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Old 04-19-2010, 07:38 PM   #1
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UPDATE: How to Get Rid of Fabric Softener Smell

I have been garage sale-ing and ebaying lately but all my new purchases are absolutely reeking of fabric softener and detergent. How can I make the smell fade faster? I have been soaking them with baking soda in the washer but it still does not really seem to help. We are scent-free in this house, with the exception of essential oils in the vinegar based cleaner I use. Please help! The smell is so strong!

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Old 04-19-2010, 07:41 PM   #2
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Ugh. Yeah- I bought a ringsling off fsot and the thing REEKED of fabric softener, and felt slimy. I hot washed it about ten times before the smell faded. Try lying it outside on a nice day. Also, I think a vinegar soak might help. ?? Ick. Good luck!
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I agree with PP give it a few washed and vinegar rinses and hang dry then wash again and try normal
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My Mai Tei was like that a HOT soak with a squirt of dawn, and 2 vinegar rinses and 1 plain rinse got rid of it. I then hung it outside.
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ugh, isn't that the worst? How do people stand it? In the last 3 days I've gotten 3 huge garbage bags full of hand-me-downs for my middle daughter and myself and while I'm grateful for the stuff, WOW! The stench was unbearable. I had to pick through it all outside because it was giving me a headache. Even my 2 year old goes, "mama, ewwww! stinky!"
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ewww. we got some stuff from a yard sale like that, only it is moth balls instead of fabric softener. I am going to try a few of these, lets hope it works.
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I have never had trouble getting rid of the smell. I just wash it a few times with Charlie's Soap and it comes out fine. I think it sticks in there because of buildup.
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Old 04-20-2010, 07:12 AM   #8
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Thanks ladies! Yep, I used Charlie's on it too, to no avail. I have to go to Sam's and get some vinegar, I'm all out. I'm going to try Dawn too. I never thought of that one. I don't know how people stand it either. I can only figure their sense of smell has to be so deadened by the chemicals that they truly can't smell it. My MIL's house is like that. I always have a headache after coming home from there.
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Thanks ladies! Yep, I used Charlie's on it too, to no avail. I have to go to Sam's and get some vinegar, I'm all out. I'm going to try Dawn too. I never thought of that one. I don't know how people stand it either. I can only figure their sense of smell has to be so deadened by the chemicals that they truly can't smell it. My MIL's house is like that. I always have a headache after coming home from there.
Yep. I've got friends whose houses I can smell before I walk in. It'd be a relatively pleasant smell if it wasn't so strong. Oh, and my MILs house - they've got a gas dryer and dry everything way too long for way too hot and their entire house smells like burned dryer sheets.
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Old 04-21-2010, 11:33 AM   #10
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The Dawn trick was amazing! After one load with Dawn and vinegar the smell went from overwhelming to very, very faint. I can put DD in the clothes now and just wait for the rest of the scent to fade with subsequent normal washings now. Thanks ladies!! I'm going to try Dawn on my husbands nasty work clothes - he is in construction and I'm hoping it will help get the diesel smell gone.
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