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Removing Body Odor From Clothing

I have some great t-shirts that have over the years picked up sour arm pit smell. Washing the shirts doesn't seem to get rid of it. Well, it smells okay at first, but at the first body warmth from me, the sour smell is re-activated! Any advice?

Beth from Harrisburg, PA


Removing Body Odor From Clothing

Try putting a cup of white vinegar in the last rinse. (08/26/2008)

By patsand31

Removing Body Odor From Clothing

I'd wash them in vinegar (instead of the regular detergent) in hot water and rinse in hot and not use fabric softener. As you can see from this and previous posts, vinegar ranks high on our preferred odor removers. It worked for my towels that smelled good coming from the dryer but got funky smelling when damp from shower time. (08/26/2008)

By Glenn'sMom

Removing Body Odor From Clothing

Are they part polyester? If so, I'd toss them and only buy
100 percent cotton hereafter. If cotton, should be able to throw baking soda in wash. Then wash again with plain white vinegar and hot water, maybe a cup or two to load. Wash a 3rd time in a little borax or try borax and baking soda together. Borax is at Walmart for about 2.68 per box. Best price and borax is great in laundry. Polyester isn't meant for humans for many reasons I am convinced. Odor, stains, and holding in heat are 3 reasons. (08/26/2008)


Removing Body Odor From Clothing

Obviously white vinegar and bleach. But another option is to add a cup of lemon juice to hot water and soak before washing normally with detergent, bleach and fabric softener. Then place in dryer with dryer sheets. (08/26/2008)

By jediwa72

Removing Body Odor From Clothing

I have the same problem but only with my hubby's shirts. After trying many of the other less expensive remedies I had to break down and just buy some bleach for colors and add a cupful to the wash with his shirts in it. This seems to work well. Good Luck! (08/26/2008)

By Toolgirl

Removing Body Odor From Clothing

To prevent it from happening to future T-shirts, make sure to launder them well before drying them. Once any stain (including underarm stains) gets set in, it's hard to remove them.


Please don't take offense, but perhaps your current deodorant doesn't work as well as another brand might. Different people's body chemistries work differently with various products (shampoo, deodorant, etc.). If regular products don't work for you, discuss the problem with your doctor. Sweating problems can be a symptom of some ailments.

Good luck! (08/26/2008)

By WildIrish

Removing Body Odor From Clothing

I read where a capful of ammonia in the wash helps. It breaks down proteins. I've tried it, and it seemed to work! (08/28/2008)

By Karen

Removing Body Odor From Clothing

I buy generic white vinegar in large amounts if on sale and also generic baking soda.

I would suggest 1 cap of white vinegar and 1/2 to 1 cup of baking soda.
Then let the clothes agitate and stop the machine letting it soak, the longer the soak the better. I sometimes let soak all day or all night then
run the machine again. (08/30/2008)

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