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Old 01-24-2010, 07:08 PM   #1
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Question Help! Getting the smell of Tide detergent out!

A big problem I have when buying used items that have been washed is that so many people use Tide and use WAY too much of it. I cannot stand the smell of it!! I bought a used car seat cover that is perfect except she washed it in Tide and I swear it's smelling up my whole house!! PLEASE help, how can i get the smell out? usually clothes and such the smell wears out after a few washes but I don't want to keep washing the cover especially since it warns not to use washing machine (I did anyway) I soaked it in bac out odor remover and rinsed and rinsed but it still smells, anyone know of any other remedies to try?? PLS!!

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You could try hanging it outside for a while to air out.
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I would try hanging it outside for awhile as well.

Although I have to admit that I LOVE the smell of Tide. I love smelling our clothes after they come out of the washer and dryer because they smell so good.
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ok i'll try the outside thing if we get a break in gross weather here this week..
yeah I wish I did like the smell trust me, never have and now that i'm preggo it's even worse!
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I make my own detergent [thanks to a fellow DS mama who gave me the recipe!].

It works great for getting smells out, coupled with sunshine drying it works wonders!!!

I use 2 cups baking soda
2 cups borax
1 bar grated ivory soap.

Mix well.

I use about 3/4 cup per load.

For just a cover I'd use maybe 1/8 a cup. Wash in warm or hot and line dry!
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I would try hanging it outside for awhile as well.

Although I have to admit that I LOVE the smell of Tide. I love smelling our clothes after they come out of the washer and dryer because they smell so good.
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Re: Help! Getting the smell of Tide detergent out!

I only use about half the recommended amount for that reason, but it seems like cold water tide is the only thing working right now. Have you tried stripping it with dawn dish soap?
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Re: Help! Getting the smell of Tide detergent out!

Tide smell is just a nasty, lingering thing. I'm getting a migraine just thinking about it.

I used to buy used clothes for the kids (like Hanna Andersson), but I had to stop because the detergent and fabric softener smells were attacking my nervous sytem (literally, I kid you not).

To make matters worse, and this is bad news for you, those scents impregnate the elastic. Even after I got it out of the cloth, the elastic still smelled to high places. I have a box of clothes that I cannot put on my kids and simply gave away.

I HATE perfumes.
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Tide smell is just a nasty, lingering thing. I'm getting a migraine just thinking about it.

I used to buy used clothes for the kids (like Hanna Andersson), but I had to stop because the detergent and fabric softener smells were attacking my nervous sytem (literally, I kid you not).

To make matters worse, and this is bad news for you, those scents impregnate the elastic. Even after I got it out of the cloth, the elastic still smelled to high places. I have a box of clothes that I cannot put on my kids and simply gave away.

I HATE perfumes.
You know what's interesting. As I've been taking my journey to become "greener" and started using natural items/non perfumed items. I find that I hate perfumed smells as well!

It's too the point I even gave away a bunch of Bath & Body works stuff that I had gotten for Christmas presents and graduation gifts from Grad school!

Since I use the borax/ivory/baking soda combo now [but I did just order soap nuts!!], I can't stand anything strong smelling on my clothes. I like the smell of 'just clean', not 'just bathed in perfume!'

Even cleaning my house now, I can't stand strong smells!
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