The toughest thing in doing laundry is washing heavily soiled and stinky clothes. Getting rid of pungent odors is rather challenging especially if you’re dealing with intense body odor and gym socks, spit-up soiled baby clothes, and cloth diapers. Just as you thought you have rid of the stain, the odor remains and clings on your family’s clothing.
Some smells are just too strong to be removed within a regular number of cycles. On the bright side, you can still remove these stubborn odors with the help of several common household items.
The best way to remove odors is to wash these clothes in hot water immediately. Smell is an indication of bacteria. Washing in high temperatures would kill these germs and eventually rid of the odor. For mild to moderate smells, simply run regular wash cycle with hot water. For intense odors, soak the clothes first for more than 10 minutes. After soaking, you could proceed with your regular wash routine. If you’re dealing with a stain, pre-treat the fabric with a stain remover or liquid detergent. Then, wash them in hot temperature.
But if you have to delay washing your laundry due to earlier set priorities, you could simply add baking soda to the detergent. Baking soda is an amazing aid in washing clothes to neutralize the odor. Simply add ¼ cup into your regular wash load. For seriously foul odor, create a baking soda paste (2 parts baking soda to 1 part water) and apply it to the smelly areas of the clothing. After application, proceed with the regular wash routine.
Vinegar solution always works effectively in getting rid of stains and odors such as perspiration, smoke, mold and others. I recommend using distilled white vinegar. White vinegar is an economical solution for getting rid of nonhuman smells including mold and sour smells. Add ½ cup of vinegar in the rinse cycle. However, do not add vinegar if you have already added chlorine bleach. This can cause intoxicating fumes, which may cause serious health risks especially to your baby.
After wash, load the clothes into the dryer for a half hour on normal heat. Finish drying them outside, or any sunny place to help get rid of any leftover smells and also neutralize any vinegar smells left from the rinse treatment. If you do not have an outside rack or the weather is bad, finish drying in the dryer with a scented dryer sheet.