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Topic: What is that foul chemical smell on newly bought clothing?

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Posted on: Oct 17, 2014 05:01PM

painterly wrote:

Hi Lovely Ladies,

I didn't know where to post this one.

Today, I went shopping and bought several items. I sure needed new clothes!  Gosh with spending my time this past summer in golfing attire and in my spare time wearing my painting/gardening clothes, boy was I needing new clothes!

So, about these new clothes. They stink! Anyone know what is that foul chemical smell on newly bought clothing? I placed them all in the dining room while I prepared dinner and now this horrible chemical smell is permeating the entire house.

I googled my question and it seems clothing has been manufactured with the use of formaldehyde to retain its crispness in crossing the continents. YUK. Anyone know how to get rid of the smell?

One item I bought last year was so strong and after leaving it in the lanai (while in Florida) for several days and then washing it, I still couldn't get rid of the smell so I got rid of the item.

My problem is that after my mastectomy, I am especially sensitive to chemicals and anything with a hint of a chemical odour will cause a rash.

Hoping that some of you lovely ladies have the ideal solution for my problem.

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Oct 17, 2014 08:28PM 208sandy wrote:

I share your pain with this "new way of doing business" it has been around for a few years now and on every kind of clothing - expensive or not - I wash everthing before I wear it and in the case of jeans I wash them two or three times before wearing - it is a finishing wash they use to keep the fabric stiff and looking new and also you can faintly smell camphor (moth balls) in the mix to keep out the varmits when stuff is being shipped - I never have anything drycleaned either for the same reason - if it smells like a chemical waste dump I don't want it near my skin - for that same reason I abhor this new love affair that manufacturers of laundry detergents, trash bags and dryer sheets (to name a few) have with Febreeze - it is a scent that to me speaks of cheap perfume - it is nauseating!

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Oct 17, 2014 08:40PM Moonflwr912 wrote:

Yes the smell is strong. I wash everything first. If the smell is still there I use vinegar in the wash. Add it to the rinse as well. Then just wash again. That should get rid of almost any smell. Vinegar is wonderful. 

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Oct 17, 2014 09:11PM Kicks wrote:

I soak new 'smelly' clothes over night in a solution of OxyClean (or generic version) and then run through the washer.  Squirtz with vinegar water and let dry naturally.  Then wash again to get rid of the vinegar 'aroma'.

Dx 8/7/2009, IBC, Stage IIIC, 19/19 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- Chemotherapy 8/25/2009 AC Surgery 10/21/2009 Lymph node removal: Right; Mastectomy: Right Chemotherapy 11/11/2009 Taxol (paclitaxel) Radiation Therapy 2/4/2010 Breast, Lymph nodes
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Oct 17, 2014 11:31PM Blessings2011 wrote:

I wash everything... no more dry cleaning for me! And I always wash new clothes before wearing them.

With some of the more stinky stuff, I soak it in a tub of BIZ overnight. That's the best product I found when I was trying to get rid of mold and mildew odors from clothing that had been stored in a damp place. (I was donating them, but would have thrown them in the trash before giving any smelly stuff away.)

I use a hypoallergenic detergent, and things that have been soaked overnight come out quite nicely.

Dx 9/15/2011, IDC, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 12/4/2011 Lymph node removal: Left; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Surgery 8/21/2012 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Hormonal Therapy 9/4/2012 Arimidex (anastrozole) Hormonal Therapy 10/21/2013 Femara (letrozole)
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Oct 18, 2014 06:17PM painterly wrote:

Thanks for the tips everyone.

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Oct 18, 2014 07:12PM Tomboy wrote:

Blessings, yeah, thanks! i am going to check out BIZ. that sounds cool.

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