Those of us who have MCS (multiple chemical sensitivity) are all to familiar with the daunting task of getting fragrances and chemicals out of clothes that have been purchased in the store or in online shops. I have found that online purchases are usually easier to deal with as they haven’t been exposed to as many fragrances and other chemicals found in most department stores.
Depending on where the piece of clothing was purchased and the fabric it is made of plays a big role in how many times I have to wash the item. For new purchases, I place the clothing in the washing machine with baking soda, powdered milk and 7th Generation Laundry Soap. I allow the machine to agitate a little and then let the clothing soak for an hour or two. Once the soaking has stopped, I finish the washing cycle and take a whiff. Generally it can take three to four washings to be able to tolerate the item. If this doesn’t work I may add a little AFM Super Clean to a wash cycle. Some of my information has come from a book by Carolyn Gorman with Marie Hyde. The book is titled, Less-Toxic Alternatives.
I know others who have literally had to boil their clothes to get some of the formaldehyde and other chemicals out.
I am curious what have you tried to remove chemicals and fragrances from new clothing?