Sometimes someone walks past you and then you are simply blown away by the wonderful scent that comes from his or her clothing. The smell is not too strong, but not too soft either. How did that happen? It is possible that they use very tasty detergents or use a clothing spray to make it smell even better. However, such a spray does contain substances that can be harmful to the lungs, so why shouldn’t we make a natural variant ourselves to make our clothes smell nice? When I came across this tip online, I immediately became curious.
Because of course, nobody wants a foul or musty smell from their clothing. The most common cause of a musty smell in your clothing is often due to too much moisture or even mold in the wardrobe. A common mistake is also the use of too much or too little detergent. Too much detergent may mean that the detergent has not been completely washed out of clothing. That too can cause a nasty or musty odor.
If too little detergent is used, the clothing is often not cleaned properly, so that the unpleasant odors get stuck. Sometimes your clothes even smell musty once it comes out of the washing machine. And sometimes it smells fresh at first, but the clothes will start smelling later. This may have to do with a number of environmental factors. Are there people smoking in the house? Are you cooking with fragrant ingredients such as garlic or onions? Or do you have a lot of pets? These different scents can all penetrate into your clothing.
The secret to a nice-smelling wardrobe? Rice! Although it is a favorite part of meals almost everywhere in the world, rice has become more than just a dish on the table. We like to eat it, but we also use it to save telephones, celebrate weddings, make heat pillows and much more! Knowing this, it shouldn’t be so surprising that rice can do more in and around the house. And then mainly in your wardrobe!
Think about it, if you drop your phone in a toilet, sink or aquarium, it is normal to dry it in a bowl of rice, hoping the phone will survive. In a small space such as a wardrobe – where coats, shoes and clothing are stored – moisture and mold can also occur without you noticing. To prevent this, rice acts as a dehumidifier, reducing the amount of moisture in the cupboard and making the air fresher.
Put a little rice in a bowl, glass or a bag and put it in the cupboard. Add a few drops of essential oil (for example, lavender, orange or lemon!) And you will have the feeling that you are entering a spa as soon as you open your wardrobe doors. Your clothes will smell wonderful! Change the rice every few weeks and try a different oil each time, so that you will found your favorite at some point! And believe me, people will walk past you and think “Wow, this person smells amazing!”
Another tip is to remove your clothes from the washing machine as soon as possible once the washing is done. Hang the items to dry or place them in the dryer immediately. If you leave wet clothes in the washing machine for too long, mold will form, which can cause a musty and unpleasant odor on your clothing.
If you accidentally forget clothes in the washing machine and they no longer smell so fresh, you can easily deodorize them with white vinegar. Pour a cup of white vinegar into the detergent drawer and wash the clothes again, this will remove the foul odor. Clean the washing machine deeply with vinegar every six months.
Over time, washing machines can develop unpleasant odors from mold, which are then transferred to clothing. Start with an empty washing machine. Put two to four cups of white vinegar in the detergent drawer. Perform a full cycle at the highest and hottest setting. Add a cup of baking soda and carry out another cycle. Wipe the inside and top of the washing machine with a microfiber cloth.
Make sure the clothing is completely dry before folding and storing. If you put away damp clothing, mold can grow in the clothing and in the wardrobe. If you take an item out of the dryer and it is still damp, dry it for about half an hour on a drying rack or hang it outside and let the wind do its work. Great tips right? Don’t forget to share them with your friends, family and on your social media accounts. Everybody needs to know this!