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My whole house smells like dye from China

Started 1335882534.8 in Fashion Talk | Last reply 1335968950.447 by namealreadytaken

Black coat came yesterday, black Wellington boots. Even my Rolling Stone magazine seeems to suffer from horrible smells from dye. I'm checking to see where its printed. I am very sensitive to "fragrance" and I'm allergic to a lot of them. Thank goodness its supposed to be 70 this afternoon, I'm opening all the windows.

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depglass1335902107.64323857 PostsRegistered 11/14/2006

I went shopping today. That particular store smelled like dye, too, they were bringing out a bunch of new apparel. I am really sensitive to it, I am noticing it more than ever.

boomerchick1335908118.6271469 PostsRegistered 12/6/2006
I am sensitive to smells, especially the ink some printer use. I had to give away a pair of denim jeggings that I got from Diane Gilman due to the bad smell. Could not get the odor out after 2 washings so off to Goodwill they went. I like her jean jackets but a little hesitant to try her denim again.

mimmee1335932313.911 PostsRegistered 6/12/2011

BAMM-You got the right idea! I say bring all those factories that make these clothes back to the good ole USA! The quality and value is better and everyone has a job!

ROMARY1335932796.1416109 PostsRegistered 4/28/2010
On 5/1/2012 mimmee said:

BAMM-You got the right idea! I say bring all those factories that make these clothes back to the good ole USA! The quality and value is better and everyone has a job!


Yes, and I'll bet that the dye won't smell either. They would have to use a safer dye to protect our USA workers. Which is a good thing.

Yellow Rose

namealread­ytaken1335933708.747730 PostsRegistered 7/13/2009

I worked adjacent to a dye house for a textile mill in the Carolinas for years and the dye stunk so bad that when I was pregnant, they had to get some air filters for me to keep me from throwing up all day. It was just as bad. Dye is dye and it is probably better now with better, less toxic applications of dye. That was c. 1970.

ROMARY1335934026.62316109 PostsRegistered 4/28/2010

I just don't remember any new clothes/jeans smelling years ago. The jeans were stiff, but washing them softened them. Although I do remember new tablecloths having a slight odor. Also, I remember tie dying items, and don't recall a strong permanent odor. Just my experience/recollection.

Yellow Rose

ROMARY1335934318.55716109 PostsRegistered 4/28/2010

I'm thinking, too, that it might be the spraying of items, as they have to be protected from mold/mildew/pests/insects when they are being shipped by ships from overseas. It might not necessarily be the dye. I've noticed that toilet tissue sometimes has a strong smell......I'm thinking that the recycled paper has to be treated to counter any bacteria, etc.

Yellow Rose

JamseL1335938631.5720 PostsRegistered 5/2/2012

I think you'd better open your dryer machine..... but i wonder that dye frim China is different from other places?

depglass1335965303.31323857 PostsRegistered 11/14/2006

Their pet food that killed pets is different, their heart medicine that killed a hundred people is differnet, their children's toys with lead is different, even their drywall is different. Why wouldn't they take the same shortcuts with dye? This is not meant to be a China bashing thread, eventually they will get their act together and make quality products. Japan went through the same cycle, their first cars were junk and now they are the highest rated. But I never had this problem in "the old days" when shoes and apparel were made here. Bring back the factorys.

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Sharke1335967689.567917 PostsRegistered 8/19/2010

I used to think folks who complained of smells had a bolt loose, but, my orange denim jacket from Denim & Co. I had to hit with Fabreeze. Love the jacket, though !

lapislazul­ii1335967911.914923 PostsRegistered 2/19/2006

Imagine the damage those unknown chemicals leaching into our skin are doing to our future health.

By GEORGE, we will find our way back home.

namealread­ytaken1335968950.4477730 PostsRegistered 7/13/2009
On 5/1/2012 ROMARY said:

I just don't remember any new clothes/jeans smelling years ago. The jeans were stiff, but washing them softened them. Although I do remember new tablecloths having a slight odor. Also, I remember tie dying items, and don't recall a strong permanent odor. Just my experience/recollection.

I am not a big advocate for China, quite the opposite but imagine being packed so tight for so long in sealed plastic after plastic after plastic until you reach a port and then sitting out in the hot sun once you reach the port, and taking days on a large truck packed in tight as sardines until you reach a hardware that is not air conditioned to be packed tight as sardines and to be repaked in yet more plastic and sealed yet again with more crystal moisture absorbers.

Goods made here were not packed and shipped on large vessels. We did not use as much plastic shrink wrap type packing and we did not use the moisture crystal to prevent mildew, mold, etc.

The goods that go to B&M are placed on racks and somewhat aired before we get there to try them on and in the good stores, they are even ironed which may release some of the chemicals or kill them, taking away the other as dry cleaning does.

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