How to refresh clothes without washing: simple and quick ways

The sun, frost and certain substances can freshen things up just as well as washing

Clothes, especially those that come into direct contact with the body, quickly start to smell unpleasant. But washing clothes after each wearing is an excessive consumption of electricity and water, and a way to quickly damage the fabric. That's why it's important to know how to freshen clothes without washing them.

According to 5 Minutes Crafts, some of these methods involve full or partial soaking, but some are quite quick and do without water entirely. Choose the most convenient one for yourself. But don't forget to check the labels with care tips for each specific item so that you don't accidentally damage it.

Soak your clothes in a baking soda solution

If you have time for drying and don't want to do a full wash, ordinary baking soda will help you get rid of the smell. Dissolve 2 cups in a bowl of warm water and leave the clothes in this solution for several hours, for example, overnight, then rinse and dry them. Soak white and coloured clothes separately. This method can also be used to treat items with a particularly strong odour before washing them normally.

Try vinegar, hydrogen peroxide or isopropyl alcohol

Each of these disinfectants works well on odour stains when sprayed onto the odourous area of the garment. Spray liberally on the source of the problem and let the wet spot dry naturally. If it does not work completely, you can repeat the procedure.

Separately, distilled white vinegar can be added to the normal wash cycle to freshen up the smell of particularly soiled items. Add it to the fabric softener compartment. Do not pour the substance directly into the drum of the machine on the clothes to avoid damaging the fabrics.

Ventilate your clothes

If your clothes don't smell too bad, simply airing them outdoors will help. It is better to do this on a sunny day, as ultraviolet light kills the bacteria that cause the smell. At home, it is better to hang clothes for airing closer to an open window.

Take coffee grounds

Coffee grounds are a good way to remove unpleasant odours. But you shouldn't sprinkle it directly on things, as it can leave stubborn stains. Pour the grounds into a bowl and place the item you want to freshen on top of it. Leave it there overnight.

Use a newspaper

Newspaper not only absorbs excess moisture, but can also get rid of unpleasant odours. Take a sheet of paper, roll it into a ball and place it on the area you want to freshen. Leave it there overnight. This method also works with shoes.

Put your clothes in the freezer

This method is especially effective for jeans that cannot be washed too often. The point is that frost kills bacteria as effectively as ultraviolet light. Put the things you need to freshen up in a plastic bag and put them in the freezer for a few hours.

Earlier, OBOZREVATEL talked about the mistakes that almost everyone makes when doing laundry.

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