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OK, so this post might be a little TMI for some folks but I feel like I really can’t be the only person who this has had this problem. Today I am offering my expertise on the removal of body odor from clothing. Yes, I know, this is over-sharing at it’s best (worst?) so read on if you dare. If you are too grossed out you can skip this, but remember this post as it will be waiting for you that fateful day you forget to put on deodorant.
I have a few favorite t-shirts. One of my favorite shirts is a vintage Batman tee from the 80’s. I always get compliments on it and wear it often. At some point in the not so distant past I forgot to put deodorant on when I wore the shirt and then proceeded to wear it for about 3 days straight. It was a weekend when I was feeling under the weather and barely crawled out of bed the entire time. Well, sometimes you don’t notice how bad you smell until you shower and you don’t notice how bad your clothes stink until you wash them. Except this shirt. I washed it several times but noticed the shirt still smelled bad. Even when I was perfectly clean and wearing antiperspirant just wearing the shirt made me smell like I had really bad B.O.! It was just the stink caught in the fabric! I decided once and for all to get rid of the stench no matter what it took. Here’s what worked:
Baking soda and white vinegar. The Batman and Superman of the kitchen pantry. Is there anything these two can’t do?
First take a small bowl and fill it with plain distilled white vinegar. Take the armpits of your shirt and dip them into the vinegar. Make sure they are thoroughly soaked and then set the shirt aside until the vinegar has air dried. Once dry, run the dried vinegar areas under hot, hot water until it is rinsed clean. Sniff you shirt. Still stinky? Mine was a bit too so I made a thick paste or baking soda and water and smeared it onto the affected areas. Let the baking soda paste dry and rinse again under hot water. Then take liquid laundry detergent and apply it straight to the pits of the shirt. Toss it into the machine on a cycle with hot water.
When the laundry cycle is done do a sniff test. My shirt was completely fresh smelling! If you still have lingering smells do the vinegar and baking soda dips again while the shirt is still wet. Don’t put it into the dryer unless you know the smell is gone. The smell on my shirt was pretty set in. I had washed and dried it several times before I realized regular laundering was not going to cut it. I’m pretty confident this method will work for you too. For best results do the vinegar and baking soda as soon as you can once the shirt has become soiled. Got any tips for getting rids of smells? Feel free to share in the comments!