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How to Remove Perspiration Odor from Clothes

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By Cathy

My Laundry Question

My daughter has a problem with the underarms of her clothes smelling. There are no stains just odor. Do you have any suggestions? She winds up throwing her clothes out because we haven't figured out a solution to this and that gets expensive because her clothes still look great.

Share a Little Background Info

There is no stain just an offensive odor. It has to do with her perspiring. She has tried scrubbing the underarms with different solutions but it becomes very time consumimg and hasn't had great results.

Lessons Learned

  • I don't know the different solutions she's used I know its been a number of different things.

Fabric Content of Item (if appropriate)

It hasn't mattered what the fabric content has been. The result has been the same.

Mary Marlowe Leverette, About.com Laundry & Laundry Rooms, says:

Perspiration odor can be difficult to remove once it has permeated fabric fibers. Much of the cause of the odor is the waxy residue left by deodorants and anti-perspirants, the bacteria that causes odor is held in the clothing by the products. This must be removed for the odor to dissipate. It may be time-consuming but it is better than discarding clothes. Here's how to treat current garments that have an odor problem.

For new garments, they should be washed promptly or at least submerged in a baking soda/water or distilled white vinegar/water solution until laundry day. That will help absorb the odor and loosen the bacteria before washing.

Good luck!

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