Stinky--Chemical Smell--New Jeans!

CassandraJune 27, 2011

I recently bought a pair of dark wash jeans that didn't smell in the store but stink after only a couple times of wearing them. A search on the internet shows this isn't uncommon and that it may be the chemicals in the dye. The smell is a chemical smell and pretty potent. I've washed them but the smell has returned. Right now they are soaking in Oxyclean. Is there some super-duper smell remover for laundry? Any other thoughts on what might work if this doesn't? Thanks.

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dirtygardener73

It's those lovely Chinese chemicals. Try soaking in vinegar water (1 cup vinegar to 1 gallon of water). Don't wash them with anything else or that will smell too! Does it smell like turpentine? Mine did.

    Bookmark   June 29, 2011 at 12:55PM
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Cassandra

dirtygardener, yes it does smell something like turpentine! Really an obnoxious smell. Did the smell come out of your jeans after the vinegar? What's sad is all this soaking has taken a lot of the dark blue dye away--the reason I bought them in the first place. My fault for buying super cheap jeans made in China!

    Bookmark   June 29, 2011 at 3:27PM
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sophielaura

Clean it with a warm water in which you can add any mild detergent and 1 tbsp of baking soda. You can also add 2 tsp of tea tree essence oil for disinfecting your jeans.

    Bookmark   September 17, 2012 at 7:58AM
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