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how to get rid of smell on clothing help?

so ever since we moved into our new house i noticed some of our clothing and blankets get this really nastey smell. you the smell that some really old people get? its really bad. and i noticed that some clostes and nunder sinks smell like this. how do i get rid of it? it is really gross. after i wash the clothes and blankets they smell like laundry soap, but later when going to use them they have that really gross smell on them. i scrubbed all the dressers inside out, i scrubbed all the closets inside out and i can not get rid of it. please help

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Asked by Anonymous at 9:26 AM on Dec. 1, 2009 in Home & Garden

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  • Try baking soda, put a couple boxes in the places you notice the smells and you can even wash your clothes with it. It should work really well for you.

    Answer by kitten_shuga at 9:29 AM on Dec. 1, 2009

  • Get an enzyme cleaner. Nature's Miracle is a pet odor remover. It will remove mold and odors from a bunch of things. You can dilute it with water and spray it around like you would an air freshener. Use COLD water when you clean with it. Hot water destroys the enzymes. Do not mix it with anything else. Any other soap or bleach will destroy the enzymes.

    Answer by ecodani at 9:29 AM on Dec. 1, 2009

  • i thought of bleach but the bleach smell is to strong. unless they make a bleach with no thank you. i thought of trying baking soda everywhere but didnt know if it would work on this smell. what should i put in the dressers? the dressers dont smell but the clothing will (the type of material is that really soft one)

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:33 AM on Dec. 1, 2009

  • i dont know what to tell you..once i bought this halloween costume and i thought i smelled something while trying it on but i thought maybe it was just the when i got home i swear it smelled like fish! I washed it like 3 times, even with bleach, i even hung it out to dry, i put it in the dryer with an entire pack of dryer sheets...i was determined to wear that costume and i couldnt take it back because it was halloween day. The dryer sheets helped and i even sprayed febreeze all over it. The smell stayed gone through the night but returned the next day...i don't know what the hell it was but i could not get the funk out

    Answer by shay1130 at 9:44 AM on Dec. 1, 2009

  • You can put a box of baking soda in the dressers, closest, etc. Baking soda soaks in the odors and eliminates them from the space. The problem is that the smell has gotten into the walls and the floors, and then when you move in you kick up the dust particles along with the odor. This causes your place to coninuously smell like whatever it is you're kicking up. You can sprinkle baking soda on the carpet and then vacuum it up, if you have carpet. You can also wash your clothes in a baking soda detergent, so that the odor will come out of the clothes. The laundry soap with frilly smells only masks the odor as long as the smell remains. then when you use the product again you kick up that original smell that's imbedded in the material. Also, if you can do this without freezing, try airing out the house to help release the odorous air particles from the room.

    Answer by JazzlikeMraz at 12:25 PM on Dec. 1, 2009

  • I used to put perfume sample cards from magazines in my dresser drawers. I have cedar wood blocks in dh's dresser for his clothes. The kids are on their own, though! the baby always smells like lotion, the 8 YO DD is addicted to little dollar store bottles of perfume, and the 15 YO DS always smells like Axe body wash. The rest of the house smells like whatever I'm baking that day.
    If you don't want to use perfume samples, use dryer sheets in your drawers - We put the vanila lavender ones in the linen closet.

    Answer by plylerjones at 8:25 AM on Dec. 2, 2009

  • try odor-bon... it is really good for getting of unwanted odor including pet and I have had no issues of it harming cloth items I have even used it in the wash for dh's clothes...spray your linen closet with it and let it dry... you may have to do this several times if the odor is really bad. Do this to drawers too... but you have to soak whatever you are trying to rid the smell of and let it air dry...

    Answer by gmasboy at 10:01 AM on Dec. 2, 2009

  • It could be that there is too much dampness in the house - try the Damp-Rid buckets in all of the closets, under the sinks and even under the bed. Just remember to empty frequently - you will be amazed how much water they pull out of the air.

    Answer by chefronswife at 2:02 PM on Dec. 2, 2009

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