Removing Strong Body Odor from Clothing?

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What is the best way to remove a strong body odor smell from a black wool sweater? Is it safe to use ammonia? Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thank you.


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January 11, 20121 found this helpful
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Can it be washed in the washing machine on a gentle cycle? Some newer machines also have a hand-wash cycle. Ours does and I use it for machine wool sweaters all the time, adding a cup of vinegar to subdue those tough odors:)

Check the label on the sweater to see what the washing instructions are. A lot of the wool clothing can be machine washed now on gentle or the hand-wash cycle. The label should also tell you the highest water temperature the wool can stand without becoming felted. If the label is missing, try washing the sweater in cold water by hand in the sink or a basin.


Use a good quality detergent labeled for wool, then add a cup of straight vinegar to the rinse water. You may need to rinse it several times with the vinegar added to clear the odor the first time, then whenever you wash it again, remember to add at least a half cup to keep it fresh and really clean.

Nice thing about vinegar is that it disinfects, eliminates odors, and moves the detergent out of the fabric during the rinse, I always add at least a half cup to my laundry load.

February 20, 20180 found this helpful

Hair spray works on stains. Spray the garment. Let sit over night then launder as usual.


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January 11, 20120 found this helpful

Ammonia will take out the color, just like bleach. I would wash with something like Woolite, or dry clean.

January 16, 20120 found this helpful

White vinegar! I would add about 1/2 cup to your rinse cycle omitting your fabric softer. It really works great at removing odors.


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