While many dry clean only garments don't require frequent cleaning, they may retain odors after you wear them. Perfume, in particular, has a tendency to linger. While these techniques will help to remove any residual perfume smell, they also work for chemical odors left from the dry cleaning process and other unwanted smells.
1 Hang dry-clean-only garments outside on a sunny day. Air garments for several hours to reduce or eliminate any perfume smell.
2 Cut a small opening for a clothes hanger in one side of the box with a utility knife. Hang the garments in the box.
3 Fill a container with approximately 1 cup of baking soda or wad up several sheets of newspaper.
4 Close the box and tape securely. Leave the garments in the box for several days. The newspaper or baking soda will absorb unwanted odors.
Items you will need
- Clothes hanger or clothesline and clothespins
- Utility knife
- Plastic container
- Baking soda or newspaper
- Use the same strategies to remove chemical odors left after dry cleaning.
- Reduce perfume odors by applying perfume before you dress or before putting on dry-clean-only garments.
- If your clothes return from the dry cleaner with a strong odor, consider switching cleaners. This may indicate ineffective cleaning or dirty dry cleaning fluid.
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