Laundry Hacks for Smelly Clothes

May 15, 2019 4 min read

Laundry Hacks for Smelly Clothes

One of the unfortunate outcomes of stress and sweat is the sour smell that results from the combination of the two. What’s worse is when the unpleasant odor lingers on your clothes, even after they are washed. It can be even more frustrating when you’ve spent a pretty penny on sweat proof undergarments that are designed to keep you dry and fresh.

While the silver infused fabric of Ejis products is extremely helpful in fighting odor-causing bacteria, they may accumulate odor over time. The residual smell does not necessarily mean it’s time to retire your sweat proof undergarments. They may just need to be refreshed; kind of like a PC that requires the occasional restart or reboot process.

We’ve compiled a list of laundry hacks and suggestions to refresh your sour-smelling clothes. Try these tips for washing your laundry, especially sweaty undergarments, to keep them smelling fresh. 

9 Hacks to Get the Smell Out of Your Clothes

  1. Take off the offending clothing. Remove smelly and/or sweaty clothes as soon as possible, and turn them inside out to air. If they are damp from sweat, hang them up or lay them out on a drying rack.
  2. Wash clothing inside out. This ensures thorough cleansing when washing. The water and detergent make direct contact with the body oils and sweat that builds up on the fabric.
  3. Use the recommended amount of detergent. Not using enough detergent will prevent your clothes from getting clean. Using too much detergent will increase the water's viscosity, which makes it more difficult for the water to penetrate the fabric and remove dirt and odors.
  4. Pre-soak your clothes. There are several all-natural substances in which to pre-soak your clothes. Place smelly clothing in a mixture of water and 1 ounce of detergent. Let them sit for 15-30 minutes.
  5. Give ‘em a good scrubbing. After the pre-soak, scrub the smelly areas with baking soda before tossing into the washing machine.
  6. Use baking soda or lemon in the wash. Add 8 ounces of baking soda or the juice of one lemon (or several drops of lemon essential oil) into the washing machine before filling the water basin. Baking soda is a deodorizer and can help draw smells out of clothes; and the citric acid in lemons breaks down the oils in the materials.
  7. Avoid fabric softener. Fabric softener can actually lock in the offending odors. Try using wool balls scented with an essential oil, such as lavender, in the dryer.
  8. Give ‘em a boost. Try out one of the many laundry boosters or wash enhancers, such as Zero Odor and Downy Unstoppables, to give your tired clothes a fragrant boost. Another option is Downy Fresh Protect, which claims to be a deodorant for your clothes by neutralizing bad odors.
  9. Hang clothes to dry. If you have the time and space, hang your clothes outside to dry. Sunshine and fresh air are Mother Nature’s best tools to freshen laundry. Make sure they are hung inside-out to avoid fading.

In addition to treating your clothes for odor, make sure your washing machine is clean. Washers can become smelly from too much detergent, hard water minerals build-up, and mold or mildew accumulation over time. Experts suggest cleaning your washing machine every six months so the smells don’t transfer from the washer to your freshly laundered clothes.

Clean your washing machine so the smells don't transfer to your clothes.

Tips for Cleaning Your Washing Machine

  1. Air it out. Leave the washer lid or door open between washings to keep it aired out.
  2. Wipe it down. Using a mixture of distilled white vinegar and water, wipe down the gasket and basin with a clean sponge or cloth.
  3. Refresh it with vinegar. For front-loading machines, add two cups of distilled white vinegar to the detergent dispenser. For top-loading machines, add four cups of white cleaning vinegar to the basin. Set it to the longest cycle and hottest temperature. Run it through a complete cycle.
  4. Refresh it with baking soda. For front-loading machines, add half cup of baking soda to the drum. For top-loading machines, add one cup of baking soda to the drum. Set it to the longest cycle and hottest temperature. Run it through a complete cycle.
  5. Wipe it down again. After running the refreshing cycles, wipe down the drum, basin, and/or lid to remove scum.
  6. Set it to clean automatically, if available. Some of the newer models of washing machines have a specific setting designed to clean the basket or drum. Follow the instructions in the manufacturer’s guide to clean the machine.

As always, follow the general laundering instructions of your Ejis sweat proof undergarments (available on our shop or on Amazon) to ensure their reliable performance. Additionally, if you are experiencing issues with sweat stains on your clothing, see the laundering tips in our article “How to Prevent and Remove Armpit Stains from Shirts.”

It won’t take much time or effort to give your sweat proof undergarments and stinky clothes the boost they need to smell fresh and clean.

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