URGENT prayer request

PLEASE … this is gonna sound weird, but our laundry has become contaminated with a fragrance I do not tolerate and, for reasons we cannot identify, our efforts to decontaminate are not working.

I don’t need advice (unless you are familiar with the problem and know of some new miracle product for de-stinking cotton). We’ve been doing this stuff for nearly 30 years now. It’s never been that big a deal. Annoying, yes, when a kid would come home from a friend’s house stinking of whatever they used. But we knew how to get the stuff out.

So why isn’t it working now? Not only have our clothes and towels gotten stinky, but the stink has spread to stuff that wasn’t originally contaminated despite the fact we never mixed the loads.

Dearest has been laundering non-stop for five days … and I do mean non-stop. The washer actually flashed a “don’t use me again, fool” message and shut itself down for a while. I think it was just tired. The stuff he brought up yesterday seemed better. I went to bed thinking, tomorrow for sure.

I just sniffed the latest batch, which is the same stuff I rejected yesterday. It’s been through multiple wash-dry cycles since yesterday. If anything, it smells worse. I can taste the stuff.

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I’m feeling besieged. Like something malignant has invaded and is breeding its way through my very limited, very precious, hard to come by, hand made, mostly from expensive organic cotton wardrobe.

My feet are cold too. I want my socks back.

Dearest and I have both prayed. He got an inspiration about how to alter the laundry process; I got a comforting that all would be well. Today, I’m thinking … this is one of those spiritual assaults that needs more than two. So Prayer Warriors … if you would. TIA.

(P.S., to my PoliNators … my Beautiful Green Dress was, blessedly, thankfully, NOT in the wash when this all went down. I’m keeping it IN THE CLOSET until this problem is solved.)

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  1. What A Hoot

    Prayers. and more prayers. Any sunshine where you are living. We have had success, albeit in the summer, of leaving something hanging from line for days of sunshine. One blanket took almost three weeks and a good rain shower to be free of the scent. Rain and sunshine and fresh air not a miracle man-made cleaner, I suppose, though. Five days of relaundering? Praying faithfully thus initiated and not ceasing until scent-begone! Love, blessings, and prayers in this very real, trying trial.

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    • chrissythehyphenated

      You’re so right. Sunshine, wind, rain are fantastic. If only it were, you know, not cold, muddy, gray winter. Thanks for understanding and praying.

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      • Prayers being offered for a speedy resolution of the situation! How incredibly annoying!

        Do you ever use essential oils in the washer to deodorize and decontaminate? Someone recommended this to me, and I’m trying it on some bedding items (quilt, down pillows, and blanket) that have this awful persistent moldy smell that normal washing would not remove. I’m very sensitive to all the junk they put in detergents and fabric softeners and only buy the stuff that’s free of perfumes and dyes, and usually after I wash things they don’t smell like anything at all, which is the way I like them. But these particular items still smell moldy even after repeated washings. They would be very expensive to replace, so I’m trying my best to rehabilitate them. Anyway, a friend recommended a couple of essential oil blends: Purification, which is citronella, rosemary, lemongrass, lavandin, melaleuca, and myrtle; and Thieves, which is clove, rosemary, lemon, and eucalyptus. I just put the blanket through the wash with several drops of Purification in the water and I’m hoping that will do the trick.

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        • chrissythehyphenated

          I have most of the oils in Purification and all the oils in Thieves. I think I maybe even have the recipe for Thieves … ah, no. Just the same list of oils. But I could figure out the blend more or less. Just a few drops in a whole load? Did you just put it in the wash cycle with the detergent?

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          • I think I used about four drops of Purification, along with my normal detergent, and it seems to have worked for the blanket, thank heaven. I’m going to give the quilt and pillows the same treatment and hope it will work as well on them.

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  2. Ting

    Prayer warriors in Richmond are on the case.

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  3. So sorry, Chrissy. I have nothing new to suggest, but I will certainly pray. For comfort and peace.

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  4. chrissythehyphenated

    Thanks!

