Removing deordant odours from clothes?

Old 11-16-05, 09:32 AM
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Removing deordant odours from clothes?

I have tried everything I can think of to remove the odour of deodorant from my husband's shirts - Zout, Borax, Oxyclean, baking soda, bleach.... Even after each time i wash, they still smell like his deordant (which isn't offensive, I just want it gone)

Any other suggestions?

Old 11-17-05, 05:38 AM
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I see two options here:

1 Get him to switch to a less stinky deodorant

2 I use odoban for odor removal and think 1 tablespoon or so in the washer would probably help
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As I understand BO. The smell comes from bacteria growth. Joneq has been using the crystal type deodorant available in some supermarkets and virtually all health food stores.It works at least all day usually longer

I started using scent free dodderant when I got tired of smelling everyone elses "scents"-deoderant, cologne, aftershave, perfume etc. As long as you don't smell bad you don't need to smell at all imo.

I once broke up with a girl over her use of emeraudetobillyjoe perfume. It was either the perfume or joneq. She chose the the subject a little,but a definite prob especially on the bus to the city
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Pre-treating underarms of shirts with enzyme digester cleaner and giving enzymes time to digest odor causing bacteria before laundering is an option. There are also odor eliminating laundry detergents that contain enzymes that are marketed under a variety of names. Check laundry aisles. Nature's Miracle Laundry Detergent, Scent-Away, & Biz are such detergents that contain enzymes that will digest odors. For severe odors, presoaking is recommended. This gives the enzymes time to digest the odors. Switching to phosphate-free laundry detergent is often helpful, too. Using hot-enough water to melt the paraffin of the deodorant that clings to fibers is recommended.

Switching from deodorant to anti-perspirant will help minimize perspiration and associated odors. Using unscented products will eliminate the odor of the deodorant used. Anti-bacterial soap when bathing helps keep odors at a minimum. There are enzyme anti-bacterial anti-perspirant/deodorant and soaps for bathing such as Scent-Away.

If you don't have time to go to the store to shop for new deodorant/antiperspirant, detergent, and soap, then perhaps laundering shirts in hot water, detergent, and 1 cup ammonia and adding a cup of white vinegar to the rinse cycle will resolve the odor problems. (Never mix bleach & ammonia because the mixture releases toxic fumes.) Skip the fabric softener which further coats the fibers and tends to compound odor problems. The vinegar will soften, deodorize, and resolve lint problems.

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