How to Remove the Dye Odor From New Black-Wash Jeans

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Keep your black jeans out of the dryer until the dye odor is completely gone. (Image: kzenon/iStock/Getty Images)

You might be thrilled to come home with a sharp pair of new black jeans, but once you get a whiff of fabric dye, you may begin to reconsider your purchase. While the odor-blasting fix is sometimes as easy as a quick spin in the washing machine, other garments require a bit more smell-fighting power to get rid of the powerful scent.

Things You'll Need

  • 1 cup powdered milk

  • Laundry detergent

  • Bucket

  • 2 cups baking soda

  • 1 cup white vinegar

Step 1

Wash the jeans in cold water in the washing machine. Add 1 cup of powdered milk to the wash load along with the regular laundry detergent. Hang the jeans to air-dry.

Step 2

Fill a bucket with enough warm water to cover the jeans. Add 1 cup of baking soda and mix until it dissolves completely. Submerge the jeans in the water. Let them soak overnight, then launder in cold water and another cup of baking soda the next day. Hang the jeans to air-dry.

Step 3

Wash the jeans in cold water after adding a cup of white vinegar to the washing machine. Hang the jeans to air-dry.

Tip

Hang the jeans outside to dry if the weather permits. The fresh air will further help in eliminating odor.

To effectively remove all of the dye odor, it may be necessary to combine one or more of the above methods. More than one attempt may be required.

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