Figuring out a way to remove odors is never easy. There are so many different remedies out there, what truly works?
Who wants to spend all day washing and rewashing clothes to make sure you don't stink? Ummmm...not me!
Between standing in 90 degree hot, humid weather for days at a time doing shows, having a husband who wears a bulletproof vest (read hot and sweaty, and a having a 14-year old boy, I see (and smell) a lot coming through the laundry!! So I put together some tips and tricks on items that seem to need the most help.
Light Shirts: Spray shirts prone to sweat stains with lemon juice before washing. The natural acid dissolves alkaline sweat residue that could cause yellow discoloration.
Jeans: Freeze them inside a plastic bag for up to two days to zap odor without running them through the washing machine. Consistently washing your jeans will degrade the indigo in the denim fabric and heat will also fade your denim and wear out the spandex (the stretch) in your jeans. Wash your jeans as little as possible to not only maintain their color but their shape/fit.
Socks: First, make sure that you are taking care of your foot hygiene (meaning scrub those feet with soap when bathing/showering). If smell continues to be an issue in the socks, you can use up to 2 cups of white vinegar per gallon of water and allow the socks to soak for 30 minutes. Then rinse and wash like normal. If you have white socks that are more gray than white, using a few tablespoons of bleach in a hot wash cycle may be the punch you need! ** Side note: Bamboo is a great antimicrobial fabric which means it inhibits the growth of bacteria and wicks sweat which makes it a great material for socks. You can check out soft, bamboo socks here.
Vintage Clothing/Thrift Clothes: Remove odors from clothing by spritzing them with a mixture of one part vodka, two parts water. I am a huge fan of Downey Wrinkle Releaser which not only gets rid of the wrinkles but also acts as a fabric refresher! 2 for 1 bonus!
BONUS: Did you leave your clothes in the washer for too long and now they smell like mildew? No worries throw them in again with some white vinegar and baking soda. The smell will be gone when you come back!
Do you have any amazing tips that you would love to share? Leave us a comment below!!