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13 Ways to Get Smell Out of Clothes—No Washing Required

Who hasn't been there? The laundry didn't get done and the shirt you planned to wear smells a little less than fresh or maybe you're on a business trip and had dinner at a smelly restaurant the night before. Follow these tips and you can de-stink your clothes in a pinch.

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Deodorizing spray

Try a fabric refresher spray like Febreze to neutralize odors to leave clothes smelling fresh. You can also try a DIY version: Add 16 ounces of witch hazel to 10 to 14 drops of your favorite essential oil, suggests Reichert. Just shake before using and spray your clothing for a gentle scent that will cover up the smell.



A lot of odor removers use charcoal in their systems because odors actually bind with the charcoal and are removed from the air. Here's how to get smell out of clothes using charcoal: Place some charcoal briquettes in the bottom of a paper bag and add the clothing on top, then close tightly and let it sit overnight. You can also place briquettes in shoes and boots to get rid of foot odors.


Distilled white vinegar

Are your clothes smelly in a particular spot and you need a quick fix? Reichert says to use distilled white vinegar in a spray bottle mixed with 10 drops of your favorite essential oil for a great spot fix. "Shake the spray bottle to mix up the oils throughout the vinegar and spray on any spots that smell. The vinegar will work to kill 98 percent of the bacteria and the essential oil will work to cover up the vinegar smell," she says. You can also spray the entire piece of clothing if needed. Don't miss these other household vinegar uses you never knew about.

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Originally Published in Reader's Digest