Baking soda and vinegar are commonly used to remove odors from clothing. If clothing has a smoky odor, the smell can be eliminated by hanging the clothing above a bathtub containing hot water and two cups of vinegar. Soaking clothing in a sink or bucket full of water combined with 1/2 cup of baking soda prior to washing removes a variety of odors.
Mechanical smells, such as gasoline or oil, can be eliminated using baking soda. This process starts by placing the clothing in a sealed bag with baking soda for a day or two prior to washing. If this does not completely remove the smell, a baking soda soak may be necessary. The smell of vomit or baby spit-up can be removed from clothing by rubbing dry baking soda directly on the area. Not only does this remove the odor, but it also whitens and brightens the clothing without leaving harsh residues behind. Baking soda also removes the smell of sweat on clothing. For tough or older sweat odors, a thick baking soda paste should be applied to the area, followed by a baking soda soak. If smelly clothes cannot be dealt with immediately, placing baking soda directly on them lessens the odor until they are able to be washed.