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« Reply #1210 on: January 09, 2019 02:27:39 PM »

Thanks CLM and kbrison, I'll try some of those methods!

Isn't it amazing what gets put in clothes today? I buy so much second hand, most clothes for myself and my kids, and one recent pair of pants still smells like fabric softener and toilet cleaner. The rough cheap kind, ot some nice organic stuff... Ick. That has been through the wash several times. Others, especially the kiddie clothes, often smell like very perfumey laundry soaps, those get a vinegar soak. Make me cough so much! There are actual laundry scent beads now you can put in the dryer I believe, and they are supposed to make your laundry smell "nice" for 8-12 washes. Then of course some storebought clothes or fabrics manage to smell forever of other, even stranger things I don't even want to know, just try to wash it out very thoroughly. So far I'm the only one at home reacting to these things, and I hope it stays that way.
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« Reply #1211 on: January 09, 2019 03:32:13 PM »

That just happened to me, too! But the smells here weren't nearly as stubborn. One particular item had me sneezing violently until I re-washed it, and that one didn't even have a smell, so there's no telling what was on it.

I wish I had some more ideas for the yarn smell, but the only other thing I can think of is a large amount of baking soda (sodium bicarbonate), as another odor neutralizer. That might be difficult to fully wash out of the cowl though.
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« Reply #1212 on: January 09, 2019 03:52:14 PM »

Oh yes, baking soda is another good idea, thank you!

It is really weird, and it has me cringing. I really do not want to wear it as it is. Crocheting it up was kind of fine, but I got a little sneezy, and then when I had pulled it over my had for the picture my nose was bright red and i was sneezing and coughing... So I really need to try things that take out or break down the smelly whatever instead of just putting some nicer scent on it.
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« Reply #1213 on: January 11, 2019 05:00:09 AM »

I've heard kitty litter works, baking soda, hanging the item in the sun, washing it with vinegar, there's a lot of suggestions out there. 
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« Reply #1214 on: January 11, 2019 06:14:43 AM »

And I tried everyone on some thrift store buys. Still a faint perfume smell. I have some cast off pants from my son I wear in the garden and after over a year, they still have a faint perfume smell. It invades anything else washed or dried with them.

And we breathe those chemicals in from the air, the clothes. When my neighbors do laundry in the summer it stinks up the whole yard. ARRGGG. Those "long-lasting scents" need to be banned! I mean really, if I wanted to douse myself in cheap perfume I could go to the dollar store.
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« Reply #1215 on: January 11, 2019 04:34:32 PM »

I have done a deep cleaning on baby diapers in the past, soak in the hottest machine water with a cup of each washing soda and borax, dissolved (NOT boric acid, they are totally different powders). The soak water will likely turn dark grey, even if you start out with washed fabric. Leave until cooled then run the machine on a normal cycle followed by a second wash with plain water.
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« Reply #1216 on: January 12, 2019 08:23:42 AM »

You are my scent sensitive (scentsitive!) crew! Ugh. I haven't always been this way, but over the last several years it's gotten steadily worse. I have to steel myself to walk down the laundry soap aisle at the grocery store! It's not even just how freaking strong it all is, but most of those things don't actually even smell nice. They don't smell like anything real, just like a laboratory or chemical plant. Have any of those people even been to a "mountain meadow" or stood in an "ocean breeze"?  Undecided

I have had luck with a soak in plain old Oxy Clean. I have learned the hard way that anything but their basic powder is SUPER INTENSELY scented, so obviously this won't work for everything.
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« Reply #1217 on: January 12, 2019 08:43:35 AM »

Yeah, I know what you mean MistressT.  I've been getting more sensitive to scents too.  There is a new gal at work whose perfume is killing me.  We have a rule about not wearing strong scents at our work, but I still haven't figured out how to tell her about it in a nice way.
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« Reply #1218 on: January 12, 2019 04:56:16 PM »

Yeah, I know what you mean MistressT.  I've been getting more sensitive to scents too.  There is a new gal at work whose perfume is killing me.  We have a rule about not wearing strong scents at our work, but I still haven't figured out how to tell her about it in a nice way.

I am beginning to think that people who aren't sensitive to scents have a different bar for what is "strong," too.  Undecided ANd of course we each get adjusted to our own stuff and it takes more to smell it ourselves, which makes it harder still. I have received "lightly scented" gifts in the mail that I could smell from the door of the post office where our PO box is!
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« Reply #1219 on: January 15, 2019 05:58:03 PM »

I need to keep an eye open for the 2019 thread!
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