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Old 10-23-2007, 02:45 PM
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Default How to get rid of chemical smell in sheets?

MIL gave me a fabulous set of shabby-chic blanket covers and pillow cases. They are beautiful but holy moly they smell like chemicals!

I've washed them twice in super hot water, plain wash, sensitive wash, fabric softner. Tonight I added a TON of white vinegar and that didn't even help.

They've been airing out in the closet (it's an open kind) for about 2 months and whoowee they still stink.

I've had an idea of hanging them outside for a couple days on the clothesline to see if that helps?

I'm open to any suggestions Thanks!

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Old 10-23-2007, 07:15 PM
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Vanilla is a great neutrilizer of chemical smells. Try washing again with just a tablespoon or two added to the rinse water. You can add vanilla to a can of paint before you paint and there wont be any 'fresh paint' smell, it works on clothing that has mildewed also, wash with vinegar and put vanilla in the rinse.
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Thanks a ton! That sounds great!

I'll get hungry for sugar cookies

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Default Re: How to get rid of chemical smell in sheets?

Your clothesline idea is a good one! Fresh air and sunshine do a lot.

I'd worry about a chemical smell that won't wash out - you don't want to cover it up; if the chemical is still there and you breathe it, or take it in through your skin, no telling what the long term affects might be.

I bought beautiful, new, expensive sheets at an estate sale that had been packed in a cedar chest with moth balls! What a combination! Repeated washings didn't do it until I tried hanging them on the line in the sun - that sure helped!

That also says something about expensive gifts - don't save them so someone can buy them at your estate sale after you die! USE them and enjoy them!
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Washing them in baking soda in the rinse and then hanging them on the clothesline in the sunshine may possibly help as well....you can possibly leave them hanging on the clothesline during a hard rain storm and then let them dry in the sunshine later and sometimes that helps as well! best wishes!
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Thanks everyone for your help!

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I used vinegar on my hunting jacket this morning. I had it at my Uncles which is a smoking house. I let it air for a while but it still had the bar room stench surrounding it. I didn't want to use a detergent for fear of adding unwanted scent. Anyways, the smokey smell is completely gone. I guess I used about a half cup or so in place of my detergent on a small load, handwash cycle.

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