Hippie Sheets

I have strange body chemistry.  I first noticed it in high school when my sterling silver jewelry would turn black within hours of putting it on.  My boyfriend gave me a beautiful birthstone ring set in gold.  It was real gold and I was impressed.  That turned black, too.  I took it to a jewelers and they weren’t able to get the black out of it.  My wedding rings don’t do this, but I have others that do, and they leave rings of black smudge on my fingers.

I stop watches.  I quit buying expensive ones because they would die within a month.  I have a drawer full of dead watches.  Thank goodness for cell phones.

I set off security alarms in stores.  This doesn’t happen all the time, but there seem to be periods when whatever it is that sets them off is stronger.  It’s best to stay out of stores during those times, I guess.  I also mess up cash registers.  I worked in a clothing store and the register would beep or the credit card machine wouldn’t work when I was by it.

But now I’m experiencing the weirdest thing of all.  Last year I bought some very expensive sheets, 700 thread count with nice finishes.  I got them at a good price at Overstock.com.    Recently I noticed they had bleach spots all over them.  WTH?  I couldn’t understand how that could have happened when I know I hadn’t used any sort of bleach or detergent booster.  I thought maybe there had been some residual left in the washing machine from the previous cycle.  But then it kept happening.  The sheets started looking more like tie-dyed dorm bedding.  I got frustrated and put them in the Goodwill bag.  I went out and bought some beautiful sheets last week (on sale ) to replace them.  They've been on the bed for 3 days and it’s happening again.  I haven’t washed them!  WTH?  Tie-dyed sheets and they’re brand new!  So I just realized it’s ME doing it.  The bleached-like areas are mostly on the pillowcases, but also where they would be up against my body, so I can’t blame it on face cream.  I don’t sweat.  As strange as that sounds, I really don’t.  I’m sure I do at some minute level, but it’s nothing visible.  I’ve never had to wear deodorant in my life.  It’s a genetic thing on my dad’s side.  So if any of you brainiacs out there have any theories as to what is in my body that would cause this, tell me what it is and how to stop it.  However, if you tell me to give up coffee, I’ll immediately tune you out.


Myonis108 Myonis108
56-60, F
38 Responses Aug 19, 2009

wow no offince but you need to go to the hospital ir something <br />
[get a check]

Oh, sorry hou, It sucks, doesn't it? These things cost money. At least I'm not alone, and it's only my sheets.

Hahahahahaha! Yep!

Oh, dear. It's the glow-in-the-dark boxers, isn't it!

Stop eating food with plutonium in it and you should be all set.

nighthorse, that actually makes more sense to me. I take some medications and I imagine over time there can be a build up. I eat a lot of processed food, too. :P My hairdresser talks about how chemicals in the body can affect the hair. I'm not sure what I could do about it since I need the meds. I take synthroid, a low level steroid for cortisol levels, and a diuretic. Would that do it, I wonder?

aproudwoman, how nice of you to ask. Thankfully, I can say that it is. I am very blessed.

Other than all this, is rest of your life okay?

Oh, I am in serious trouble. There weren't any!

Yea... and it etched out all of the sane parts tooooooo...<br />

Doh! I think the acid has seeped into my brain. Not that kind, the kind in the story.

You're welcome...<br />
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Sheesh... My! I'm sending you to remedial net lingo class

Yes you are. But we already knew that.

You're Whacked.

What is YW?

Oh...<br />
Those boxers must be a hit with the disco craze...<br />
<br />
It's coming back I hear...<br />
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Nyx... YW for the compliment... Here to help and support... You know that...

And still coming around. Pun!

I'm spent. And smart-assy!

Way to get back on point, destry. I'd forgotten there was a story here. Your theory isn't smart-assy, it's brilliant!

I see you're still having "a moment". What does a day long moment feel like? Aren't you exhausted?

I remember now. I manage to regain lucidity occasionally. Besides, who could forget glow-in-the-dark ballz? <br />
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Oh, and thanks for the compliment, Sailor. ;P

ballz has a pair of boxers with glow-in-the-dark baseballs on them. Nyx made a punny comment about that. Does that clear things up? Or are you confused? Because if you're confused, you're in the right group. And those boxers rock.

I mean... I'm all comfortable about body parts and stuff, but the glow in the dark balls thing came outta nowhere... <br />
I deserve it though... Nyx was there... I shoulda been expecting something...

How quickly we forget. Welcome back, HS.

This got weird quick...

I think it was the story about tighty whities, boxers v. briefs. Oh, c'mon! You were the one who made the balls pun.

Not sure I want to.

No. Mr. My is the one with problems related to that. Glow-in-the-dark balls. Remember?

