I picked up some vodka and a little spray bottle to use with it. I tried this out on some of my everyday work clothes. At the end of the day, I sprayed the armpits of my clothing, and hung on a hanger to dry until morning. The first time I tried this, I did a light spritz of vodka, and there was no change to the clothing odor in the morning.
The second time I tried, I did a moderate spray until the fabric was damp to the touch, and there was no change to the clothing odor in the morning. I sprayed the fabric on both sides until it was completely saturated. I let it hang until evening of the next day and found the odor was almost completely gone! I also found that it worked on some old odors I had stashed in my closet! I’m very pleased with this trick, and plan to incorporate this into my laundry routine ASAP. Do you have any secret laundry help tips and tricks?
Using Vodka to Deodorize Dry Clean Only Clothing Review — Does it Work? My husband often gets a mixture of perspiration and deodorant staining the armpits of his shirts. If I just throw them in the wash without treating the stains, the material eventually becomes hard and stiff under the armpits from the build up of deodorant and perspiration as normal washing never removes it properly. I’ve found a mix of vinegar and bi-carb soda rubbed into it every few washes and left for an hour or so before washing is a good way to prevent it and get rid of any small build up. I’ve tried it on long-term build up, and, although it gets rid of some of it, it’s still stiff and horrible afterwards. THanks for the great tip, Carol! I neve knew what to do about it though.
Does it also take care of staining? I’m going to the liquor store on the way home. Thanks for stopping by Mindy! I heard it had to be 100 proof vodka. I’ve been using 80 proof. Why would you invest money in a nice outfit to spray vodka on it?
There is no more incidents of cancer with workers in the dry clean industry than the general public. It is all a scare tactic. Hi Dave, thanks for sharing your thoughts. Vodka is a clear and odorless solvent and in general should not hurt the clothing anymore than the perc solvent used at the dry cleaners would. Do you have a link to the study you reference? I would be interested in reading it. Regardless, there are some who feel that anything they can do to reduce their family’s exposure to known carcinogens is worth it, even if the risk of harm is remote.
If you feel comfortable with dry cleaning your clothing, and are not worried about the solvent used to do so, then this green idea is probably not for you. Probably one of the worst ideas ever! My family spent 80 years in the dry cleaning business and I can assure you that spraying alcohol on your garments is one of the fastest ways to permanently ruin your clothes. Any distilled or fermented beverage has a high alcohol content and is equally high in sugars. The alcohol will over time destroy the fibers in both the fabric and the seams. And the moment the sugar heats up, either in the wash, at the dry cleaner or on your body, those sugars caramelize and turn brown.
This can even happen over time whilst the garment hangs in your closet. When customers would bring garments into our plant I would always ask if there were any spots we should know about. We went over each garment with a fine toothed comb, but I would ask if any clear beverages were spilled or if a beverage was coffee, did it have cream and sugar, as these spots were treated differently than black coffee. Sorry, I am going off on a tangent. If you would like more information on how to properly remove odors from a garment leave a reply. Not even fit for Goodwill. Tammy, I need your help! I’ve been scouring the internet. I have some dresses I wear to work and although of course I’m bathed and wear deodorant, they are stinky after one wear. The dry cleaner never seems to have any affect on them at all, even when I tell them specifically that the underarms need special attention. Maybe these dresses are actually ok to soak in tepid water to remove the smells. Can you please let us know which garments or fabrics are actually ok to wash by hand and which are truly Dry Clean Only? Perhaps you have a better solution? The garments are brand new and have not been warn yet. I would like to begin taking good care of them so that the odors do not begin to build up.