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How to Remove Damp Smells from Clothing using Essential Oils

There are lots of ways to remove the damp smell from your laundry and clothing with diffusers and other methods

There are many ways to remove the damp smell from your laundry and clothing. One of the easiest is by using diffusers in the room of your drying zone (assuming it is too wet to hang outside). The molecules will float into the air and eventually onto your clothes, dispelling the smell.

You can also use baking soda, lavender essential oil, vinegar and lemon essential oil to remove odours from clothing in much the same way as you would any other household item such as carpets or floors.

Dryer sheets are another common item that people use for absorbing smells but there are more natural ways to do this including using dryer balls or homemade deodorisers that will leave your clothes smelling fresh without any chemicals added into them.

Try essential oil sprays on damp clothing.

If you're in a hurry, or if you don't have access to a laundry room, consider using an essential oil spray. There are several options for this kind of product. Some contain natural ingredients like chamomile and lavender oil that can help remove the odour from your clothing.

A few drops of lemon or lime will also do the trick! If you've got a bottle of citrus essential oils lying around, it might be worth giving them a try before heading out to buy something new at the store. Also be mindful that lemon oil is photosensitive, so if the sun comes out and you move your clothing to dry outside, the lemon can then bleach the fabric once activated by the sun.

Just make sure not to overdo it: too much scent can overwhelm your nose again and make things worse than they were before!

Use a lemon essential oil based fabric conditioner.

  • Add a few drops of lemon essential oil to the water in a sink or tub. An added benefit is that the smell of lemons will also permeate your home, helping to combat any mould and mildew smells that may be lingering as well.

  • Place your clothing in this mixture for about 20 minutes, remove them and let them dry thoroughly before wearing again.

Create a spray with vinegar and essential oils.

Create a spray with vinegar and essential oils.

  • In a large bottle, combine 4 cups of water and 250mls cup of vinegar.

  • Add 10 drops each of your favourite essential oils (I used lemon and lavender).

  • Spray 20 centimetres above clothing, not directly onto it.

  • Let dry normally and the smell should be gone.

Create a lavender spray for your linen closet.

In a large spray bottle, mix 2 cups of water with 1/2 cup of distilled white vinegar.

Now, add 5 drops each of lavender, rosemary, and tea tree essential oils and 12 drops of geranium essential oil. Shake well before each use.

Use a homemade deodorizer on your clothes.

  • Mix ½ cup of baking soda, 1 tablespoon of essential oil, and 1 teaspoon of water in a bowl. (You can use any essential oil you want.)

  • Rub the mixture onto the fabric with your hands or a soft brush until it's evenly distributed on the cloth. Let it sit for at least 30 minutes before washing as usual.

  • You can do this as often as needed until your clothes are no longer smelly or stained by mildew—and your entire house smells like cinnamon rolls when you're done!

If you have sensitive skin, check with your aromatherapist, naturopath or health professional before trying any of these methods.