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How to Get Chemical Smell Out of New Clothes

I am in my 26th week of my first pregnancy and have a very acute sense of smell. Recently, I bought two new bras that fit so well and are so comfy. The problem is that they smell like what ever chemicals they are made of and I can't stand wearing them. I have tried washing and airing them outside - this showed no improvement. I am currently soaking them in baking power and natural laundry detergent but they still smell. I live my life in a very natural way and do not use chemicals of any sort as I am very sensitive. I will appreciate any suggestions!

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Definitely try to add vinegar to your wash, or soak them in it. If that doesn't work, try to take them back.

Have you had your husband smell them? Does he notice the smell? I have heard of people smelling moonbeams when they are pregnant, so maybe there isn't much of a smell there. But if it bothers you, that is all that matters right now. Has your sense of smell increased recently? Maybe it is a phase, and in a few weeks, you won't smell it? I know that my sense of smell was heightened, but remember the time period.

Good for you not using chemicals!!
You said you tried baking powder? Did you mean baking soda? If not, that might help. Usually you'll find adding something like vinegar may work better to take the smell out. I would dilute the white vinegar with warm water and soak your bras in the sink for an hour or so. Lay flat to dry.(even lemon juice might help) If that doesn't work, it's probably the material/padding inside the bra. I'm wondering what chemicals would be used? Flame retardants possibly, synthetic cotton maybe? What does the label say?

Get rid of them and get organic cotton! I know this isn't a direct answer to your problem but if you can smell the chemicals they might be leeching in your skin. My friend has horrible skin reactions to anything that is chemically treated and develops heinous rashes! Last year she ended up on Prednisone to get rid of the rashes.

Vinegar might do the trick. Its amazing how sensitive your nose gets when you are pregnant, huh?!

Hi H.,

We too live very naturally and have really benefited from making toxic free choices, have you tried washing them in hot water with vinegar and then again with just water to rinse? Try that it may work. Also, if you are looking for great green/eco-friendly products at whole sale price I work with a company settin people up with accounts. We love their products and have noticed a big difference since we started using them. I feel so much more at ease with a baby at home and having a safer home.

best of luck with the new bras!

Wow! What is in those bras??!! I too have a sensitive sense of smell and smells give me headaches, so I empathize. First, I would return them. If that is not an option, then I would hang them outside with sunshine and fresh air for as long as it takes. Who knows what is causing it and without knowing that, it's hard to neutralize it.

try adding a cup of vinager to your wash cycle. It removes the odor and by the time that it dries you cant smell the vinegar either. Good luck!

I'm glad to hear you're trying to keep chemicals out of the house, especially with a little one on the way (I'm due Jan. 14th, we must be pretty close). About 1.5 years ago I found a company that is eco-friendly and doesn't use those harsh chemicals. One product that I would recommend is Sol-u-Mel. It has worked wonders on everything I've tried to clean up and with getting rid of smells. I actually put a capful of it in every load of laundry I do. Let me know if you want to know where I get it from.

Good luck and congratulations!

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