How to Eliminate Laundry Odor Naturally

Last Updated on December 2, 2022 by Ellen Christian

Do you need to eliminate laundry odor? If you have children in sports or a husband who has an active job, I’m sure you can identify with this laundry problem. I remember when I picked my son up from track practice, I literally wanted to ask him to run beside the car to get home.  He reeked!  As it is, I lowered all of the windows until I get home.   Even though he tossed his sports gear in his gym bag, the smell was still quite noticeable.

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How to Eliminate Laundry Odor Naturally and Effectively

Eliminate Laundry Odor

Once we got home, I quickly removed his track clothes from his gym bag and tossed them in the washing machine.  Unfortunately, the odor lingered on in his gym bag and those aren’t easy to clean in the washer. I ended up leaving it on the front steps for several hours to air it out.  Track practice was bad enough but when it was football season, I had to wash his uniforms twice sometimes to get the odor out!

Of course, there are a lot of products on the market that disguise laundry odors. You can add fragrance to your laundry so it smells like flowers, perfume, fresh air or dozens of other scents. That may eliminate laundry odor for a bit, but unless you remove the source of the problem, you’ll be dealing with the problem again soon. Here are a few tips that work to remove the problem naturally.

a bottle of white vinegar

White Vinegar

This is an old housewive’s remedy that really does work. Just add a half to a full cup of vinegar to your laundry to keep odors away. Now, your laundry won’t smell like vinegar. As the clothes dry, the vinegar scent will evaporate and disappear completely. You can dry the clothes in the dryer or you can hang them on the line to dry. For very stubborn smells, soak the item in a sink full of water with one cup of vinegar added.

a box of baking soda on the counter

Baking Soda

Baking soda is another remedy that works to remove odor from clothes. You can follow the same procedure above but replace the vinegar with baking soda. But, you can also fill up a bucket with water and add a cup of baking soda to it to soak clothes that have persistent body odor problems. You may need to run your laundry through a second rinse to remove all of the residues from the baking powder.

How to Eliminate Laundry Odor Naturally and Effectively

Launder Promptly

Never leave your work clothes in your gym bag or hamper overnight. For the best results, remove them promptly, turn them inside out, and wash them immediately. Stains and odors will be more difficult to remove if they sit there for a long period of time. The sweat, oils, and bacteria reach the inside of the clothing first, so turning them inside out allows the water and detergent better access to remove odors.

How to Eliminate Laundry Odor Naturally and Effectively

Hang Outside

Hanging your clothes outside on the line will let the fresh air remove odors from your clothes. Just launder them using one of the above methods and instead of tossing them in the dryer, hang them on the line, balcony or porch to dry. While this won’t work in rainy, humid weather, a bright sunny day with a gentle breeze is perfect for hanging laundry.

Odor Eliminating Products

If you’re trying to figure out how to get strong odors out of clothes, you may need to use a laundry product that is made to break down enzymes. These products will specifically work to destroy the bacteria that are causing the odor. This product is a natural alternative that is plant based and safe around children and pets that will eliminate laundry odor.

Now that you know how to remove bad odor from clothes, it’s time to organize your laundry room.

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8 thoughts on “How to Eliminate Laundry Odor Naturally”

  1. Oh these are such great tips for us! I have this problem with my sons sports clothing! Oh I am going to try the vinegar and baking soda tips! See which one works better for us! Thanks for all the great tips!
  2. I think we really make errors when we use so many chemicals and we don't have to. Lots of people have allergies from laundry products, thanks for featuring the natural substitutes. And you are right - hanging clothes up outside makes them smell divine.
  3. I will try the white vinegar tip. I like the smell of vinegar so don't mind working with it. I need to try the baking soda on a floor rug I use every day around my exercise area. It would help freshen it up between cleanings. It's a runner that I don't put in the machine but can use my little green machine on. I do yoga on it and don't always put down a towel but should I guess. I love natural alternatives and the price is always right too!

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