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Freshen Up: How to Remove That Perfume Smell From Fabrics and Clothes

99% of the time, our Fragrance Familia shoppers ask us how to make their perfume scent last longer and linger on. However, in some situations - we're asked how perfume and cologne smells can be removed fast from fabric and clothes.

It's a common issue: you put on a bit too much cologne or perfume, or you inherit a garment that's imbued with a strong scent. These fragrances, while pleasant in small doses, can become overwhelming when they linger on fabrics. Fortunately, there are several effective methods to remove these stubborn scents, ranging from simple household remedies to more thorough advanced cleaning techniques.

Understanding Your Fabrics:

Before diving into the cleaning process, it's crucial to understand the type of fabric you're dealing with. Delicate fabrics like silk or wool require gentler care compared to more robust materials like cotton or polyester. Always check the care label on your garment for specific instructions and test any cleaning solution on a small, inconspicuous area first.

Home Remedies:

  1. Baking Soda: This common household item is excellent for absorbing odors. Lay your garment flat and sprinkle a generous amount of baking soda on it. Let it sit for a few hours or overnight, then shake off or vacuum up the baking soda. For tougher scents, you can also put your garment in a sealed bag with baking soda for a day or two.

  2. Vinegar Solution: Mix one part white vinegar with two parts water in a spray bottle. Lightly mist your garment with the solution, being careful not to soak it. Let it air dry. The vinegar smell will dissipate, taking the perfume or cologne scent with it.

  3. Air Out: Sometimes, all your clothes need is some fresh air. Hang them outside in a well-ventilated, shaded area. Avoid direct sunlight, which can damage some fabrics.

Advanced Cleaning Techniques:

  1. Enzyme Cleaners: These are particularly effective against strong scents. Enzyme-based detergents break down the molecules responsible for odors. Follow the instructions on the product, and use it as a pre-treatment before washing your garment.

  2. Steam Cleaning: If you have a steam cleaner, it can be used to freshen up your clothes. The steam helps to open up the fabric fibers, releasing trapped scents. Be sure to check if your fabric is suitable for steam cleaning first.

Preventive Measures and Tips:

  1. Proper Application of Fragrances: To avoid this problem in the future, apply perfumes and colognes directly to your skin instead of your clothes (though this is entirely a personal preference!). Spray them in the air and walk through the mist, or apply to pulse points where the body's warmth will amplify the scent.

  2. Storage Tips: Store clothes in a clean, dry place. Use scented sachets or cedar blocks in your wardrobe for a mild, pleasant smell that won't overpower your clothes.

Removing perfume and cologne smells from clothes is a manageable task with the right approach. Whether you opt for a quick home remedy or a more thorough cleaning process, these methods can help you get your clothes smelling fresh and clean again. Remember, the key to dealing with strong scents is patience and gentle care, especially with delicate fabrics.

We just hope that the perfume or cologne you're removing was delivered to you by Fragrance Familia!

Do you have any other tips or tricks for dealing with strong scents on clothes? Share them in the comments below!

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