Do you live near a nuclear power plant? Just wondering.

Thanks, Bassy. I guess I'll have to settle for the most expensive jewelry available and refine my shoplifting techniques. <br />
*sigh* I always thought of myself as sweet, not acid.<br />
IT, did you notice the username of that poster? "PrematureE" Hahaha!

LOL! you are so welcome =)

My very first girlfriend used to tarnish jewelery in a very short period of time. Her doctor said that it was because her skin was slightly acidic. Gold jewelery is mostly silver so it tarnishes too. 18K gold is mostly gold so it does not. The acidity could explain the sheet thing too. Absorbing enough chemicals from overzealous cleaning to bleach your sheets without harming you is pretty unlikely. As for the security alarm thing maybe you should stop stealing :P <br />
Just kidding :)<br />

I think in my case, Lilt's explanation sounds more likely. =)<br />
IT, that made me want to throw up. I am impressed and grateful that you went to such much trouble finding a reason for this. I figure it's chemical (as in enzymes) but since I've never in my life had a sweat ring, or even a spot, on my clothes, this is confuddling. Add the fact I so rarely eat spicy foods, not even onions, that doesn't make sense, either. I think it's whatever enzyme is making my rings turn. But what do I know? Now the watches I blame on my magnetic personality. =)

My I wish I had an answer...it does sound like some kind of body chemistry thing. Years ago I had a friend who couldn't wear any jewelry because it would turn black and cause rashes. I hope some of the info above can help!

i have heard of this-i even have a friend who cannot wear jewelry without tarnishing it permanently. <br />
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here's some stuff i found that might be helpful:<br />
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http://www.jewelrygenius.com/tarnish.html<br />
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http://ask.metafilter.com/66878/Body-chemistry-changing-Why-is-my-silver-jewellery-tarnishing-overnight<br />
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http://answers.google.com/answers/threadview/id/485263.html<br />
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which says: It is not likely that this is related to your overall health. It's<br />
quite common for sweat to cause discoloration, or to leach color out<br />
of clothing. A buildup of sweat in the armpit and collar areas exposes<br />
the fabric to a mixture of acids, body oils, salts, ammonia, enzymes,<br />
and bacteria that can affect the dyes in dark-colored fabric, or turn<br />
light-colored fabric various shades of yellow, orange, and even green.<br />
If your perspiration has a tendency to stain fabrics, the use of<br />
deodorants or antiperspirants can worsen this, as can the consumption<br />
of certain foods. It's a highly individual thing. My brother, for<br />
example, found that eliminating onion and garlic from his diet had a<br />
dramatic effect on the sweat-stain problem. I, on the other hand, can<br />
eat onion and garlic quite freely, and I've never had much problem<br />
with discoloration from sweat. Body chemistry varies from person to<br />
person.<br />
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I've gathered some online info for you. Please keep in mind that this<br />
is not medical advice; the material I've posted is for informational<br />
purposes only.<br />
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"Q:<br />
I don't perspire a lot but my sweat 'eats' color out of my clothing.<br />
White shirts become yellow and colored shirts lose color in the<br />
underarm area. I end up throwing shirts away several times a week.<br />
What can I do to stop this clothing discoloration?<br />
<br />
A:<br />
That's because sweat is 99 percent water and one percent messier junk.<br />
'It's all about the bacteria and enzymes,' says David O'Connor, M.D.<br />
of Bethesda Memorial Hospital in Boynton Beach, Florida.<br />
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Among the waste products in your sweat are sodium chloride, phosphate,<br />
urea, ammonia and lactic acid. As the water evaporates, these<br />
substances build up and your shirts gain, or lose, color.<br />
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The apocrine glands in your armpits are particularly 'colorful.' These<br />
produce a different, thicker kind of 'diaphoretic' fluid than the<br />
glands on the hands and feet. And the bacteria that get trapped by the<br />
hair ducts in this region may cause odor and keep the sweat in contact<br />
with your clothing longer...<br />
<br />
Diet might actually be the real culprit. Garlic and certain spices are<br />
broken down and excreted in perspiration. If you eat excessive amounts<br />
of spicy foods, try cutting back and see what happens."<br />
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PrematureE: Archive<br />

I saw a program about a woman with OCD, who cleaned her house all day long. Her body was absorbing all the bleach and cleaning chemicals. The doctor said that she was actually becoming physically toxic to herself and her children.

I'm afraid he'd leave the Wolverine lair looking like he had a serious case of vitiligo.

Sounds to me like your body is ungergoing mutation. Maybe you should ask Hugh Jackman if he needs a love interest in the next X-Men movie.