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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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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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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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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