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How to Remove Bad Odours From Clothes

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There’s nothing worse than taking out a freshly washed load of laundry and finding it still reeks of a bad odour. Whether you’re dealing with sweat odour, animal smells, or anything else, learning the best techniques on how to treat it will get your clothes smelling fresh and new in no time. Sometimes improper use of detergent, storage, and incorrect drying methods can also contribute to smelly clothes.

No matter how many times you wash smelly clothes, if you’re not using specially formulated laundry products, you’re unlikely to be able to properly get rid of those smells. Using a scented washing detergent is also not enough on its own to deeply clean your clothes, as it will only temporarily mask musty smells. The best way to eliminate bad odours from your clothes is to find the right laundry detergent or try some of our washing tips.

Removal methods for different types of odours

The common way to get rid of bad odours is with an antibacterial washing detergent. Understanding which washing modes to use can also help with eradicating odour from clothes by helping detergent become more effective. Generally washing your clothes in hotter water is recommended when you’re trying to get rid of a bad odour. However, there are techniques you can use at home to eliminate bad odours.

Body, underarm, or foot odour

While sweat on its own doesn’t have any odour, when it’s mixed with bacteria, it can create an unpleasant smell that stays on your clothing. Whether you’re sweating from going to the gym, playing sports, or just generally, here are your top tips for dealing with the odour on your clothes:

  • Air out sweaty clothes until they can be washed
  • Pre-soak your clothing in a solution of 1:4 vinegar and water, or
  • Pre-soak clothes in ½ cup of baking soda in a tub or sink full of water
  • Use an antibacterial washing detergent in the washing machine or soak your clothes with it

Animal odour

For those who have pets, we know they can leave behind a distinct smell that isn’t easily removed from our clothes, sheets, and blankets. Here are the best ways to do so:

  • Use regular laundry detergent with ¼ cup of apple cider vinegar
  • Soak the affected clothing or fabrics with ¼ cup of vinegar and water, wash in the machine after 30 minutes
  • Soak or wash with antibacterial laundry detergent

Ammonia

If you’re washing cloth diapers that have been soiled, you will probably experience a buildup of ammonia odour. We recommend stripping diapers with RLR laundry treatment which is added to your wash cycle, without detergent. This should be repeatedly rinsed until there are no suds. Investing in a specially formulated odour-removing detergent will also help you eliminate ammonia smells with every wash.

Mildew and dampness odour

Mildew is a fungus that can grow on your clothes and in your washing machine when your clothes have been left damp in there for too long. Our tip to get rid of mildew is to wash your affected clothes with 1 cup of white vinegar or baking soda and run your washer for an additional rinse cycle. There are washing detergents that are formulated for bacteria from dampness and mildew that you can easily use in your laundry routine.

Perfume or strong laundry product odours

Whether your perfume is stubbornly remaining on your clothing or you’re using strongly scented laundry detergents, the best way to neutralise those smells is to use a scent-free washing detergent, washing soda or an RLR laundry treatment.

Vomit

Before washing away clothing stained by vomit, you should ensure that any solids have been removed. Make a paste of baking soda and water to leave on the stains for at least 30 minutes, then you can rinse the clothes in cold water and wash in with the machine on a hotter water temperature setting.

Smoke, oil, grease or chemical odours

  • Air out clothing before washing
  • Use a vinegar pre-soak
  • Use an odour eliminating spray
  • Add a cup of baking soda to your wash cycle
  • Place clothes in a bag of coffee grounds overnight
  • Make a mixture of 60-70% vodka with water in a spray bottle and spritz on affected areas of clothing

There are some other things you should be aware of when washing clothes to avoid damp, musty-smelling clothes. Here are a few tips you can try:

  • Ensure your washing machine is clean
  • Wash smelly clothes as soon as possible or air them outside before you can launder them
  • Turn your clothes inside-out before washing
  • Wash a smaller load of clothes
  • Hang up your clothes to dry as soon as possible
  • Avoid leaving damp clothes in enclosed spaces where they can’t air out (e.g. washing machine, drawers, wardrobes)

Find an odour-removing laundry detergent that does it all

Need the ultimate bacteria and odour eliminating laundry detergent to remove any type of unpleasant odours from clothing? Try Biozet Attack PLUS Eliminator. Our powder formulation offers thorough cleaning and odour-free clothing in just one wash. Choose our liquid formula instead if you want to protect the colour of your clothes while brightening them. If you’d like to deep clean your clothes, you can also choose to soak your garments with detergent before they go in the machine.

 Biozet Attack’s PLUS Eliminator technology works by removing 99.9% of Moraxella Osloensis, the bacteria that is responsible for causing odour on clothing. Not only does the PLUS Eliminator formula take away the bad smells, but your clothes will also have a light, fresh fragrance after each wash. As well as targeting bad odours, you can also beat the toughest stains and brighten your clothing with our dual-action washing detergent.

Shop Biozet Attack’s powerful odour removing detergent for fresh, clean clothes every time you wash.

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