There’s nothing worse than walking out on a bright and sunny day smelling like you spent the week in the marshlands of the Amazon. But if mildew finds its way into your clothes, there is a good possibility that you may end up smelling just like that.
To make matters worse, the smell can linger for months no matter what you try.
You may give it a hot wash, dry clean it or even use a fragrant detergent and still discover that it reeks of mildew.
Today, we have a bunch of simple techniques that will help you get rid of that musty odor in less than a day. And unlike some of the temporary fixes that we spoke about earlier, this one will most likely get rid of the smell forever.
The Source of the odor
To get rid of the smell, you must first find out where it is originating from. One of the commonest sources is the washing machine itself. The constant exposure to water makes the machine prone to mold growth.
Thankfully, a simple wash cycle (without the clothes) with some vinegar and percarbonate solution should help you get rid of any mildew in the machine.
If the machine is not the cause, then mold or mildew may be lurking in your closet. Open the closet and play sniffer. If you are hit by a damp and musty smell, then you need to alter the way you store the clothes in it. Do you fold the clothes normally? Change to hanging them. Also, try and use a compact dehumidifier for the closet to get rid of the moisture.
Cleaning clothes that have the smell
What you need: Vinegar, Baking Soda (Optional)
Once you are done cleaning off the source of mildew from your home, it’s time to clean and remove the odor from any clothes that may already have it. The tools to the trick are the same. Grab all the clothes that are smelling, add them to the washer and run the cycle with your regular detergent and add a cup of vinegar to it. During the cycle, add one more cup of vinegar. Once the cycle is completed, let the clothes soak in the vinegar solution for a couple of hours at least. Some people even leave it overnight.
The next day, let the clothes air dry on a clothesline.
The other ingredient that is also a natural deodorizer is baking soda. However, we have discovered that it isn’t as effective as vinegar and if your clothes smell really bad, you will probably have to run multiple wash cycles with baking soda to get rid of the odor.
For extremely smelly clothes
What you need: Borax
If you accidentally left your damp shirt in a bag and it smells like the worse thing in the world, you need an extremely strong cleansing agent to get rid of the odor. Borax is one of the best natural deodorizers in the world. Take a cup of warm water, dissolve three tablespoons of borax in it and add it to a hot water cycle in your machine. That’s it. Your clothes should be good to go by now.