How to Get Perfume Smell Out Of Clothes

How to Get Perfume Smell Out Of Clothes

Putting on cologne, deodorant and perfumes is a part of our everyday hygiene routine. Some people like to wear same scent every day while some prefer to try new fragrances every once in a while, or even twice a day!

So let’s imagine you wear floral perfume in the morning and by the evening you find out that you have to go, see a friend or attend an event. Of course, you have the best suit on you so you don’t want to change but then you also want a different fragrance on you. Maybe something more fresh, prominent, and earthy?

So how do you get rid of the floral perfume’s smell from your clothes in such a short period of time? This is just an example of how getting rid of perfume smell from clothes can become our emergency call. However, there are many other reasons why one would want their clothes odorless and clean.

So here, we are enlisting 7 ways you can use to get rid of the unwanted perfume smell out of your clothes.

1.Air Drying

If it’s an emergency call and you have about an hour or two, let your clothes air dry for 30-40 minutes. See if you can use a hand dryer for a while if you are at work or outside your home. The hand dryer will blow warm air through your fabric at a strong pressure, driving the scent odor out.

And if you are at home, hanging your clothes in the airiest spot of your home can help you get rid of this smell, to a lot of extents if not completely. Placing your clothes near leafy plants can work better in your favor as plants absorb chemical odors fastly.

2.Sun Drying:

Soak your clothes under the sun and let UV rays drive all the odors away. The ultra-violet rays of sunlight help to bleach and disinfect laundry.

The extreme sunny it is, the quicker this method can relieve your clothes from unwanted scents.

3.Using ground coffee beans

Coffee beans are efficient at absorbing odors. This is yet another quick fix to get rid of the perfume smell from your garments.

Just put your garment in a bag full of ground coffee beans and leave for as many hours as you can and let coffee beans take care of the rest!

This is a great, handy quick fix to minimize perfume scents from your clothes especially when you are at work or are on the run.

4.Washing the Clothes:

Air drying and sun drying can only drive 50% of the perfume smell from your clothes. They are good options to consider when you are on the run and have little time.

However, the proper way to get rid of the perfume smell from your clothes is by washing them with the right detergents and odor neutralizers.

Things you will require

  1. Heavy-duty unscented laundry agent,
  2. Distilled white vinegar,
  3. And baking soda.

Add 1 cup (240 mL) of distilled vinegar, 3 tablespoons of baking soda, and a heavy-duty unscented laundry agent to your wash cycle to get rid of any kind of odor from your clothes,

If you have to wash your clothes by hand, you can try these cleaning materials with warm water. If your clothes are not delicate, you can try soft brushing and gently scrub the dirt and odor away from the fabric.

5.Using Baking Soda:

You must have heard about the cleaning wonders that baking soda does. We have, too!

If you want just another quick fix, here is a hack you probably did not hear of.

Take a plastic bag and fold inside it your garment. Then fill it with 25% of baking soda, which you can also sprinkle on any specific spots if needed.

Then shake the plastic bag a few times. Press the plastic bag and let baking soda absorb your garment’s odor for 10-15 minutes.

After 15 minutes, take your garment out of the plastic bag and briskly shake away the soda. You can let the garment sit under the sun for 5 minutes to maximize the odor-neutralizing effect.

6.Vodka Spray

Vodka spray is a go-to quick-fix solution for removing unwanted scents and musty odors from clothes. Just pour some vodka into a spray bottle and spray it over the garments or focus on your targeted spots.

Then hang it outside in the sun to dry.

As the alcohol evaporates, it will lift the odors away too. Give it about an hour or so and smell the fabric clean and odorless!

This is undoubtedly one of our personal favorite quick fixes to get rid of the perfume smell from clothes when we are out.

But please be aware for this method can ruin expensive clothes since spraying alcohol and then exposing them to heat is not in the favor of fabrics.

7.Freeze them

Surprised? Well, this one is extra weird but trust us, the technique work wonders!

According to the Entomological Society of America, placing potentially infested clothing or bedding in a plastic bag and leaving it in a freezer on its coldest setting for two to four days can help get rid of them.

So if you want to try this quick fix technique, you just have to follow this simple process.

Start by folding your clothes and tucking them inside a plastic bag. Then put the bag inside the freezer for as long as you can. When you remove them, they will definitely smell better with minimized odor. The longer you let your clothes stay in the freezer, the more neutralized your garment’s odor will be.

The Bottom Line:

The best way to get rid of odors from clothes is by washing or dry cleaning them. But if you are looking for some quick fixes or if you just want to experiment with some creative ways, the 7 ways we mentioned above can help you well.


Keeping clothes clean and odorless is essential to nurture good hygiene so if you think there is a perfume smell lingering in your clothes that no longer serve you good, you should not let it stay there; getting it layered with your other perfume scents unless you are completely sure you want that duo!

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