Removing Rubber Odor From New Bras?

I just purchased new bras that have a very strong rubber odor. They have been washed repeatedly but to no avail. Now they just sit in a box. Can someone help me find out how to remove the new rubber odor in this type of clothing?



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January 10, 20050 found this helpful

I've had good luck getting odors out with kitty litter. A good quality litter seems to work best. Put litter in a plastic bag, put the item on top of it and close it tightly. Let sit for 24 - 48 hours. Works great on smelly tennis shoes, smoke and pet odors.

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October 9, 20180 found this helpful

I think a lot of new bras fit great but are smelling bad from materials used to construct them - I got some from Nordstroms and Third Love - they all have a strange Oder and probably more people will complain.

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May 31, 20200 found this helpful

I had two bras that smelled really odd.
I hung them on the line for a whole week, no luck.


I washed them repeatedly, no luck.
So I soaked them in 100% simple green soap and washed them with regular detergent. The smell is barely noticable. I'm not sure what will happen after I wear them, they are hanging up now.

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By Jenny (Guest Post)
September 20, 20050 found this helpful

My husband sweats profusely in his sleep. It is so bad that I cannot get the stench out of our bed pillows. Most of them are down and cannot be washed in the washer machine. I have tried febreeze to no avail. Does anyone have a suggestion?

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November 5, 20190 found this helpful

please be careful with free breeze. it has chemicals in it that has caused serious lung injuries in pets. if it causes it in pets it most certainly effects humans as well.

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July 31, 20200 found this helpful

I have learned that profuse sweating in humans can be corrected by taking zinc. This might be the help for your husbands sweating.


I start with a small amount of anything I take to make sure my body accepts it. Also capsules have less fillers.

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By janice (Guest Post)
August 11, 20060 found this helpful

I have had this problem too and from different brands of bras. I have tried soaking them in laundry detergent (even in vinegar) but after each wash they still have an awful odor and I can't wear them. The strange thing is they don't smell like this when purchased, only after the first wash. And from then on. Any suggestions would be great.

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August 13, 20180 found this helpful

Janice--Yes, it only starts smelling when it gets into water (or soapy water). I can't return it, because all tags are off.


It even made another older bra smell the same, when I washed them together. I'm going to have to wash the older one again.

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October 5, 20190 found this helpful

You can't smell them when you buy it because the smell is in the store. I've gotten stuff home and had the same problem.

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By Tess (Guest Post)
August 23, 20060 found this helpful

I just found this info from a rubber mfr site:
"Rubber Odor: All products made with SBR rubber, including automobile tires, have a distinct rubber odor. This odor eventually off-gasses leaving no detectable odor. Under ideal conditions, the Tire Veneer, upon arrival to the job site, should be unpacked immediately and the tiles or rolls laid out near where they are to be installed.


This will allow them to off-gas or breath. The more time available for this the better. Recognizing that ideal conditions rarely exist, after installation, increasing the room temperature as high as possible overnight will accelerate the off-gassing process."
I have a rubber purse that I'm currently keeping on my back porch and after a couple days it seems to be "off-gassing" successfully.

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By Marlene (Guest Post)
August 1, 20070 found this helpful

I recently purchased a balance ball that you use to excercise with. The rubber on the ball smells so bad it makes me nauseous. The company said the smell will never go away because of the materials used to make it. Does anyone have any experience with this sort of problem and if so have you had any success removing the smell?

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August 14, 20170 found this helpful

I'd like to know the same.

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