Anyone have problems using new sheets or blankets?

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia and ME & Chronic Fatigue Syndrome' started by Beadlady, Jan 5, 2013.

  1. Beadlady

    Beadlady Member

    I got new sheets for Christmas, I washed them today with vinegar which generally helps to get that new smell out.

    By the time I got them upstairs my throat was sore, my nose & eyes are burning.

    I guess maybe I should have washed them again or ran them through another rinse cycle.

    I told my husband no way are we putting the new sheets on the bed until they have been washed a few more times.
  2. Saoirse3

    Saoirse3 Member

    the water around here is as hard as a brick. And the way we found out was a swan! A REAL one! The poor creature was covered in "mess" so we had to wash it (I volunteer at a bird rehab center). Well, we used Dawn and we rinsed. And rinsed. And rinsed. It wasn't until another volunteer pointed out the water situation and we added Calgon. Bingo! Clean swan!

    Even if you don't have hard water, it can't hurt to try. I also use Dreft, as not only does it clean the clothes, but my skin is sensitive as well.

    Soft hugs,
    Stacey
  3. jaminhealth

    jaminhealth Well-Known Member

    Egyptian Cotton sheets online, what JUNK they are....and of course made in china.....I washed them, of course, and no smell but I don't like them....but don't have the energy to send them back....the great deal they offered is just cwap....
  4. IanH

    IanH Active Member

    All the people with MCS use baking soda (sodium bicarbonate). Half a cup per gallon. They need to be soaked for two days then washed normally. Baking soda removes the formates from the fabrics, which is what is causing your symptoms. Baking soda is also sometimes supplied with new refrigerators to remove the plastic residue from the inside of the appliances.
  5. freida

    freida Active Member

    ...we MCSers use baking soda.

    Also, I don't know about you, but I can't breath vinegar vapors now....so that would also trouble my breathing.

    New sheets always bother my skin TERRibly! And most new clothing too.
    SO I do soak them in baking soda, then wash them a few times...aIR drying in sunshine helps, IF it is warm and sunny out! ;)


    Leah
    [This Message was Edited on 01/07/2013]
  6. sunflowergirl

    sunflowergirl Active Member

    and coughing within 5 min. Most of the new fabrics are loaded with chemicals. I also bought a new set of sheets. They're wearing terribly bad. Wish I could load up on old sheets from years ago.

    Stacy. Interesting volunteer work you do!