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How to Eliminate Body Odor From Clothing

by
author image Melynda Sorrels
Melynda Sorrels spent 10 years in the military working in different capacities of the medical field, including dental assisting, health services administration, decontamination and urgent medical care. Awarded the National Guardsman’s Medal for Lifesaving efforts in 2002, Sorrels was also a nominee for a Red Cross Award and a certified EMT-B for four years.
How to Eliminate Body Odor From Clothing
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Body odor poses an embarrassing-enough problem without it hanging around after you take your clothing off. From stressful situations to warm temperatures, your clothing may be the unwilling victim when the odor becomes trapped within the fibers and can't simply be washed out. For the sake of being able to wear the affected garment again without the embarrassing smell, it's time to take action.

Step 1

How to Eliminate Body Odor From Clothing
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Place the affected clothing in the washing machine and turn it on, allowing it to fill up with warm water.

Step 2

How to Eliminate Body Odor From Clothing
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Add 2 cups of white vinegar to the machine.

Step 3

How to Eliminate Body Odor From Clothing
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Allow the clothes in the washer to agitate for 5 to 10 minutes before turning it off.

Step 4

How to Eliminate Body Odor From Clothing
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Allow the clothes to soak in the water for at least 4 hours.

Step 5

How to Eliminate Body Odor From Clothing
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Turn the machine back on and add a bleach-free detergent.

Step 6

How to Eliminate Body Odor From Clothing
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Remove the clothing from the washing machine as soon as the cycle is finished.

Step 7

How to Eliminate Body Odor From Clothing
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Hang the clothing outside to dry as the fresh air will help to kill off any lingering odors.

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