How to Get the Armpits of Clothes to Smell Fresh in the Laundry


After washing your clothes, it is only natural to want them to smell as clean and fresh as possible. It can be frustrating when areas such as the armpits don't seem to have relinquished their prewashing smell. The sweat in the armpit is often infused with bacteria which then transfer to clothes and cause an odor that is difficult to remove with regular washing. The solution is simple, although it does involve an extra step in laundering. The effect will be well worth the effort.

Things You'll Need

  • Baking soda
  • Mix a thin paste of two parts baking soda and one part water (depending on how much laundry you need to treat.)

  • Spread the mixture generously over the armpit area you wish to treat. Allow it to sit for five to 10 minutes. Do not rinse it out.

  • Launder the shirt as usual in the hottest water allowed for the material.

  • Dry as usual and re-treat as needed.

Tips & Warnings

  • An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Wear a good quality deodorant to minimize the need for special laundering options.

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