“The quickest and easiest way to get the musty smell out of clothes is to layer some dryer sheets in between them when folding,” says Matthew Simko, men’s style expert from Boston. “This not only works as a preemptive measure but also works to get that ‘suitcase in the attic’ smell out of your clothes when traveling.” If you’re pressed for time, rub a dryer sheet on the garment before wearing it. Find out more genius uses for dryer sheets.
What soaks up odor better than paper? Simko says to take the previous day’s newspaper and ball it up in the sleeves, underarms, or legs of your clothing and leave overnight (or at least four hours). “The porous paper will eat up most, if not all, the odor,” he says. This trick also works for smelly shoes.
You know the old “hang-it-while-you-shower” trick for getting wrinkles out of your clothes? It works for odors too. “The steam causes the fibers in the garment to relax, essentially releasing the odor from the threads,” Simko says. “Hot shower plus clean clothes equals a happy you,” he says.