Want to know the truth about getting odors out of clothes? For any family on the move one of the most frustrating problems in the household is when odor remains in clothing after you spent time trying to remove it. Sure it is great to have that new water saving wash machine, 300 ounces super saver bottle of detergent, fabric softeners that will make even your dog jealous or dryer sheet that emits a fresh scent throughout your home. The problem is that if you fall prey to the marketed perceived benefits of a product you may miss finely printed, published or unpublished issues that can reduce your ability to get the stink out.
Well it is pretty common knowledge that odor is caused by unwanted pollutants like foul smelling fragrances, soil, oily sweat (moisture) and bacteria. There is an easy way to remove odor from your smelly clothes, stinky sports equipment or funky odiferous shoes at home but you have to know a few do’s and don’ts.
• Don’t over use detergent. Just because your clothes are really dirty does not mean you should double up on the detergent. If detergent is not fully rinsed out, it can cause re-soiling.
• Don’t use fabric softener on high performance sports clothing or compression fabric that claim to be breathable or moisture wicking. Fabric softeners acts like a wax and will clog up the pores in these types of textiles.
• Don’t think that all detergents are the same. If the deal seams too good you may be buying an inferior product. Especially when you are dealing with odors in laundry.
• Don’t wash clothing that smells using cold water. Less water sometimes can mean that you do not fully saturate or rinse clothing. Pay attention to the washing machine settings. Always use hot water no matter what any label says. It just cleans better.
• Don’t leave wet things in hamper for more that 24 hrs. Bacteria grows in this environment and can contaminate other pieces of clothing.
• Don’t try to be a chemist and test home remedies. You may mix something like vinegar and bleach (which creates a toxic gas) and really hurt yourself or someone in your family.
• Keep things dry. You know if you leave a towel outside in bad weather for a few days and the smell it, it stinks! When you use clothing it needs to be dried out as soon as possible. Odor get worse when moisture (sweat, bath water and humidity) is trapped or always present. Plug in a fan and speed dry. Get equipment near HVAC vents or working screened off protected fireplaces.
• Wash your clothing regularly with a premium detergent.
• Use products that are specifically designed to remove odor.
• Use products that are designed to protect from odor after use.