Keep your clothes smelling fresh without adding a lot of time to the normal laundry routine. Purchase a lemon, white vinegar and borax to help eliminate odors. Borax is located with the laundry detergent.
- Pretreat the wash
Make your own laundry pretreatment solution by mixing 1 tablespoon of laundry detergent, the juice of one lemon and one-half gallon of warm water. Use the solution to soak smelly socks and to scrub the underarms and collars of shirts.
- Increase the temperature
Set the washing machine temperature to the warmest setting safe for the clothes. Warm water helps the detergent in removing smells.
- Measure the detergent
Without measuring, you are using the wrong amount. Too little detergent leaves laundry smelling bad. Too much wastes money and leaves a soapy residue on the clothes.
- Boost the laundry detergent
Add one-half cup of borax to each load. It's a natural laundry additive that helps to remove stains and smells.
- Replace your fabric softener
Fabric softeners leave a residue on clothes that traps odors and make it difficult for detergent to penetrate the fabric to eliminate smells. Use one-eighth cup of white vinegar in the rinse water of each load to soften fabric and reduce odors. Vinegar helps to kill odor-causing bacteria, according to Men's Fitness