How to Get Old Clothes Smelling Fresh Naturally

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We’ve all been there; you get that amazing blazer, but it smells of mothballs, or you find a super-cool vintage skirt with a musty odor.

There are several ways to freshen up your clothes, but I prefer using natural products as much as possible.

If you’re looking for the best way to make clothes smell fresh, look no further than this article! I’ve got some great DIY tips that will help you get rid of odors in your closet without spending more money than necessary.

Here are my top 3 picks for getting rid of musty smells and keeping your clothes smelling fresh.

Baking Soda

Baking soda is a great natural deodorizer and it’s also a natural odor absorber. It will not only help to get rid of the smell but also absorb the moisture that causes odors in the first place

That being said, baking soda can be used for more than just getting rid of odor; it can also be used as a fabric softener! To do this simply sprinkle some baking soda onto your clothing before you wash them (make sure there’s no soap residue left over from previous washes).

Baking soda is also known for its bleaching properties so if you want to make your whites whiter try adding some baking soda when you wash them! 

Finally, if you are looking for a way to freshen up old clothes without spending money on expensive perfumes or dryer sheets then try sprinkling some baking soda into your next load of laundry! 

You can also pre-soak with baking soda. Here’s an article about Baking Soda Pre-Soak For Smelly Clothes.


Vinegar is a natural deodorizer for your clothes. There are several reasons why vinegar helps to remove odors from fabric, but the main reason is that it absorbs odor because it’s made up of 4-8% acetic acid. 

A simple way to use vinegar to get rid of bad smells in clothing is by mixing water and vinegar together in equal parts and then adding this solution into the washing machine with your dirty laundry.

Sometimes All You Need are Fresh Air and Sunlight to Freshen Up Old Clothes

  • Put your clothes in the sun. The heat of the sun will naturally kill off any bacteria that might be present on your clothes, leaving them smelling fresh and clean.
  • Air out your clothes in a dry place with good ventilation. Depending on what you hang up, you can use either hangers or clothing hooks to hang them up so they don’t get creased. 

What Causes Old Clothes to Smell?


So, there you have it! 

We’ve covered a lot of different natural ways in which you can get your old clothes smelling fresh.

Some of these tips are more effective than others, so I recommend experimenting with a few before settling on one particular method. 

I also hope that this post has given you some inspiration for ways to freshen up other items around the home as well. Check this blog for more natural cleaning tips.

Thanks for reading.

-Baking Soda Guy

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