Brand new unworn shoes reek of mothballs. Why?
June 19, 2014 6:18 PM Subscribe
I just bought these incredibly handsome shoes
. They were delivered today...along with an overpowering mothball smell. I've noticed the same odor on new denim products in several stores lately. I have two questions.
posted by Munching Langolier to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion (4 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
First, the obvious: How do I get rid of this smell? Because I need to start wearing these shoes right now. But also: Why is this smell suddenly all over denim products? Is there a huge denim factory somewhere that supplies a majority of the world's denim, and it was infested with moths so firetrucks came by and doused the whole place with mothball product? Googling variations of "mothball smell on new denim" only returns a few online reviews and Yahoo answers confirming this is, in fact, a recent problem, but nothing about why.