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How to get the smell of sweat out of clothes if washing does not help: expert tips

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The smell of sweat on your clothes is something that everyone experiences. Regardless of how thoroughly you observe hygiene, intense training, stressful situations, or heat can lead to this problem.

Sometimes it's very difficult to get rid of the unpleasant odor because it remains even after washing. Therefore, microbiologist Shaun Veran shared tips that can save your clothes with Martha Stewart.

In fact, sweat itself does not have an unpleasant odor as it is just moisture. The stench comes from the fact that under favorable conditions, bacteria begin to multiply, metabolizing proteins and fatty acids. All this can be transferred to your clothes.

Bacteria adhere to the fibers of fabrics, especially synthetic ones, and continue to multiply there. In addition, their waste products can penetrate even deeper, making it difficult to remove them during washing.

Baking soda

To remove stubborn odors, you can treat problem areas with baking soda before washing. This powder is a mild alkali that helps neutralize acidic odors.

First, make a paste by adding a little water to the baking soda, then apply it to the odorous areas and leave it on for 30 minutes. After that, wash your clothes as usual.

Vinegar

The acid in vinegar breaks down the bacterial residue that causes odors.

Mix one part vinegar with four parts water, put your clothes in the solution and leave them there for 30 minutes. After that, put them in the washing machine.

Special detergents

For really persistent odors, try using an enzyme-containing prewash or disinfectant laundry detergent.

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