How to freshen clothes without washing: simple and quick methods

Yulia PoteriankoLife
Sun, frost and some substances can refresh things just like washing

Clothes, especially those that are in direct contact with the body, quickly begin to smell unpleasant. However, 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, while others are quite quick and can be done without water. Choose the most convenient one for yourself. However, don't forget to check the labels with care tips for each specific item so that you don't accidentally damage it.

Soak things in a baking soda solution

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

Try vinegar, hydrogen peroxide, or isopropyl alcohol

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

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

Ventilate the clothes

If your clothes don't smell too strong, simply airing them outdoors will help. It is best to do this on a sunny day as ultraviolet light kills bacteria that cause odors. 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 odors. However, 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 odors. Take a sheet of paper, roll it into a ball, and place it on the item 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. Thus, put the things you need to freshen up in a plastic bag and put them in the freezer for a few hours.

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