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Why do dark, stretchy jeans smell so bad?

(13 Posts)
afghanda Sat 31-Jan-15 17:17:22

Please tell me it's not just me.

Every pair of dark wash stretchy jeans I've ever owned have smelled really bad. I can't even describe the smell properly - like a chemical sour smell would be the best way to sum it up. Is it the elastane? Is it the dye? It's definitely not me (I am very clean) and it's not my washing machine as they stink even before they've been washed for the first time. Has anyone found a way to get rid of the stench?

HollyJollyDillydolly Sat 31-Jan-15 17:40:47

I have a pair of primark black skinny jeans that smell really odd. my other jeans dont seem to smell like this. They've been washed several times since I bought them too but still have a weird smell!

thenightsky Sat 31-Jan-15 17:45:07

black ones are always like that. I guess it must be the dye because my blue ones never ever smell.

Its strange how to smelll doesn't go away either, even after hot washing, fabric conditioner etc, it will still be there. Even hanging out to dry in the wind doesn't get rid of it.

I can only describe it as a sort mix of chemicals and vomit really.

EhricLovesTheBhrothers Sat 31-Jan-15 17:46:51

It's the dye. I had a grey pair that never stopped sticking, my black ones aren't too bad after a few washes.

afghanda Sat 31-Jan-15 17:57:51

I only wear dark jeans so have no idea if paler wash jeans don't smell. My latest pair from Oasis are fab, but they REEK.

Jenda Mon 02-Feb-15 11:49:21

Watching with interest, I bought some from new look at the weekend and they smell vile!

StayGoldPonyBoy Mon 02-Feb-15 11:51:38

Are you my sister? Her and my stepdad have this thing where dark wash denim reeks to them. Me and DH and mum can't smell it. I had this dark denim jacket when I lived at home and was banned from wearing it in the car because it made them both twitchygrin Stepdad sniffs his jeans befote purchase.hmm

McSqueezy Mon 02-Feb-15 12:58:18

I avoid black stretchy jeans for this reason. For some reason I also associate it with cheapness.

hiccupgirl Mon 02-Feb-15 16:22:51

I have black jeans that smell like this and the smell just hasn't gone away despite lots of washing. I had some black jeggings from M&S that did smell but the smell went away after a while.

Dumpylump Mon 02-Feb-15 16:27:30

I have had jeans that smell like that...and Dr1 has a black pair for school that are the same. They're much worse when they're damp, but I've found that if I whip them out the washing machine the minute it's finished, then dry them as quickly as possible (whether it's on the line, or in the drier), then it's not nearly so bad.
I always thought it was just me - so glad it's not!

Dumpylump Mon 02-Feb-15 16:28:25

Ds1 that should be....there are no drs in our family!

Naoko Mon 02-Feb-15 16:30:05

It's the dye. They don't all do it, but if they have The Smell in the shop you'll never wash it out. As a result, I turn into the crazy lady sniffing all the jeans in the shop when I need new black ones hmm

Some other things have it too. I have a long sleeve thermal top from Primark that stinks. It came in sealed plastic or I'd have noticed before I bought it. Useless. Can't wear it.

Bunbaker Mon 02-Feb-15 16:50:45

Interestingly, DD has a pair of black stretchy jeans from New Look and they have an odd smell.

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