Let it sit awhile then launder. No need to add more detergent. This removes old antiperspirant residue also. I also use Dawn occasionally to remove the buildup from fabric softener. The buildup can inhibit your natural fabrics from breathing. It also helps remove our natural body oils from fabrics. Works great on both natural and synthetic fibers. Murphy Oil soap leaves the worse after smell. When you get hot it makes it even stronger. Save yourself from further embarassment. Ever since I stopped using anti-perspirants, and went to natural deodorants, all my tops started smelling if I sniffed in the armpit area, especially the right arm pit area.
It is more strong on that side for some reason- the left side has no smell. Why my right arm pit? I never had an issue with anti-perspirants for 20 years. Maybe I should go back to anti-perspirants. Hi Erin, since we published this article back in , and the Livestrong. The articles appear very different, just offering the same remedies.
Just noticed this same article with the exact same wording on the livestrong. Hi CC, I once bought a beautiful shirt at a second hand store and the same thing happened to me. You really have to remove all former and stubborn perspiration residue, and it requires a bit of in-depth treatment.
Give those remedies a try. Good luck! The armpits stink and I took a shower right before I put the shirt on. I use a crystal deodorant under regular deodorant this prevents the odor to begin with. Crystal deodorant is also good for children use I believe since it is natural. There are drinks like coffee that cause body odor toxic for some people try eliminating for awhile. I recently found out that isopropyl alcohol removes b. I put the alcohol on a rag and soak it into the underarm area.
I pretty much live in white pants in the summer and have dealt with some pretty stubborn stains. Even though I am mentioning a name brand product, I hope you post this. This is ONLY for white clothes now, but Clorox Cleanup spritzed on the affected area and allowed to sit for 15 to 20 minutes before laundering works like magic. I tried a paste of borax and water on old, set in underarm stains on a white tee shirt. Rubbed it all over the stains, let it sit for awhile, then laundered in hot water. The shirt is almost as white as new.
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My husband has some shirts that have strong body ordor, but these shirts have been washed and dried the usual way many times. Is it safe to assume that nothing will remove the odor now? Nancy, any of these remedies should work. Sweat stains and odors color tshirts that dingy yellow color, so many of these remedies address this. Good Luck!
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Mix three white, non-coated aspirin tablets with a cup of warm water and a tablespoon of cream of tartar you probably have a can in your kitchen cupboard! Scrub the solution into the underarm area with a nail brush or old toothbrush, then allow the mixture to remain on the garment for at least 20 minutes. Launder as usual. Repeat, if necessary. Baking Soda. Baking soda is great for neutralizing strong perspiration odors that are embedded in fabrics.
Make a paste with baking soda and warm water, then rub the paste into the problem areas. Betsy holds a bachelor's degree in Psychology and a Master's degree in Counseling, and for nearly a decade worked as an elementary counselor. In she left her counseling career to pursue healthy living. She loves using DIY Natural as a way to educate people to depend on themselves to nourish their bodies and live happier healthier lives.
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I also took a sponge and ran it between the drum and the upper lid and it was astonishing the amount of goop that came out. Sort of like when you clean the drain in the bathroom sink? Hair and slime and just nastiness! Adding baking soda and vinegar together creates water. This is an older post, but I have a few tricks also. But my trick that helps keep the washer from staying moist and also keeps the cost down from dryer use is to wash and then I do another short wash with my vinegar and add an extra spin cycle.
This actually makes it possible to use the dryer for only minutes to get everything dry instead of 30 or more! So this saves on your electric bill. And as some here have mentioned, making your own laundry soap and using white vinegar instead of fabric softeners, helps keep the washing machine cleaner just by itself. Your fill hoses may have a filter washer at either end this will clog with all kinds of stuff. Shut the water off to the machine remove the hoses and check. I would remove both washers from both hoses and replace them just as you would your garden hose.
Using needle nose pliers remove each screen clean and reinstall. Then install your hoses be sure to connect hot to hot and cold to cold. Now your washer will fill like it did when it was new.
If your hoses are more than 6 or 7 years old consider replacing them, there are two options rubber ones like your machine came with or stainless steel hoses. Sounds good except my new machine is the smart kind. It gauges how heavy the load is then adds as much water as is needed.
If I put nothing in it , nothing would happen. It also does not like the lid open.
