Advertising

The Seattle Times Company

NWjobs | NWautos | NWhomes | NWsource | Free Classifieds | seattletimes.com

Home & Garden


Our network sites seattletimes.com | Advanced

Originally published Sunday, June 13, 2010 at 7:03 PM

Comments (0)     E-mail E-mail article      Print Print      Share Share

Cheap ways to rid clothes of odors

Fix it: Tips on removing odors from clothing.

Star Tribune (Minneapolis

Q: I buy most of my clothing from thrift and consignment stores. These clothes have a sickly, perfume-y odor that doesn't come out until I've washed them at least three times. Is there anything I can do to remove the odor without washing the clothes so much?

A: The best way to remove these kinds of odors is a process that professionals use called "ozone generation," says Duane Schumann, production manager for Treasured Garment Restoration in Stillwater, Ohio.

"An ozone generator is a machine that creates a third molecule of oxygen, which basically suffocates any living organisms that create odors," he said.

This service runs about $15 to $30 per garment, but Schumann shared cheaper alternatives you can try at home:

• Hang your clothes in a confined area, such as a closet, with the rinds of a few lemons on a plate. The rinds will work as a sponge to absorb the odor. The process takes up to a week, depending on the severity of the smell. You might have to replace the rinds with fresh ones halfway through.

• Air out your garments in direct sunlight on a sunny day. The ultraviolet light will kill the bacteria, but beware — sun also can cause bright colors to fade.

• Use air and fabric deodorizers such as Glade Fabric and Air Odor Eliminator.

• Wash clothes in regular detergent and rinse once. Add a cup of white vinegar to the final rinse cycle.

Fix It is an occasional feature. Send questions to fixit@startribune.com. Sorry, no personal replies.

E-mail E-mail article      Print Print      Share Share

More Home & Garden

Plant Talk | Cool new plants from England - check out Derry Watkins's seed list

NEW - 7:10 PM
Candice Tells All: Contemporary cultural design

NEW - 7:20 PM
How to survive a kitchen remodeling

NEW - 7:01 PM
Interiors: Carpet cleaning a must for healthy air

NEW - 7:47 PM
Modern quilters break the pattern

More Home & Garden headlines...

Comments
No comments have been posted to this article.

advertising


Get home delivery today!

Video

Advertising

AP Video

Entertainment | Top Video | World | Offbeat Video | Sci-Tech

Marketplace

KBB: best buys for '15; analysts say 2015 sales look promising new
(Honda) KBB names best buys for 2015 Kelley Blue Book recently picked these model-year 2015 vehicles as its Best Buy Award winners: Overall winner: Fo...
Post a comment

Advertising