Often when I purchase new clothes or my wife buys fabric to sew something, there is a chemical smell in it. I did some searching and it looks like they use Formaldehyde in the process of these materials.
Sometimes a single regular washing gets rid of them. Other times, I have given up on wearing them.
Is Formaldehyde something which can be washed out? Like using soap trading off with using baking soda or vinegar?
Or is Formaldehyde something on fabrics which will eventually gas-out? Like leaving them hanging over a beam in the attic for a month?
Anyone have a chemical background to explain why they use Formaldehyde and what might be the best way to get rid of its smell?
I’m assuming it is actually Formaldehyde I smell. But my assumption is in places I’ve read about smell in fabrics that’s what it might be.
I’ve also gone through this problem with wanting to get a small throw-rug for my office chair to protect the wood floor. Some rugs don’t have a smell and others I’ve had to return because of it.