How to Get Smell Out of Wool

This natural fiber is used across a wide range of textiles and has many smell resistant qualities.  Unfortunately, when it comes in contact with odorous residues, it has been known to develop an unwelcome stench. 



Wool Smell Removal Tips

1 Charcoal Briquettes

This is effective for old blankets and rugs which cannot be washed.  First, you must locate an old pair of nylon leggings that you do not mind sacrificing.  After finding the leggings, fill them with 5-10 briquettes and tie the ends to enclose the briquettes. Next, completely wrap the wool textile around the nylon enclosed briquettes. Finish by placing these contents inside an enclosed trash bag and provide 5-7 days for the odors to be completely absorbed.


2 Sunshine

Take the article of wool outside and pin it up to a clothesline in direct sunlight.  Mold spores thrive off dark wet environments, so make sure that the location that you have selected receives plenty of UV rays and is clear of any sources of moisture. If any odor exists after the first day, you may need to hang it within direct sunlight for second or third day until completely deodorized.


3 White Vinegar

Fill your bathtub with six inches of water and proceed to pour a half gallon of vinegar within the tub.  Submerge your woolen textile in the tub and work this household acid water into the fiber.  Allow it to soak inside tub for an hour before removing the wool textile to naturally air dry outside.


4 Salt

Salt is a natural substance that works well in killing mildew.  Before applying the salt, spray lemon juice over the source of the odor until the wool fiber becomes sufficiently moist. Finish by sprinkling liberal amounts of salt on the affected area and rubbing it into the wool.


5 Kitty Litter

Cat litter is made up of odor reducing granules that work wonders in absorbing and removing difficult odors.  Simply sprinkle the kitty litter over smelly wool textile to ensure that it is completely covered. Allow the absorbent granules to have a deodorizing effect overnight.  In the morning, take the wool textile outside to shake the cat litter off from the woolen textile.


6 Tea Tree Oil

Mix two teaspoons of tea tree oil with 6 ounces of water and pour inside a spray bottle.  Hang woolen item outside and spray it down until it becomes sufficiently moist.  The smell of the tea tree oil can be quite strong, however it will go away as soon as the wool drys.


7 Borax & Baking Soda

Mix Borax and baking soda in equal amounts.  Sprinkle the mixture on the wool textiles and allow the deodorizing homemade compound sit over night.  Finish by vacuuming the borax and baking soda particles out of the freshened fabric in the morning.