That new clothes smell...

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by adk, Sep 1, 2007.

  1. adk macrumors 68000


    Nov 11, 2005
    Stuck in the middle with you
    I just put on a brand new polo shirt and I realized that I really like the way new clothes smell before they're washed. Surely it must just be some nice detergent the clothing company uses. How do I get my hands on some of this stuff?
  2. odagled macrumors member

    Aug 10, 2007
    you get some sweat shop kids to pour out their blood and tears into a container.:)
  3. LethalWolfe macrumors G3


    Jan 11, 2002
    Los Angeles
    It's chemical preservatives to keep the clothes from degrading between the time they leave the factory and the time you buy them. Formaldehyde is commonly used to keep clothes made from natural fibers from mildewing. While I wouldn't go as far as to say the chemical residue in the clothing is toxic, it could cause a rash or other form of skin irritation if you have sensitive skin.

  4. Miguey macrumors 6502

    Jan 5, 2006
    So Cal 909
    Nothing beats that new car smell IMO....or at least I have yet to smell something better than that. The new shirt smell is alright but doesn't come near that new car smell.
  5. tartsquid macrumors regular


    Jan 21, 2006
    Reston, VA
    I hate the new clothes smell. I always have to wash before wearing.
  6. Lau Guest

    I always assumed it was more like a dry cleaning smell. Having said that, I don't think I've ever got anything I owned dry cleaned, so I wouldn't know. If it is, you could just get everything you own dry cleaned. :p
  7. ErikCLDR macrumors 68000

    Jan 14, 2007
    Abercrombie sprays their clothes with their cologne. When ever I buy a new shirt there I feel like I have to wash it 2x or else my closet will stink for 2 weeks.

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