this has always been a concern for me and it is especially noticeable in clothing like pajamas. the smell is disgusting and the chemical component is disturbing at best. yes, i want to prevent my clothing and such from going up in flames, however, i don't have any interest in breathing in the toxic compounds that the items have been treated with. yuck!
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Now that's a mouthful!!!
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Follow your nose. Don't live with anything that smells offensive to you, chances are it's not that good for you.
HealthyStuff.org has a bunch of tests on various things, including cars (you know that "new car smell"? not good). BTW, on their car tests, flame retardants show up really well, phthalates (=plastic softeners) less so. For the latter you just have to trust your nose.