How-to Guide on Removing Smell from Clothes

How to remove smell from clothes

Removing odours from clothes may seem to be a challenge, since odours come in all varieties, ranging from stinky or funky to sour mildew odours, and they’re all due to different causes. They can be triggered by sweat, heat or even closed spaces. Read on to find out what causes odours and how Tide can help you remove these smells from your clothes.

What causes odours and why is it so difficult to remove smell from clothes?

Odours appear for different reasons. They are often triggered by sweat or closed spaces, and when it comes to removing them, fabric type also plays a key role. It’s perhaps most difficult to remove odours from synthetic materials, and nowadays major part of load is made up of synthetic fibres or blends containing them.

Cooler cycles

Although washing in cold water by hand, or on cooler cycles in washing machines is definitely the environmentally conscious choice, it doesn’t make odour removal from clothing any easier, since soiling and residues tend to harden in cold water.

Infrequent laundry loads

Modern machines usually have a larger load capacity than older machines, which results in more infrequent laundry loads and less energy to run periodic cycles. Also, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, people go out less and also less frequently, causing laundry to be even less systematic. As more dirty clothes sit around in your laundry basket for a longer time waiting to be washed, odours tend to set into the fabrics more easily. Using cheap detergent can also make odour problems worse.

4 steps on how to remove smell from clothes

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    Step 1: Dose

    Use Tide Double Power for the best result, and make sure to apply the necessary amount.

    Soak in baking soda
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    Step 2: Load

    Put your smelly garments into the bucket or sink you use for handwash, or load them into the washing machine, and make sure you still have room between the top of the drum and your clothes so they can tumble freely.

    Add detergent
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    Step 3: Wash

    Wash on the highest temperature allowed by the fabric care label.

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    Step 4: Dry

    When the cycle is complete, unload the garments immediately. Don’t let them sit in the machine, as it can lead to smelly clothes again. If the smell persists after washing, repeat the previous steps. If it’s gone, hang your clothes out to dry.


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