How to remove a chemical smell from denim

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How to remove a chemical smell from denim
You can use gentle products to remove chemical smells from denim. (denim background image by Adam Borkowski from

Denim can possess unappealing chemical odours due to multiple culprits. Sometimes dyes used on denim can leave behind a smell. Denim can also absorb chemical odours if you are working around certain types of chemicals. Luckily, there are ways to remove the chemical smell from your denim clothing items. You can use gentle, inexpensive household cleaning products to make your denim smell fresh and clean.

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Things you need

  • Vinegar
  • Baking soda
  • Washing machine
  • Water

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  1. 1

    Add 1 cup of vinegar and 1 cup of baking soda to your washing machine.

  2. 2

    Place the denim clothing items in the washer.

  3. 3

    Fill the washer with cold water.

  4. 4

    Allow the denim to soak for approximately 30 minutes.

  5. 5

    Complete the washing cycle on the washing machine.

  6. 6

    Hang the denim up to dry in a well-ventilated area.

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