When we purchase fabric of any sort, whether it’s clothing or upholstery, we run the risk of it being sprayed with pesticides in order to avoid being eaten away during storage. This can potentially pose a health hazard to us and our family. Here are some ways that you can ensure all traces of pesticides are wiped away from the fabric.
This is the easiest and most practical solution to getting rid of pesticides and any other harmful chemicals from the fabric. Before you wear any piece of new clothing, make sure you wash it. Wash them after every use as well. Same holds true for other fabric like bedspreads, pillow covers, etc. In case you use pesticides in your garden or anywhere in your house, make sure you read the wash instructions on the pesticide bottle to get rid of any contamination in your clothes in the most safe and effective way.
Get rid of odors
Sometimes pesticides leave unpleasant chemical odors which you need to get rid of. The best way to do this is to add one cup of baking soda to the washer drum while washing the contaminated fabrics to neutralize odors.
Handling contaminated fabric
If you know that the fabric is heavily contaminated with pesticides, use gloves while handling them. If you think a particular fabric is soaked in pesticides, it is best to dispose of them and avoid physical contact. Shake clothing well before putting them in the machine.
When washing pesticide contaminated fabric, make sure to not overstuff the machine as the clothes need plenty of room for the water to be able to flush out the pesticides from the fabric. Make sure to air dry the fabric post wash. Once you’re done washing the pesticide contaminated fabric, run a clean cycle with an empty machine before using it again.
Use the highest water level to wash pesticide contaminated fabric. Use hot water for the same, heavy-duty laundry detergent and double rinse if required.
With these instructions in mind, you can be rest assured of pesticide-free fabric.
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