11 Clever Ways to Get Sweat Smell Out of Clothes

How to get sweat smell out of clothes

I don’t know about you but I sweat a lot. No matter what I do, I sweat. I take a shower and after 5 minutes I can already notice the sweat appearing on my fresh clean t-shirt.

If you read this, you probably deal with the same sweating issue. Or you just want to learn a few tricks on how to get sweat smell out of clothes after working out, running, and doing something that made you sweat when you don’t have the time to wash it off.

Luckily for you, I do have a few tips and tricks to share with you on how to get sweat smell out of clothes WITHOUT washing. They are proven methods you can try today.

How to Get Sweat Smell Out of Clothes

You would be surprised how many methods exist for getting sweat smell out of clothes without washing them. I’ll share eleven methods you can test today and thank me later.

Method 1: Let the air do the job

One of the easiest ways to get sweat smell out of clothes without washing is hanging them in the fresh air. Let the air do the job. It helps to remove smell but also smoke trapped in clothes. If you don’t have the possibility to hang your clothes outside, you can also use a fan or hang them in a sunlit space. Also, make sure that they’re hanged near green plants with leaves because they will absorb the chemicals from the clothes.

Method 2: High-proof but cheap vodka

I suggested cheap vodka because your clothes don’t deserve to waste the good stuff. So, take a bottle of high-proof, cheap vodka and a spray bottle. Mix it with water until the vodka reaches between 60 to 70% and spray on the spots you want to refresh. The mix will kill the bacteria and leave no odor, so don’t worry. You won’t smell like a drunk.

Method 3: Keep your clothes in the freezer

Leaving your clothes in the freezer for a few hours can help you get rid of sweat smell without washing. This method works because you probably didn’t know, but most smells come from bacteria. And freezing temperatures can kill bacteria.

Just hang your jeans in the freezer in a canvas bag to keep them protected and you’re good to go. It’s a nice alternative because you will also save energy since your freezer is already working.

Method 4: The classic baking soda method

You probably heard of the classic baking soda method  for removing sweat smell and any other smell out of clothes without washing. If you haven’t, don’t worry. I will share my recipe with you. All you need is water and baking soda. Mix into a paste and cover the areas you want to refresh.

Cover both the outside and inside of the clothes if you want to achieve better results. Allow the clothes to dry completely and use a stiff brush to brush off the mix after. This is one of the two ways you can do this. The second one is to put your clothes in a plastic trash bag and throw a half cup baking soda in it.

Shake it and leave it aside for about 10 minutes. Take out your clothes, remove the soda and you have fresh-smelling clothes without washing. Easy to pull out and won’t cost you much.

Method 5: Lemon juice should do the job

If you want to remove sweat smell or any other smell out of your clothes without using harsh dry-cleaning detergents full of chemicals, I suggest you try with lemon juice. It’s enough to squeeze one lemon and mix the juice with water. Scrub it on all the affected area and hang it to dry. You can also hang it indoors if you don’t have space or terrace.

Method 6: Fresh coffee grounds can help

As you can notice, most of my proven methods contain natural ingredients you probably have at home. This one includes fresh coffee grounds. Just place them in a bowl and put it in the drawer together with your smelly clothes. They will absorb the sweat smell or any other smell out of your clothes.

But if this isn’t working for you, put your clothes in a paper bag, add fresh coffee grounds and let it sit overnight. Shaking isn’t necessary. You will be surprised what coffee can do for your smelly clothes overnight.

Method 7: Essential oils can be useful too

Sometimes, clothes aren’t smelly or dirty but they still lose their freshness. However, don’t worry because I have a solution for this too. It includes essential oils. Just put a few drops of your favorite essential oil in a spray bottle. Mix it with water and spritz on the clothes. You can use grapefruit, clary sage, lemon, or lavender for best results.

Method 8: Air freshener on your clothes

Don’t laugh because this method works too. An air freshener can help you get the smell out of clothes without washing. Okay, they won’t remove the smell completely but mask it until you find free time to wash your clothes.

It’s a temporary fix, especially if you’re going somewhere but don’t have the time to change or wash your clothes. Just spray an air freshener on both sides of your clothes, inside and out and let it dry for a minute.

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Method 9:  Vinegar will definitely work

Just like baking soda, vinegar is also a classic method in removing sweat smell or any other smell out of clothes without washing. As you may or may not know, vinegar has a low pH level that helps in removing smell in clothing. Don’t use dark vinegar (balsamic or red wine).  Just mix the same amount of water and vinegar in a spray bottle and spritz.

Before you apply it, test it on an inside part of your clothes. If it doesn’t change color, you’re good to go. However, if it does, feel free to use some of the other methods I’ve mentioned. You don’t want to ruin the clothes instead of removing the smell right?

