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Tips + FAQ

Springtime is fresh and sweet, so should your clothing be

Successful removal of odors depends on the source of the odor and the type of fabric, but the process can be a bit complex. Perspiration; mildew; smoke from tobacco or fire; urine; metallic or oily … there’s a process for each.

Not all odors can be removed, so the question is, if you can’t remove the odor do you disguise it with another product and a different odor?

For washable items:

  • Soak the garment in detergent and/or color-safe bleach
  • Add a few ounces of white vinegar to the mix
  • Baking soda mixed with water can help neutralize odors (like in the fridge)
  • WIN makes a detergent for drip-dry sports gear that might help with body odor
  • Oban is a spray, so it will help disguise—but not remove—odors
  • Mildew is a water-based odor that usually requires chlorine bleach, so be careful with colors

Dryclean-only items:

  • You are somewhat limited with these fabrics because most odors are water-based, hence they may not “rinse-out” during drycleaning
  • However, oily resins, which can be present in some odors, are often removed during the cleaning process, so it’s worth talking to your drycleaner.
  • Point out odors, and do not be embarrassed!

If you have a very bad odor, that cannot be removed at home, ask your drycleaner about Ozone. Many cleaners use this process for animal and smoke odors.

—The Clothing Doctor

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