When we wash our clothes and linens, we expect them to come out of the dryer clean, fluffy and smelling fresh. We don’t want to be sitting somewhere five hours later, sniffing our clean clothes and thinking, “Am I smelling this?” “.
To get rid of lingering odors in our laundry and to avoid any unhealthy side effects when they come into contact with our skin, we need to understand where they come from and what is effective against them.
Here are some common laundry odors and ways to get rid of them.
The smell in the armpits of your shirt could be from anxiety or from a workout, either way the root cause of this odor could be sweat. Although sweat does not give off an odor on its own, the odor is the result of an interaction between bacteria and secretions from your apocrine gland. The type of fabric you wear can actually make things smell smellier. Microbial growth is much greater with much more odors in synthetic t-shirts.
Leaving tangled clothes in a stuffed gym bag or basket can allow bacteria to grow. Take them out, shake them out, and let the air get to them until you’re ready to wash them.
Then the pre-treatment
If regular washing is not enough to remove the smell, pre-soak your clothes for half an hour in a 1:4 solution of vinegar and water.
Another effective natural method is to pre-wash with half a cup of baking soda in a sink filled with water.
Wash and dry according to label instructions.
Bromodosis, the medical name for foot odor, is not caused by sweaty feet. It is caused by bacteria, often from the Brevibacterium family.
The odor is produced when bacteria break down sweat and body cells. dead skin on your feet. Foot odor can also be caused by a fungal infection. If you improve your foot hygiene without eliminating the odor, you may need to talk to your doctor.
There are two ways to eliminate foot odor:
Treat your feet
Adopt good foot hygiene by:
washing and drying your feet thoroughly every every day
wear moisture-wicking socks (even in winter)
Alternate your shoes so you don’t wear the same pair every day.
Antifungal and antiperspirant sprays can help. There is also evidence that juniper essential oil can help with foot odor. Buy juniper oil here.
Soak your socks
The second way to get rid of a smell of unpleasant foot is to deal with your laundry. If foot odor still clings to your socks after they have been washed and dried, try soaking the offending socks in a vinegar bath:
Use two cups of vinegar white per liter of water and soak the socks for 30 minutes.
Rinse off the vinegar and wash them as habit.
Ammonia smell in cloth diapers
If you are one of the growing number of families using cloth diapers, you may notice a buildup of ammonia odor over time, even after washing diapers. Ammonia can cause a mild chemical burn, this reaction is more common when babies wear cloth diapers.
To get rid of ammonia buildup, some diaper manufacturers recommend stripping layers. This simply means that you are removing any residue that might trap odors or reduce the absorbency of the diaper.
To strip diapers:
Place them in your washing machine and add half a pack of wash additive
Rinse several times until there is no more “foam”.
You can also use the bathtub for this process.
Presse Santé strives to transmit health knowledge in a language accessible to all. Under NO CIRCUMSTANCES can the information given replace the advice of a health professional.
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