# Specific kind of plastic that won't make fabrics smell?

I store various fabrics (clothing, cloths, linens, etc.) in RubberMaid RoughNeck plastic bins. It seems to work fine for a while, but given enough years, the contents take on a strong chemical smell. These are not stored in a musty or damp area -- they are stored in my living room. I assume, therefore, that the smell is from the plastic. Before using the contents again, I need to wash them. This means competing for machines in the laundry room of a highrise. This entirely defeats the point of keeping the seldomly used items, which was to have them on stand-by for immediate use upon demand (as opposed to going out to re-buy them).

Are there specific types of plastic that I should look for in a bin to avoid this kind of smell from the plastic?

• Hmm, that defnitely doesn't make it convenient. Some linens are accessed more frequently than others. But I guess it's either that or use bureaus and drawers. The closets in my place aren't a good option because they smell funny, and research shows that it might be hidden mold (2 of the 3 closets are adjacent to the washroom, and they are the smelly ones). It would be easier to buy my own place than to convince the landlord to rip up the walls/floors. Did you want to post your comment as the answer? – user2153235 Oct 14 '18 at 12:16
• comment moved to answer, with additional suggestions. – DrMoishe Pippik Oct 14 '18 at 17:14

• Polyethylene does not contain plasticisers. The $T_g$ of PE is far below freezing. – Karl Oct 14 '18 at 17:51