How to Remove the Scent of Detergent or Fabric Softener from Clothing

Popular laundry detergents and fabric softeners often contain a perfume or scent that remains in the clothing after laundry. Some people are either allergic to the scents or just don't care for them, and scents often persist after multiple washings. Removing these scents also is important for people who buy used clothing or bedding that have been laundered with scented products.

Steps

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    Put the clothing out in strong sunlight for several days. This will break down any residues.
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    Add one cup or more of vinegar in a load of wash to help remove some detergent residue.
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    Use peroxide-based laundry additives - theoretically these should oxidize residues in the fabric.
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    Consider odor-removing products - some do work, but beware, many rely on another "cover" scent to mask the odor.

Tips

  • Learn more about modern detergents and how they leave residues in fabric. This may help develop a new technique.

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Categories: Laundry Cleaning Products