How to Get Perfume Smell Out of Clothes

When perfume gets within clothing it is usually intentional.  However, when the residual smell of the perfume remains within the fiber, it can easily become an inconvenient scent to be trapped within one’s clothing.


There remain several things that one can do to remove the musk of perfume to return one’s garments to normal.  By putting some of the below suggestions to use, you can effective reduce the detection of perfume from any item of clothing.


Smell Removal Solutions


1 Hot Water

Before you start the wash cycle to start rinse away the effect of perfume scent from your clothing, check the tags and set the washing machine on the highest allowable heat setting that the clothing will allow.  Hot water will have the effect of expanding and opening the stitching to allow additional clothing detergent to get in and deodorize the threads.


2 Wash Again

Often, washing clothing just one time within a wash cycle will not be enough to remove the residue scent of the perfume.  If you find this to be the case, try washing the garment an additional time, as this will often be enough to diffuse the odor to a freshened state.


3 Baking Soda

This household powder has great absorption powers and can give a boost to any wash cycle. Before starting a normal detergent wash, measure a cup of baking soda and pour within the washer.  Place the the warm wash on, and enjoy the benefits of this absorbent ingredient in combination with normal clothing detergent.


4 White Vinegar

As a natural household acid, white vinegar is very effective at eliminating the scent perfume within clothing.  Simply measure a full cup of vinegar and add within a normal warm detergent wash to experience the benefits of this solution.  In addition to deodorizing the clothing garment, it can be helpful in lifting any existing stains within the outfits.


Smell Product Solutions


1 Febreze Laundry Detergent

This product is made especially for deodorizing clothing within a wash cycle, and can be highly effective with clothing containing a perfume scent within it’s fiber.  While this product can be hard to locate, it is highly praised for it’s effectiveness in removing unwanted scents within clothing.  Measure a normal scoop of this product and add within the normal detergent wash for full benefits.


2 Oxiclean

This solution is nearly as effective on difficult perfume scents as it is on removing stains.  Fill a large bowl with water and add in one scoop of Oxiclean.  Soak clothing within this product solution for two hours before removing the clothing to place within a a normal warm detergent wash.  Alternatively, a scoop of this product can also add a deodorizing boost by adding it within a detergent wash.


Deodorizing Drying Solutions


1 Hang Dry

Though this method may leave clothing feeling stiff to the touch, it is by far the most effective deodorizing method for drying clothes. The open space, fresh air and direct ultraviolet rays all work to neutralize scents and lift perfume aromas of the clothing.  To perform this, simply hang the clothing on a clothes line and remove them once they have dried.


2 Fabric Softener

As an alternative to hang drying the clothing, using scented fabric softeners within the dryer can help to deodorize the outfits.  After placing the clothes within the dryer, add 2-4 fabric softener sheets to give the clothing one final boost from the lingering perfume scent.


Joe Fresh


Joe is an odor combatant, chemistry extraordinaire and all around good guy. He has an over-productive olfactory system with absolutely zero tolerance for unpleasant aromas.

4 responses to How to Get Perfume Smell Out of Clothes

  1. add full fat milk to a tub of laundry and let it soak over night. Then wash with unscented laundry soap a couple of times. Hanging out on a clothesline helps finish the process.I have never had the milk stain or damage any of my clothes,( if you spill milk on fabric it just washes out) GOOD LUCK

  2. How to get perfume out of clothes:
    Use borax (20 Mule Team) as a prewash. It is the best i have found… soak about 5 minutes, then wash. Smell is gone. I have tried vinegar and repeated washings – even contractor’s solvent (orange oil) out of desperation and they didn’t work with the “new chemical-derived” scents, but borax has been golden for me.

    Spare the air.

  3. Designer Perfume October 18, 2011 at 11:04 am

    If you are using light perfume always then you never suffering this type of problem . Miss Dior makes different types scent of perfume like strong, light etc…

  4. Why would you go to the trouble of descenting something only to install MORE scent with dryer sheets?

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