How to Get Hand Washed Clothes Smelling Better

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Make hand washed clothes smell better by hanging them outside to dry.
Make hand washed clothes smell better by hanging them outside to dry. (Image: Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

Hand washing clothes is an effective way to save energy and is also necessary for some garments. While this method does get the clothes clean, it doesn't always remove as much soil as machine washing. This may result in an unpleasant odor that remains even after the clothes dry. There are things you can do to ensure that all odor-causing soil is completely eliminated. This makes clothes not only feel crisp and clean, but also makes them smell as fresh as those washed in the machine.

Things You'll Need

  • Baking soda
  • Clothesline
  • Clothes pins

Hang dirty clothes up to dry if you can't wash them right away, as piling them up in the hamper allows germs to flourish and leads to an unpleasant odor.

Fill the sink with warm water. Pour in 1 cup of baking soda and add the soiled clothing. Allow the pieces to soak for 15 to 30 minutes before hand washing.

Use the warmest water possible when hand washing laundry because hot water eliminates germs more effectively.

Hand wash the clothes twice if they are extremely soiled.

Rinse the clothes until the water runs clear to ensure that all dirt and detergent is removed.

Hang the clothes on an outdoor clothesline to dry because this helps kill germs and leaves behind a naturally fresh scent.

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