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  5. GP

    It sounds like your machine is all gunked up. Do you have a front load? Since they take so little water, they do not clean out easily. Time to detox the washer! I am sure you have thought to run the washer empty, but another thing I always do is to leave the washer door open when not in use to air it out between washes. Otherwise it is a breeding ground for bacteria.
    I run mine empty now and then with some borax and hydrogen peroxide, no detergent. It really keeps the smell at bay.
    Also, the fact that you are so sensitive is because your body is on toxic overload. You need to detox, detox, detox. You will be amazed at the difference it will make. The safest thing is a far infrared sauna. The small, sit in kind are a lot so expensive and the big wood boxes, and because your head is out, you do not inhale any scents, which is a problem in the box types. I use mine daily, and it has released so much. Releasing the toxins enabled me to lose weight and keep it off, and I do not even need deodorant anymore since bacteria is what causes body odor. When the lymph is cleaned daily, the body is no longer a breeding ground for smelly bacteria.
    Just like the washing machine!

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  6. I’m praying for your health and your scent-free laundry.

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  7. chrissythehyphenated

    I had six of the oils Lucy suggested and a load of Very Smelly Towels. The terry cloth seems to have had a real affinity for the smell. So I took a wash cloth and put 3 drops of each oil on it, then Dearest took it downstairs and put it in with all the towels, our usual unscented detergent … did just one wash/one dry almost solved the stink!

    Keep in mind, he’s been running each load through THREE times before exposing me again. I wanted to give the essential oils the acid test and told him to do once only and see what happened. I didn’t smell the ess oils on the towels at all and the problem fragrance only faintly. I really buried my face in the towels, took two BIG WHIFFS and only set off a mild reaction. The towels had been so stinky before that I couldn’t be in the same room with them.

    [Conga line for Lucy! Lucy, Lucy, LU-CY. Come, let’s see some good kicks!]

    GP, Dearest did run the washer empty with vinegar, but I’m going to tell him about the borax and peroxide in the morning. We have both on hand so he can do it when he gets up, before we try running my clothes again, this time with essential oils. I also talked with my herbalist about my symptoms; my heart has been so bad lately. She’s going to send over some magnesium, see if that might help.

    I can’t do heat detox though; I used to, but after the heart attack, my heart was too damaged. If it means anything, my sweat doesn’t smell at all. Hasn’t for years. I have done detoxes regularly for about 20 years and am familiar with when I am needing to do one again. I tolerate the Dr Natura cleanse really well; it doesn’t stress my heart. But I’m not feeling like that. I think my body is just plumb wore out. It’s been sick a long, long time.

    Thank you all so much for your prayers and advice. I’m so excited maybe to be near the end of this thing.

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    • GP

      Why are you using essential oils in your laundry? They can be skin irritants, even for people who do not have reactions like you do. I love lavender, and have no allergy problems, but every time I am out in my garden trimming my lavender, my nose starts itching like crazy.
      Better to stick to the purely unscented stuff. When I use Borax, I just put about half a cup in the dispenser, add a splash of hydrogen peroxide and a bit of water. My machine does not like powder so I stir it up to make the borax dissolve before I turn on the machine. It dissolves quickly. This is my normal laundry booster since I no longer use bleach.
      Here is some info about the FIR and heart conditions. If you want more specific info, let me know and I will try to get it for you:
      http://momentum98.com/firinfo.html#special

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      • chrissythehyphenated

        I buy essential oils from a very reputable dealer I’ve been using for years. I test the oils individually and only keep those in the house that I tolerate. It wouldn’t have occurred to me to try them in the laundry, because I would think it a waste of money. But they do seem to be helping. Mama Buzz Aced Chem 101 and 102; she suggested maybe they’re somehow binding up with the stinky oil-based won’t wash out of the clothes fragrance and getting it into the water and out of the house.

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      • chrissythehyphenated

        RE: the sauna … I appreciate your concern and information. But we’re behind on the mortgage, utility bill and Dearest is in dutch with the bank about a personal loan.

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