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Removing Sweat Smell from Clothing?

I have read all of your suggestions and also some of your questions. But none of you said if the clothes you have the odor problem with were white or colored.

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My son loads and unloads planes for a living. Like most young men in their 20s (that live on their own) he comes home from work and throws stinky sweaty shirts in the laundry. By the time he goes to wash them the odor is impossible to remove!

Then he comes to me for an answer to remove the odor. I have suggested that he not put them in the laundry wet with sweat, but to hang them up to dry first. Even then the odor is still there, but not as bad even after washing. I thought it was the laundry soap he was using, but still I found that didn't really work to remove the odor. It just masked the odor making it so the next time he wore the t-shirt it smelled even worse once he started sweating.

His work shirts are blue and I'm worried that anything I use will cause bleaching or fading. That would be my worst nightmare knowing he only gets 3 to 4 t-shirts a month. So what is the best thing anyone has found to take the odor out and not fade colored clothing?

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Thank you.

By Wendy W. from FL

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October 5, 20130 found this helpful
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I use white vinegar for cleaning most everything. Odors go away with white vinegar. I keep some full strength in a spray bottle all the time. Just spray some on all the stinky places and let them set awhile. I always add about 1/2 to 3/4 cup to every laundry load EXCEPT when using bleach. I also use white vinegar instead of fabric softener in the dispenser. All clothes come out soft. The vinegar smell does go away in a bit and sure smells better than stinky smells.

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Try Borateem (Borax) My target odor is cat pee, but it works wonders. I use 1/3 cup in the wash cycle for a front loader. I also use vinegar in the rinse cycle. It will not fade colored clothes.

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October 4, 20130 found this helpful

When working for a healthcare company, and doing clients laundry, I always used white vinegar to get rid of any odors. It worked. I also used laundry soap and a fabric softener but the vinegar went into the wash with the soap, softener at the 2nd rinse cycle.

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October 5, 20130 found this helpful

I also use white vinegar in my wash but I use it both in the wash and in the rinse cycle. It softens clothes as well as leaving them nice and fresh.

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I still use a softener sheet in the dryer. I found this out when my puppy was urinating all over my clothes before I got him stopped.

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