Clothes just itch, also bed linen/sheets, 100% cotton no seams please

by Adrian
(England)

I am a 49 year old male. My obsessions with clothing started at the age of two. My Mother has told me I refused to wear anything that itched .i.e. knitted garments...or clothes that were not natural like cotton. Going through school I would constantly adjust my shirt especially where it tucked in to my trousers. I would have to have the most perfect of knots in my tie that I could touch and caress. The seams in my trousers could not touch my legs...so much so that to this day I wear inside out pyjama bottoms under my trousers. My shirts have to be immaculate but baggy so as not to touch my skin. my bed sheets are 100% cotton with a very fine percale made by Dorma. Bought back in 1990s. They don't make them any more so who knows what I will do when they wear out. I wish I could just wear a pair of old jeans straight against my legs and not get bothered about seams and whether they are itchy or not...I need some guidance please and I am open to any suggestions. Thanks

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Aug 25, 2015
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Itchy clothes
by: Terrence

I have been the same way for years, Adrian. So as not to go crazy or just run around naked, I have taken some steps that help. The first secret is 100% cotton thread. Industrial machines work better with thread that has nylon in it. Sew some soft cotton material along the inside of seams in pants, using 100% cotton thread. Even 2% or 3% will gave me an itch.

I buy high- thread (at least 80 thread count) cotton supima is the best) and get my shirts made with it, using 100% cotton thread.

The rest I got from this site: http://sacfs.asn.au/news/2011/03/03_29_how_to_decontaminate_new_clothing_and_fabrics.htm

I shows you how to get itchiness, especially formaldehyde, out of cotton tee shirts by soaking them first in water with salt for some hours, then rinse and dry and put it in a solution of tri-sodium phosphate for a few hours, then rinse and dry, and so on, with a solution of milk, then vinegar, then sodium bicarbonate. Helps a lot. avoid contact with the thread in the seams.

May 23, 2012
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tactile problems
by: Anonymous

I agree with the advice of the post below, also a. girl my family has similar problems of tactile sensitivity, associated with other sensory impairments. Greetings

May 23, 2012
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itchy
by: Anonymous

try to get an evaluation with an occupational therapist - they might have some ways to help you lessen your sensitivies through compensating sensory diet activities

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