wikiHow to Make Your Clothes Smell Good Overnight

Two Methods:Hanging Clothes UpUsing Storage Boxes and Draws

If you like to wake up to fresh and nice smelling clothes, there are a few simple steps you can take to help ensure your clothes smell good overnight. If possible, you should try to hang up your clothes so they are exposed to the air and keep fresh that way. You can add various scented things to the closet to keep them smelling nice. If you keep clothes in a container or drawer, you can also add some simple scented objects.

Method 1
Hanging Clothes Up

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    Hang them up in fresh air. Hang your clothes up to let air circulate around them and blow away bad smells and fumes. Hanging your clothes up is good way to help ensure that they smell fresh and clean when you put them on in the morning. If you can hang them up in fresh air, such as in your yard or on your balcony, then you will get the most benefit.[1]
    • You could also hang your clothes up near to an open window.
    • This can be a good way to ensure that they are exposed to lots of fresh air even if you have to keep them indoors.
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    Hang your clothes up overnight. Even if you can’t hang your clothes up outside or with exposure to fresh air, you should still hang them up overnight. You won’t get the same amount of freshness as you would if you hung them up outside, but it is definitely preferable to leaving your clothes in a heap on the floor.[2]
    • Hang them up in your closet or on a clothes rail.
    • Try to ensure that there is some circulation around the clothes.
    • Be wary of putting your closet in a dark and damp corner of your room.
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    Add some scented cotton balls. Once you have hung your clothes up in the closet, there are a whole host of things you can add that will help your clothes smell fresh in the morning. One of the most popular methods is just to spray a couple of cotton balls with your favourite perfume, or other scented product, and hang the balls up in your closet.
    • You could use some scented essential oils rather than perfume.
    • You can also just place the cotton on a shelf in your closet.
    • The scent will transfer onto your clothes overnight.
    • This method will effectively cover up bad smells with good ones.[3]
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    Spritz your clothes. Give your clothes a quick spray before you go to bed to help them stay fresh and smell good in the morning. You can use all sorts of different things to spritz your clothes, and it depends on what kinds of smells you like. There are a range of products you can buy to freshen up stale clothes by spritzing them, but you can also easily concoct your own at home.
    • Add a few drops of an essential oil to a spray bottle of water.
    • Some good choices are lavender, grapefruit and lemon.[4]
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    Try using coffee grounds. Coffee grounds are known to absorb unpleasant odours, and you can use them to help keep your clothes smelling good overnight. Take a pot of coffee grounds, and make a few small holes in the top of the container. Tuck this container of coffee grounds in your closet, and leave it to soak up the bad smells.
    • You should generally replace the pot of coffee grounds once a month.[5]

Method 2
Using Storage Boxes and Draws

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    Use a soap bar. If you are keeping your clothes in a container overnight, you can help them stay smelling good by just using a bar of soap. Carefully fold your clothes into the container, and then place a breathable cloth, such as a napkin or a thin tablecloth, over the top of the clothes. Get a sweet-smelling soap bar that you like, and place this on top of the breathable cloth.
    • Put the lid back on the container, and leave it.
    • The clothes should have absorbed the smell of the soap after around four hours.
    • Try out a few different soaps to see which one you like the most.
    • Lavender and lemon are good choices to start with.[6]
    • You could repeat this method with a drawer rather than a storage container.
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    Use herb sachets. Making a small sachet or a nice smelling herb and adding to the container or draw where you store your clothes overnight will help you wake up to fresh smelling clothes. You can buy small sachets of potpourri, but you can also make your own at home. Get a few small cotton bags that are breathable.
    • Then fill them will dried herbs that you like the smell of, and put them in the drawer or container.
    • Lavender is a popular choice, and you can also try lemongrass.[7]
    • Experiment with some different scents to find the one that works best for you.
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    Try dryer sheets. Dryer sheets are a tried and tested way to keep clothes smelling nice and fresh when they are being stored. If you have a big drawer or container full of clothes add a dryer sheet between each layer to help keep them fresh and smelling good.[8]
    • You can also just place one dryer sheet at the bottom of each drawer or container.
    • Adding a dryer sheet to your suitcase is also great for keeping clothes fresh when travelling.[9]
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    Consider draw liners. You could opt for getting especially designer drawer liners to help keep clothes fresh overnight. These work in the same way as the dryer sheets, but they are generally scented and designed to last for longer. You will find these in department and homeware stores, and they come in a range of fragrances.[10]

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