How to clean down jacket from bad odor without washing and chemicals

Yulia PoteriankoLife
Down jackets do not need to be washed to get rid of odors

Winter clothing, like any other bulky textile item, has one unpleasant property - it absorbs odors strongly. And one day, when you take your down jacket out of the closet, you may notice that it smells unpleasant. It could be sweat or something else.

It's not a good idea to wash it every time your down jacket starts to smell bad. This can significantly reduce its service life. And it's also expensive to send it to a dry cleaner for the slightest reason. The experts at Cleaning Tuts have put together some tips on how to deal with odors with less drastic measures.

If you don't want to use water and soap on your down jacket at all, there are several life hacks to get rid of the odor with the help of improvised means.

Baking soda

Sodium bicarbonate, also known as baking soda, is a great absorber of odors. So just pour a tablespoon of it into a paper bag and put it in your pocket. After a while, the odor will disappear. Also, if a specific spot on your down jacket smells bad, sprinkle baking soda on it and shake off the powder after a while.

White vinegar

Pour ordinary white vinegar into a spray bottle and spray it all over the inside of the down jacket. After a few hours, shake the thing out thoroughly - the smell should disappear. But whenever you treat a down jacket with any spray, you should always test the product on a small, inconspicuous area of the fabric to see if it will harm it.

Lemon juice

You can treat the item with lemon juice in the same way.

Fabric fresheners

If homemade remedies don't seem effective enough, you can use special fabric fresheners. They also treat the inside of things, and after a few hours, shake out the residue.

Fresh air

If the smell of a down jacket is not too strong, a simple airing can help. Hang the item outside - in a few hours, ultraviolet rays and fresh air will do the trick.


If you have a steamer, you know exactly how effective it is in eliminating unwanted odors. Hold the steam source close to the inside of the down jacket for a few minutes. The odor should disappear.

Earlier, OBOZREVATEL told you how to wash a down jacket at home in a machine and by hand.

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