The Thrifty Apartment
Have you ever purchased an item from the thrift store, only to get home and find that it reeks of that “thrift store smell”? Some might describe the smell as “funky,” “musty,” or “sweaty.”
While the smell can be difficult to describe, one thing is for sure is that the smell is unlikely to go away on its own. Here are some proven methods to help your item smell its best.
This may seem obvious, but washing the item with some baking soda and vinegar can help reduce the smell.
Take it outside and allow it to get some sunlight and breeze. The sun has natural deodorizing properties that can help eliminate odors.
Grab a spray bottle and add water and white vinegar. Spray your thrifted item and let it air dry. Try not to overspray but allow the natural mist to absorb the item.
Sprinkle the baking soda inside or on top of the item. Place the item in a plastic bag and knot it. Let it sit overnight.
Whip up your own fabric freshener spray using water and a few drops of your favorite essential oils. Essential oils can add wonderful scents that can be helpful to your clothes.
Lemon juice can help oust that musty smell from your clothes. Just add fresh lemon juice into the washing machine. Allow the lemon to permeate the fabric.