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Old 04-22-2013, 01:03 PM
 
Location: SC
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I own a business and frequently buy scraps of material and cotton sheets that I recycle. I notice that everything I buy there, including clothes, has the same strong perfumey/cleanser smell to it. Even when I bring items home and wash them, the smell does not come out right away.

I asked a clerk if they clean all of the clothes, etc., that they get in, and she said "no we do not". Was she wrong? Anyone know if they use some sort of dry cleaning spray or something on items?

I have shopped at multiple different GW's and all of their cloth items have the same strong smell.
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Old 04-22-2013, 01:42 PM
 
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Pop some tags? Everything smells like R. Kelley's sheets...
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Old 04-22-2013, 01:43 PM
 
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Pop some tags? Everything smells like R. Kelley's sheets...
Yes, I wear your grandad's clothes, mostly.
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Old 04-22-2013, 02:08 PM
 
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The entire store smells. I'm not sure why. I only look at housewares, books and jigsaw puzzles, because I can't get close to the clothing without wondering about the strong smells. My college boys have bought some clothing there though, and once it's been washed, all is fine.
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Old 04-22-2013, 02:22 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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I can smell different laundry soaps (and other less pleasant odors) on different articles of clothing there. They don't wash the clothes before they put them out. Different goodwills have different policies, but here they use a color-coded plastic tag and you can return clothes as long as they have that tag, if you bought them stained and took them home to see if the stains would wash out.

I know they sanitize pillows and comforters before they sell them, so possibly it has something to do with that process.
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Old 04-22-2013, 02:25 PM
 
Location: San Marcos, TX
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I know what smell you are talking about. My son will refer to it as the thrift store smell but it really IS the "Goodwill smell" and it is different from the other thrifts. I wonder if it's a febreeze type of thing? I don't know, but as others have said, they don't wash their stuff. I've found food on clothes before!

I haven't had the smell not wash out though. If it isn't washing out for you, try a vinegar rinse in the wash. The vinegar smell does NOT stay behind, just magically removes unwanted scents.
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Old 04-22-2013, 04:00 PM
 
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Next time I am there I will ask someone else and see what they say.

I always assumed that they did wash all the clothes and fabric stuff - I would think the place would be crawling with bed bugs and all kinds of nasty stuff if they didn't. They have to be doing something to create that strong perfumey odor.
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Old 04-22-2013, 05:43 PM
 
Location: San Marcos, TX
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Next time I am there I will ask someone else and see what they say.

I always assumed that they did wash all the clothes and fabric stuff - I would think the place would be crawling with bed bugs and all kinds of nasty stuff if they didn't. They have to be doing something to create that strong perfumey odor.
You'd think, but nope, on the washing aspect.

It's pretty stupid actually to "sanitize" bedding related stuff yet not wash the clothing, since bedbugs can certainly hang out on clothing, purses, backpacks, etc. I guess it makes it look like they are doing something? I always assume the worst and wash and dry accordingly.

We had one Goodwill "outlet" clearance type store here where they sell stuff from other Goodwill stores but much cheaper, that refused to sell any bedding due to the bedbug issue. Some idiot manager's policy. No sheets, comforters, blankets, etc., but they sold nasty old couches. So dumb. People are largely uninformed about the bedbug thing anyway though so I am not surprised.
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Old 04-22-2013, 05:53 PM
 
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The goodwill smell! So true, and I've never heard anyone else mention it. I just wash everything well. Thanks for the laugh
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Old 04-24-2013, 10:16 AM
 
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Lysol disinfectant in the wash. The Old School brown stuff.
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