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Can you use Apple Cider vinegar? I have that on hand but can also buy the white vinegar. Love your ideas very helpful. Yes, you can use ACV. We just prefer white vinegar for cleaning because there is no chance of staining if it comes into contact with a porous surface, but your washer likely does not contain porous materials. Hello How do you clean the top laoder if you do not have a hot water faucet, only cold water.
You may want to set your washer to a smaller load size, then boil some water to add until the washer is full. Hello there, I like this idea of cleaning the washer but unfortunately do not have a soak cycle in my washer,but definitely needs some cleaning to be done. How can I accomplish this?
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Use a spraying descaler. Or put vinegar in a sprayer. Make sure to wear a respirator if using toxic chemicals inside washing tub. I have a new HE Bravo top load machine. It has a special setting for cleaning—of course called an Afresh cycle. Can I just use vinegar and baking soda and run the cycle? What about oxyclean tablets or powder for HE? Use your Affresh cycle, but use vinegar and baking soda instead of the expensive Affresh tablets. The amount you use will depend on how full your washer fills on this cleaning cycle. Use less if your washer does not fill all the way.
Thanks so much for your answer. I guess I can stop it maybe and visually look, Or I can guess. If I did use it for the cleaning cycle would it work or do you still recommend baking soda and vinegar. And would I add them in together at the beginning of the cleaning cycle? Thank you very much, Ellen.
Use your best judgement on the amounts. I used this recipe today to wash my top loading washing machine. I was really surprised at the gunk that had accumulated up and under the circumference of the machine. I used a toothbrush and the rag and nearly flattened the toothbrush from use.
There was so much build up of gunk from using fabric softener, I am a recent user of vinegar. Thanks for this. My machine looks as shiny as yours! Awesome Shelley! Thanks for returning and giving your feedback on this DIY tutorial. I use Vinegar in the rinse water of all my laundry. Softens fabric, rinses all soap residue clean, freshens, and helps with dryer static. Maybe a very slight odor of vinegar when first removing from wash, but the smell nice and fresh when dried.
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Towel stay fluffy without soap residue building up. I think this vinegar rinse in the clothes helps keep the machine continually fresh. I have read some comments on the vinegar deteriorating the rubber, but I have not had any problem like this and have been doing for 3 years now. This is one of the best sites I have seen for natural cleaning info. I have a HE washer that also will not let me open the lid once I start a load of laundry.
I do have really- really — really hot water though. Not sure if it would whiten since her bed is gray. My husband is a nurse and will soon be needing to change his uniforms so he will be wearing all white undershirts. Anyone have any comparisons with Borax vs Baking Soda? Great ideas for helping keep the washing machine looking its best. We always leave our washing machine lid open to help combat those odors. Hanging them out in frosty conditions the night before and leaving them all night and day works too. All I do is mix some vinegar and washing soda on a cloth, wet the cloth and scrub the interior and agitator with it, replenishing with the abluent as needed.
I used to get a very gunked up maching in the bad old days when I used purchased soap powders and fabric softeners. Fabric softener is the worst thing for causing this gunk and we had to dismantle the whole machine to clean it. Now that I make my own laundry liquid soap and use white vinegar as my fabric softener, my machine cleaning is just an occasional wipe down of the top. And that is always using a cold wash. In fact, it has been about 3 yrs since I have needed to degunk my machine. I love natural!! Using homemade laundry soap and vinegar for fabric softener will really cut down on the residue left behind.
I know the previous renters in my house used tons of commercial stuff because the whole laundry room reeked of it when we moved in…hence the disgusting washer! My HE locks the lid so once the load starts you cannot open it till it is done. It dose have a cleaning cycle but i cannot open it mid way thru. Wow, these new HE washers are all becoming so tricky. If so, add vinegar first, allow more water to fill, then add baking soda before the load starts.
Run it through on the cleaning cycle. Does your maching have a pressure point that actions the lid closure and starts the machine?? Can u press that and trick machine into thinking it is closed? I can do that with mine. I use a clothes peg and push it into the space and it operates thinking the lid id closed. I took the plunge yesterday. There was a little chemical reaction in that I heard some sizzling going on, but then I started the machine on clean cycle and let it go. Machine looks clean. I never had a problem that I know of with smelly machines in a life time of doing laundry.
I always used vinegar to help clean the inside of soap scum and I always left the lid open to dry the inside. The baking soda soften the water.