Don’t worry about the smell because once it dries, your clothes won’t smell like vinegar. After you apply it, hang the clothes outside to dry. You can also hang it in the shower, near an open window or inside your closet.

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Method 10: Cat litter, I’m not kidding

Don’t laugh at me because this method is actually working. No matter how weird I sound and how strange this seems, if you place a piece of clothing in a tub or bag and pour cat litter in it, it will absorb the sweat smell out of it. Let it sit overnight or for 24 hours.

Method 11: Professional dry cleaner

My last method for removing sweat smell out of clothes without washing is not really a method but a friendly suggestion. If you don’t have time to wash your clothes or you’re convinced that my other methods won’t work for you, it’s best you visit a professional dry cleaner. It costs more than washing your clothes at home, but it’s completely worth it. You will get what you paid for. And that’s odor-free and fresh-smelling clothes.

How to avoid sweat smell on your clothes

There’s a popular saying: “Why heal it when you can stop it from happening in the first place?” Okay, it’s not a popular saying. It’s only a product of my mind. However, what difference does it make? It makes sense. Why removing sweat smell or any other smell out of your clothes, when you can avoid it? Read on to learn a few tips on how to do it.

Don’t use fabric softener anymore

You probably didn’t know but fabric softener doesn’t clean your smelly clothes or make them smell nicer but creates some kind of barrier that keeps the sweat or other odor in your clothes.

Also, it breaks down materials that stretch. And if that’s the material your clothes are made of, you have a big problem because a softener will not only leave your clothes stinky but also change their shape. They won’t fit you as they did before.

Don’t use much laundry detergent

Another great enemy of your clothes is the laundry detergent. So, if you want your clothes to smell fresh, don’t use much laundry detergent. It locks the smell and breaks down the materials that stretch just like fabric softener, especially if it’s Spandex or Lycra.

It boosts the creation of bacteria which leads to worsening the smell of clothes instead of eliminating it. I suggest you add half the amount you usually add. Or buy this special detergent designed for clothes made of stretching materials and removing odor.

Don’t leave your sweaty clothes in a pile like you always do

If you have a habit of leaving your sweaty smelly clothes in a pile on the bathroom or laundry floor, don’t expect this to help you remove the smell of your clothes easier. On the contrary, it’ll help the bacteria to spread and grow, making your clothes stink more. If you want to prevent sweat smell or other smell from spreading, at least hang them somewhere to dry. Or you can lay your sweaty smelly clothes on a drying rack to dry.

Wash your sweaty clothes right after you take them off

Immediately wash your clothes after you finish with a workout or doing whatever you did that made you sweat. If you act fast, you won’t have to worry about getting rid of the smell after. Washing them immediately will prevent the bacteria from spreading.

Soak them in a white vinegar solution before you wash them

As I said before, wash your clothes right after you take them off to prevent bacteria from spreading and get rid of the smell without much effort. However, in order to get the best results, I suggest you soak them in a white vinegar solution before washing. It will help you remove any type of smell.

Mix cold water and one cup of white vinegar and soak the clothes for 30 minutes before you put them in the washing machine or wash by hand. Add a small amount of white vinegar while washing too, if you think it’s necessary.

Add baking soda/lemon juice while washing your clothes

Baking soda seems is here to save the day again. Just add one cup of baking soda to the wash and you’re ready to go. Or you can add lemon juice to prevent odor from spreading and getting the best results. The citric acid will tear apart the oils in the clothes and leave them odor and bacteria free. Both ingredients do miracles for smelly clothes.

Change clothes after you do something that sweats you

Instead of sitting around in your smelly clothes after doing something that made you sweat, with the excuse that you’re tired, take them off and shower. Change into clean clothes if you want to feel fresh and relax faster. Wash the clothes immediately as I suggested before and prevent the odor and bacteria from spreading.

If you don’t have baking soda or lemon juice at home, and if these methods don’t appeal to you, you might like Borax. It’s a laundry detergent that’s specially designed to remove odor, stains and soften the water to keep the shape of your clothes. You can combine it with lemon juice and baking soda if you’re removing odor, or oxygenated bleach if you’re removing stains.

If you can’t find a Borax detergent anywhere, you mix 4 ounces of powdered Borax in hot water and mix it with your old detergent once the water basin is filled with water.

Well, there you go, I just presented some of the most popular and most efficient ways you can use to get sweat smell out of clothes. I also shared a few products you can buy that are crucial in removing sweat smell or any other smell. I hope you find it useful.

Magda Du Plessis

I am a writer for more than 6 years. A mother of three, and full time writer. I love writing and making sure that everyone has all the beauty tips to be as beautiful as can be.

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