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Old 05-07-2018, 09:01 PM
 
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I admit this is a strange post and mostly for me just to vent.

But for the second time, I received a dry cleaning item that smells absolutely terrible. Both times, I basically bought a brand new shirt and took it to the cleaners because I was lazy and didn't feel like ironing.

The shirt smells like it was laundered with the "bag lady's clothes" -- I know that's not PC, but I'm not sure how else to describe it.

So should dry cleaners' conduct a 'maximum odor tolerance test', whereby a customer would be refused service if their clothes smelled horrifically bad?
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Old 05-07-2018, 10:56 PM
 
Location: AZ
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You blame the other customers' clothes instead of the dry cleaner?
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Old 05-08-2018, 01:16 PM
 
Location: Lafayette
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It's probably all of the harmful chemicals in the products they use to clean your shirt.
Try a cleaners that uses all natural products to clean the clothes.
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Old 05-08-2018, 01:18 PM
 
Location: 76102
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I had this happen to me once. My item, women's professional clothing with NO offensive odors, picked up my order and it smelled like a cross between BO and but* stink.

Took the clothes to another dry cleaners and that was that.
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Old 05-08-2018, 02:29 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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It's those expensive golf clothes that get sweated in and really need water, not chemicals, to clean them. The customers who bring them in are usually good customers who bring in a lot of clothes every week, so you don't want to offend them . It's even worse when they've got skid marks inside the shorts...who knew golf was that strenuous?

I used to work at a cleaners and I'd bag those stinky clothes separate from everyone else's clothes, but who knows what they did with them at the plant?
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Old 05-08-2018, 03:56 PM
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Location: Coastal New Jersey
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I worked at a dry cleaners years ago. Dry cleaning doesn't take the pit smell out of clothes. People used to bring in these beautiful, expensive items, but they apparently weren't into wearing deodorant. Maybe it spreads to the other items when in the machine.

I still LOVE the smell of the dry cleaning chemicals, though.
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Old 05-08-2018, 04:00 PM
 
Location: State of Transition
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It's probably all of the harmful chemicals in the products they use to clean your shirt.
Try a cleaners that uses all natural products to clean the clothes.
This. There are "environmentally sound" cleaners out there. Do a search, and call around.

BTW, have you used other cleaners, and only noticed the problem with this one? Or has it been a long time since you used a dry cleaner at all? I'm wondering if you might be having a reaction to the chemicals; I wonder if you're starting to get Multiple Chemical Sensitivity. It happens. How are you with household cleaning supplies?
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Old 05-08-2018, 04:02 PM
 
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It's those expensive golf clothes that get sweated in and really need water, not chemicals, to clean them. The customers who bring them in are usually good customers who bring in a lot of clothes every week, so you don't want to offend them . It's even worse when they've got skid marks inside the shorts...who knew golf was that strenuous?

I used to work at a cleaners and I'd bag those stinky clothes separate from everyone else's clothes, but who knows what they did with them at the plant?
I guess golfers figure, that if the dry cleaners advertise that they clean and press men's dress shirts for work, they can do the golf clothes? Someone should suggest to them, that they take the clothes to their neighborhood laundry. Many laundries have a wash-and-press service.
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Old 05-08-2018, 04:12 PM
 
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It's probably all of the harmful chemicals in the products they use to clean your shirt.
Try a cleaners that uses all natural products to clean the clothes.
Hmmm....there are 'natural' items produced in the wild that I Do not want my clothes soaked in.

Bleach is the quick shock method as is baking soda....
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Old 05-08-2018, 04:21 PM
 
Location: The Jar
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For some reason this thread reminds me of a episode of Seinfeld.
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