Foul Smelling Clothes

I have some foul smelling clothes. I tried vinegar, fabreeze, lestoil, baking soda the works. I have to wash my clothes 2 times a week and the smell is still there. Any ideas.

Deborah from NYC

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May 16, 20060 found this helpful

Deborah

Could it be that your clothes are picking up the smells from your washing machine?

Try another washing machine to check this out. If it is the machine at fault then try cleaning out the filters.

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May 16, 20060 found this helpful

I have tried a few other washing machines and the smell is still there

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May 16, 20060 found this helpful

go to www.moldzyme.com, their Moldzyme or Airzyme product will eliminate any organic odor and leave the clothes smelling fresh and clean.

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May 16, 20060 found this helpful

Have you tried borax? I always have had excellent results with it. It is a great deodorizer.

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May 16, 20060 found this helpful

First, find out the source of the odor and try to eliminate that. Unless it's the water itself- high iron content? Try presoaking and prewashing, in Gain Detergent with bleach- then a regular wash, and two rinse cycles, using extra liquid fabric softener on the last rinse. Better yet, (IF you can hang clothes in fresh air to dry) is to rinse with a cup of white Vinigar added to rinse cycle. Seeing as how you live in NYC, I'm wondering if the odor is from environmental industrial air pollution, especially if you live near or work in an industrial park area?

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May 16, 20060 found this helpful

I always use a little Pinesol in my wash water. You don't smell it on your clothes when dry but they smell fresh & clean. My towels always smelled mildewy until I started doing this.

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January 8, 20080 found this helpful

This is to Karen P. How much Pinesol do you put in the wash? I have the same problem with my towels.

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January 8, 20080 found this helpful

have you tried air drying them??

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April 8, 20080 found this helpful

I put two or three drops of perfume on my favorite hoodie before I put the load in the dryer. The smell stays and it smells wonderful.

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September 7, 20090 found this helpful

I use a cup of ammonia in the wash. This was used years ago by my grandmother to freshed blankets that had been stored away. My husband's work shirts smelled awful & this gets them fresh. Hope this helps.

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October 21, 20150 found this helpful

Actually, after further experimentation the colloidal silver doesn't appear to be a viable option. It does some disinfecting, but not good in comparison to ozone.

You can buy a moderately priced ozone generator from as little as $50-250. Wash clothes as normal, run through dryer (as normal), then use ozone generator on dried clothes.

The ones with a hose and tube stone for inserting into air tight container will allow you to put your clothes (from dryer) in a trash bag or plastic tub, insert the ozone tube, tie up the bag (so ozone doesn't escape), then run the generator for a disinfecting cycle (usually 30 mins).

Ozone kills the fungus and mildew (that survived the washing process by oxidizing "burning" them away). Ozone is 3,000 times the power of chlorine (bleach). This is useful, because "color" garments would otherwise fade with liquid bleach. Ozone uses simply O3 (extra oxygen molecule) and won't fade (as long as you apply to dry clothes).

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