Ten Tips to Rid Stubborn Op Shop Smells

Ten Tips to Rid Stubborn Op Shop Smells

Op shop smells!  A common question that comes up in the I Love To Op Shop Facebook group is about how to remove unwanted smells from secondhand clothes.

Lots of clothing is thankfully donated in good clean condition or is washed where possible by stores before being placed in-store but mistakes can happen and here is a few tips to help with those stubborn odours.

These are some of the suggestions offered.

  1. White vinegar.  Half a cup or so in place of detergent.
  2. Charcoal tablets.  They can be popped inside socks and used to neutralize odors.
  3. Milton.  Found in the baby aisles of supermarkets and shops.
  4. Bicarbonate soda.
  5. Eucalyptus oil, lavender or tea tree oils
  6. Borax.  A naturally occurring mineral substance that can be used as a multipurpose cleaner, stain remover and deodoriser
  7. Amonia.  Be cautious though, you can read more in this article.
  8.  Nilodor Deodorizer Concentrate. More info on it here with reviews.
  9. Vodka! It can be the cheap option lightly misted via a spray bottle and hung outside.
  10. Sunshine and fresh air.  This is certainly the most consistent answer!  Just be careful if leaving woolen items in direct sunshine too long in case it yellows them.

If machine washing also wash on a cold or low temperature and avoid using a drier if possible.

Please make sure you follow any recommended guidelines and be especially cautious with delicate fabrics.

It was also advised not to try repeated washing with fabric softeners as this can in fact can trap smells in.

I’d love to know if any of these have worked for you or if you have more to add to help our eco shoppers out.

If you’d like to become an author on I Love To Op Shop please drop me a message.


Salvos Stores Epsom Coming Soon!

Salvos Stores Epsom Coming Soon!

Salvos Stores Epsom adds another op shop to the Bendigo op shop circuit.

If you feel like volunteering a few hours I’m sure they’ll be on the hunt for a few friendly helpers.

It sounds like it is opening next door to Aldi which is at 182/192 Midland Hwy, Epsom VIC 3551.

There should be plenty of parking then!

Salvos Stores Epsom

I’m guessing like most Salvos Store’s they will be open 6 days a week but I’ll add more info to the map once I know.

Don’t forget to also check which colour is being discounted to half price each week.  On Tuesdays Salvos Stores also offer 20{98a7930dbfa0453ecfead81e34b5fce2118c3d8c61f5bd429d1ed5d8af0092e7} off for pensioners and on Wednesday it’s 20{98a7930dbfa0453ecfead81e34b5fce2118c3d8c61f5bd429d1ed5d8af0092e7} off for students.

You can find out where more Salvos Stores are via their website here.

If you know of any op shops opening, closing or moving please drop me a message.

I’d also love some contributors if writing or photography is your creative outlet.

Pin It on Pinterest