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How to remove odour from clothes

From last week’s curry to wet dog smell, read our guide for how to get strong odours out of clothes.

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Pile of laundry about to be put into the washing machine to remove odours from clothes

Key Steps

  • Soak your clothes in vinegar or baking soda and water.

  • Wash as normal, but add 2 cups of white vinegar to the drum.

  • Don’t forget to use fabric conditioner.

  • Air dry fully before putting the clothes away.

  • Prevent future smells with an odour catcher in your clothes storage.

So, you’ve picked out your favourite outfit ready for a special evening out, only to discover it has some nasty odours hanging about the fabric. A spritz of perfume won’t quite cut it in every situation, so we’ve created this guide to show you how to get smells out of clothes with ease.

How to remove bad odours from clothes: A step-by-step guide

If you can still smell the curry you cooked last week on your favourite jacket or have a musty pet smell hanging about your jeans, we’ve got you covered. With just a few simple steps we’ll show you how to get strong odours out of clothes.

Remove the odour from your clothes naturally with a cup of baking soda or two cups of white vinegar in your wash. This will help to brighten white laundry too!

You will need:

  • Water
  • Vinegar
  • Detergent
  • Fabric conditioner

How to remove smells from clothes

  1. First, soak your clothes.

    We recommend doing this overnight, but if needs be you can soak for four hours.

    • Fill a bucket or your sink with cold water. • Add a solution of 1 cup vinegar and 4 cups hot water. • Fully submerge your clothes in the mixture and leave to soak. • If you’re wondering how to get food smell out of clothes, follow the same method, but instead add one cup of baking soda.

  2. Launder your clothes as normal.

    Use a cold wash and mild detergent on your usual wash. If you’re wondering how to get strong odours out of clothes, you could add two cups of vinegar to the drum for extra odour-busting power.

  3. Don't forget to use fabric conditioner.

    Using a good quality fabric conditioner such as Comfort Intense Fresh Sky is a great solution for how to remove smells from clothes and add a touch of freshness to your wash.

If you’re wondering how to get smells out of clothes that are caused by damp, our guide on getting rid of damp smells on your clothes will help you out.

How to make your clothes smell good (and keep them that way)

Now you know how to get rid of smell in clothes, here are a few steps you can prevent them in the future.

  1. Make sure your washing machine is cleaned regularly.

    Find out how with our guide on removing smells from your washing machine.

  2. Add an odour catcher to your wardrobe and drawers.

    These help to remove odour from clothes in storage. Here are a few easy ways to make your own:

    • Fill a container with coffee grounds or baking soda and poke holes in the lid. • Fill a small cotton bag with lavender or lemongrass. • Spray your favourite perfume onto some cotton balls.

  3. Always allow your clothes to fully dry before putting them away.

    For the best results dry them outside in the fresh air.

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So if yesterday’s takeaway smells a bit less delicious on your jumper today, our tips on how to get food smells out of clothes, and remove any other odours, should be just the ticket. Now you know how to make your clothes smell good in just a few easy steps, your favourite outfit is ready to wear again in no time!

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