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Old 05-15-2015, 01:35 PM
Location: East of the Mississippi and South of Bluegrass
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Originally Posted by AnywhereElse View Post
Vinegar and water are the best bet. I often use that combination to wash new jeans that may bleed in the wash and it sort of locks in the color. I don't what the smell is but it is usually present in other dark overdyed cloth.
You're right AE and I don't know why I hadn't googled this before (I actually use vinegar regularly as a fabric softener as well as conditioner for my hair) but this is what I found. Yes, white vinegar is one of the recommendations but there are a couple of more good ideas as well.


How to Remove Chemical Odors from Jeans | Cleaning Guides

Sometimes the chemicals used during clothing production can linger. Dark jeans require a large amount of dye and chemicals to allow them to keep their color strong and vibrant. Removing the smell from these chemicals can be a challenge. Here are some things to try.
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Old 05-15-2015, 05:26 PM
Location: Not where I want to be
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I'm going to try the vinegar thing next time I go to the Laundromat --- I may just use vinegar, Oxy, AND borax!! I cannot stand that smell!!!
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Old 05-16-2015, 06:36 PM
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Originally Posted by Amisi View Post

Is there ANY remedy for this???
Yes. Don't buy them. I notice the odor as soon as I walk into some stores. Then I turn around and walk back out. Chemical smells and clothing do not mix.
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Old 05-18-2015, 09:35 AM
Location: Glasgow Scotland
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have you also noticed this smell in some cheaper shoe shops too.. its horrendous..
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