Monday, September 30, 2013

Something Smells

I am fairly sensitive to scents.  I like them, but I also have those that just don't sit well with me.  Particularly, I am cautious with scents that touch my skin -  detergent and fabric softener.  I have sensitive skin and can usually handle perfume in a spray form.  Something about what is in detergents and softeners though can make me have hives after one wash.

When cloth diapering with K-Man, I also learned about the way fabric softener affected clothing, particularly the diapers and absorbency.  Before I could clean his diapers the first time, I had to wash the washer.  Have you ever taken the fabric softener dispenser out and cleaned it?!  OMG is the best I can offer.  Sure the washer was 5 years old or so and probably had never had that done.  But ICK!  It was coated like Magic Shell in the dispenser.  I had to take a scraper to get it all out.  No wonder it affects absorbency and also flame retardant fabrics.  If you want to find out more diapering purposes, this is the best site I have found - Pin Stripes and Polka Dots.

Anyway, why am I sharing this story?  I often buy items on e-bay or Craigslist for the kids.  Most recently, it was Mini-Me's Halloween costume.  I was so excited to get it in the mail.  Except that when I ripped open the package, a plume of scented fabric softener escaped instead.  GAG!  As my friend describes it, imagine the scent cloud that always followed Pepe Le Pew.  I have had to wash it 2 times so far and even used vinegar in the wash to try and eradicate it.  There is still a slight smell.  Maybe by Halloween, I can have her wearing it without gagging myself.

Oh the hazards of someone else doing your laundry - LOL.  I guess I could just always buy new, but I am a bit too thrifty for that.


  1. Did you try to soak it? I bought a shirt for V at a consignment store and it reeked of fabric softener....I soaked it for 30 minutes then ran it through with several more stench! :)

    1. I didn't soak it. DId you put it in anything? Vinegar? I have a couple other things like this that are KILLING me!


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