Vintage Clothes Minus Vintage Odor
Found the perfect vintage shirt with an imperfect odor? Get it out the Savvy Way!
Vintage clothing can smell for a few reasons and whether it's mold, smoke, or mildew that's stinking up your savvy find, you don't want it anywhere near your body, I don't care how great a deal you got on that vintage Chanel/Yves St. Laurent/Gucci number. We've tried the following different ways to de-stink vintage or second hand items and all of them worked like a charm.
Hard-core underarm odor: This probably means your garment has a little bacteria, so it is necessary to KILL THE BACTERIA in order to de-stink it. Soak underarm area of the garment with hydrogen peroxide for a few hours. You can do smell checks at intervals and when it doesn't smell anymore, it's time to hit the wash.
General mild odor part one: Add 1 cup of white distilled vinegar to your regular wash load. Smell will be neutralized and no vinegar smell will remain, we swear! This is also a great way to deepen black colors in your regular wash.
General mild odor part two: Add 1/2 cup of baking soda to the wash if any smell remains.
For really light odors and/or if the garment cannot be washed, hang it in a small, sealed room (close all the windows and put a towel under the door) with an ionizer near the garment and let it work its magic. This can take one to three days, but it's worth it!