Save on trips to the cleaners by dealing with odors at home.

How to Remove the Perfume Smell From Dry Clean Only Clothing

by Michelle Powell-Smith

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
  • Box
  • Tape
  • 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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