How to get rid of the smell of sweat from clothes? 7 useful tips!

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You put dirty clothes in the washing machine, so they’re all nice and fresh and clean again. Usually this happens too, but sometimes you find yourself just getting washed clothes still smells of old sweat. Bah! How to get rid of the bad smell? You really don’t need to throw away your clothes right away. With these 7 handy tips, you can easily remove the smell of sweat from your clothes!

How does the smell of sweat form on clothes?

Fresh sweat generally doesn’t smell too strong. That dirty sweat smell is caused by lactic acid bacteria which you will only smell after sweating. In other words: the longer you leave your dirty clothes in the laundry basket, the dirtier they will smell. If you regularly leave smelly clothes in the laundry basket, it may happen that after a few times you can still smell the pungent smell of sweat, even after washing!

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How to get rid of the smell of sweat from clothes?

Sometimes it’s not possible to wash smelly clothes as quickly as possible. Your clothes will continue to smell like sweat, even after several washes. Don’t panic, because with these 7 practical tips you can easily remove the smell of sweat from your clothes!

#1 Soda fights the smell of sweat on clothes

Baking soda is great for removing bad smells from your clothes! Use regular soda crystals instead of baking soda if you want to get rid of that pesky sweat odor. Take a bucket and put a large spoonful of baking soda in it. Mix baking soda with water until you have a cloudy mixture. Take your smelly clothes and apply the mixture to your armpits. It’s best to let it soak for a while, but you don’t have to. Now fill your bucket with water and let the clothes soak for at least half an hour. Then squeeze well and wash as usual. You will notice that your clothes no longer smell of sweat.

#2 Vinegar fights the smell of sweat on clothes

Vinegar is the best thing! Not only because you can use it as a natural fabric softener, but also because it can fight bad odors. Soak your smelly clothes overnight in a bucket of water with a little vinegar. In the morning, squeeze and wash as usual. See you later sweat smell!

Note: don’t use baking soda and vinegar on the same garment. These items counter each other’s good qualities.

#3 Dettol fights the smell of sweat on clothes

You probably know Dettol. Disinfectants have been used for more than 80 years to disinfect hands, but are also excellent for freshening stinky clothes. You can use Dettol in a number of ways to remove sweat odor from your clothes.

  • Fill a bucket with 1/3 part Dettol and 2/3 part water. Let your smelly clothes soak for at least an hour, then wash them in the washing machine as usual.
  • Are you a fan of wax balls? Fill your wax ball with a small layer of Dettol and the rest with water. Stop with the clothes you’re about to wash and tadaa! The smell of sweat is a thing of the past.
  • Take a plant sprayer and fill it with 1/3 part Dettol and 2/3 part water. Spray the mixture on your smelly armpits and leave it overnight. The next morning you can wash your clothes as usual.

#4 Wear workout clothes when you work out

Maybe the door is open, but it’s best to wear workout clothes instead of a regular shirt when working out. Sportswear is specifically designed to reduce sweat odor, unlike regular shirts. Those bad odors get rid of workout clothes much more easily, even if you don’t put them in the washing machine immediately after a workout.

#5 Put your clothes in the freezer

Your freezer does a great job of removing those nasty sweat odors from your clothes! The freezing cold kills the bacteria present in sweat and causes bad odors. Place your stink in a plastic bag and freeze overnight. The next morning you let your clothes ‘defrost’ on the hanger for about half an hour and voilathe smell of sweat was nowhere to be found!

#6 Steam your clothes

Don’t you like cold? Then try heating it if you want to get rid of the bad smell of sweat from your clothes! Wash your clothes as usual. If your smelly clothes are still a little damp, you can iron them with a steam iron. Don’t want to iron or don’t have a steam iron? Hang your sweat clothes in the bathroom while you take an extensive hot shower.

#7 Don’t use fabric softener.

Sounds a little contradictory, but fabric softener doesn’t actually make your clothes any cleaner. The floral smell seems pleasant, but your clothes will likely start to stink. It’s better not to use fabric softener for sportswear, but it’s also better to just use laundry detergent for your everyday clothes, maybe combined with a bit of vinegar!

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