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.
- White vinegar. Half a cup or so in place of detergent.
- Charcoal tablets. They can be popped inside socks and used to neutralize odors.
- Milton. Found in the baby aisles of supermarkets and shops.
- Bicarbonate soda.
- Eucalyptus oil, lavender or tea tree oils
- Borax. A naturally occurring mineral substance that can be used as a multipurpose cleaner, stain remover and deodoriser
- Amonia. Be cautious though, you can read more in this article.
- Nilodor Deodorizer Concentrate. More info on it here with reviews.
- Vodka! It can be the cheap option lightly misted via a spray bottle and hung outside.
- 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.
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