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5 Reasons New Bamboo Sheets Smell Bad: How to Deal With It

You just bought a new set of bamboo sheets and noticed it has a bad smell to it. What do you do?

Suppose you’re wondering how a new set of sheets can smell so terrible and if there’s anything you can do to make the smell go away. Don’t worry. It’s not just you!

It’s actually very common and something many people experience when buying new bedding. Although it can be frustrating and almost unbearable for some, it can be really easy to fix.

5 Reasons New Bamboo Sheets Smell Bad

There are several reasons that can cause new sheets to develop an odor. The material, the manufacturing process, and even how long they were stored before being sold all contribute to whether or not they’ll have a strange scent.

It’s important to know what causes this in order to find out how best to deal with it!

Fabric – Some fabrics are more prone to developing strange odors than others. Polyester is a material that often has this problem, as does rayon and microfiber. On the other hand, bamboo sheets may have a smell due to the chemicals used to process the fabric.

Chemicals – Many fabric types are treated with chemicals, such as formaldehyde and phenol. The chemical residue releases a smell into the air as soon as you open them for the very first time. So, if you’re sensitive or allergic to chemical odors and smells, only buy organic sheets with an Eco-Tex label and are mechanically produced.

Manufacture Location – Most bed sheets are imported to the US from China and other parts of the world. The long shipping process and time in storage can cause them to have an unpleasant odor.

Storage – Another reason new sheets may smell is that they weren’t stored properly or are old stock. Damp and humid warehouses are prone to cause mold and mildew to develop on fabrics, resulting in an awful odor. This is especially true for older model sheets that have been exposed to these conditions for an extended period of time.

Packaging – Finally, the packaging used for the new sheets can also be the reason they smell. Plastic packaging is often used to cover bedding and release strong smells when exposed to air for an extended period of time.

Tips to Deal with New Sheets that Smell Bad

Tips to Deal with New Sheets that Smell Bad

Luckily, there are some ways of dealing with this problem without going through all the trouble of returning your bedding set for another one that may have the same issue. Here’s what I recommend based on my personal experience:

Give them a good airing out: 

Hang your newly purchased bed sheet set outside or in the afternoon sun to get rid of strange smells that may have collected along the production process and during storage.

Wash Them: 

To get rid of any funky smells, wash your new bed sheet set using the instructions on the care label. You can add a tablespoon of vinegar or baking soda which will help to neutralize the smell.

Place them near a window: 

If you’re unable to hang outside and need fresh air immediately, putting it near a window during the day (or overnight) is another way of getting rid of funky smells.

Throw them in the dryer: 

Lastly, you can put your bed sheets in the dryer on low heat to help remove unwanted odors. Add a couple of dryer sheets as well to add some freshness as well.


To conclude, there are many reasons why new bed sheets smell bad. Some of them can be dealt with, while others cannot. If none of the tips above helped remove the smell, your only choice might be to return them for another brand or a refund.

Molly E

Molly is a mother, wife, and part-time blogger. She has a passion for finding the latest Green Products for all her family needs!