonium chloride) then stored them in a plastic container with silica packets. The container was brand new and had also been given a quick wipe at the start. I had made sure to leave the container open overnight before closing everything up, to give things a chance to dry.

A month later, I opened the container and my gear had that smell. It’s faded somewhat after being allowed to air out but it’s still lingering.

Have I screwed up my gear? The active ingredient in those wipes does break down into ammonia, which might account for the odour but I’m concerned I’ve introduced moisture into my gear.

Fujifilm X-T3
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