The Ultimate Guide On How To Get Odor Out of Clothes

There are few things more disappointing than getting your clothes out of the dryer and realizing they STILL smell. What gives?

No matter how many times you wash it, some odors stick to the fabric and never want to leave.

Luckily, there’s a solution for every funky smell. In this blog post, you’ll find a comprehensive guide on how to get  odor out of clothes, including tips on removing the toughest smells from your favorite shirts, pants and dresses.

Why Do Our Clothes Smell?

Some odors are harder to get rid of than others. For example, some perfume odors stay on your clothes even after washing. Leaving your sweaty, post-workout garments in a hamper, gym bag or musty locker room allows stinky bacteria to build up over time, creating a smelly layer that standard detergents can’t penetrate.

Distinct odors that are hard to get rid of include cooking smells and that irritating musty closet odor.

Some fabrics also retain smells more than others. Polyester is notorious for holding on to scent. Synthetic, moisture-wicking fabrics also tend to retain odor more than natural material like cotton.

Guide on How to Get Odor Out of Clothes

General Tips on Removing Odor Out of Clothes

Check Your Washing Machine

Sometimes when your clothes smell as soon as they come out of the washing machine, it’s the machine that’s to blame.

Unfortunately, washing machines don’t clean themselves yet. They gather dirt from your dirty laundry that starts to build up. The dark, damp environment of the washer is perfect for mold to grow.

Check your machine’s manual for instructions on how to clean it.

Wash Your Clothes On High Heat

Hot water kills odor-producing bacteria, so it’s a good idea to wash your smelly clothes in hot water whenever possible.

However, don’t forget to check clothing labels before washing. Some fabrics shrink and fade in hot water.

Turn Your Clothes Inside-Out Before Washing

It’s no secret that most smelly bacteria come from dead skin cells, oils, and sweat. It’s easier to get rid of them when you reach them directly. That’s why we recommend turning your clothes inside out to get to those nasty bacteria.

Plus, your clothes are probably already inside out after you’ve taken them off. Leave them like that – who needs the extra work anyway?

Dry Your Clothes Outside

While using a dryer is convenient, drying your clothes on a clothesline has advantages. It’s not only an environmentally-friendly option that will save you money. It also leaves your clothes smelling nice!

UV-rays kill microbes and remove odor. The wind also helps to air out the clothes, giving them that amazing fresh smell.

How to Remove Perfume Odor From Clothes

Whether you got carried away while spritzing your shirt with your favorite cologne or used a scented laundry product, strong, fragrant odors can present a problem.

To get rid of perfume odors, fill a large sink or washer with cold water. Add a solution of one cup baking soda in four cups of hot water. Submerge the clothes and allow them to soak for at least four hours.

After that, wash the clothes as directed. Make sure to use heavy-duty unscented laundry detergent.

How to Get Body Odor Out of Clothes

It’s incredibly frustrating to put on a clean shirt to find it’s starting to smell halfway through the day.

Why does this happen?

Perspiration, bacteria and body oils are trapped in the synthetic fibers even after washing, producing a stagnant smell that just won’t quit.

First, treat underarm areas to get rid of deodorant build-up. Second, wash your shirt with heavy-duty detergent containing the type of ingredients that can remove body soil. Some examples include Persil and Tide.

If that doesn’t help, soak your shirt in lukewarm water with two cups of baking soda for at least 24 hours. When done, repeat the wash as described above.

How to Get Cooking Odors Out of Clothes

If your clothes absorbed smells from the kitchen, use a heavy-duty laundry detergent and wash them on high heat.

You can also add one-half cup of borax or one cup of baking soda the washer for a stronger solution.

How to Get Odor Out of Gym Clothes

If you’ve noticed your workout clothes smell funky even after washing, you’re not alone. Sometimes they seem fresh, but as soon as you start working out, they begin to reek.

It’s a common problem for moisture-wicking synthetic fabrics. To prevent it from happening, let sweaty clothes air out after your workout before stuffing them into a bag or hamper. Wash them as soon as possible and make sure not to overload your washing machine.

You can also try pre-soaking your gym clothes with cold water with a cup of vinegar. Another excellent natural method is baking soda. Add a cup of it to the washer along with detergent and use warm water.

How to Get Rid of That Musty Closet Smell

Mildew and dampness is a common cause of musty closet odors. Overstuffed with shoes, clothing and miscellaneous items leaves little room for air circulation, creating a musty, damp smell over time that permeates your clothing.

First, empty your closet. Wash the clothes that don’t look or smell fresh. Clean the closet by sweeping the floor and wiping walls and shelves. Use one half a cup of white vinegar in a bucket of warm water as a deodorizer.

If you spot mildew, remove it with a spray bottle three fourths full of hot water with two capsules of bleach.

Dry and air out your closet before putting your clothes back in.

To get that musty odor out of clothes, add one cup of baking soda or one cup of vinegar to the washer. Wash your clothes in the hottest water the labels allow and dry them outside.

Get Rid of the Smell by Blocking It

As you can see, there’re many ways to get the odor out of your clothes. However, wouldn’t it be nicer if they just…don’t smell?

We can help you with that!

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