Remove Stink from Clothing


Stink is almost everywhere–people wash their clothing, using smelly fabric softeners and/or detergent.  The stink is found in their vehicles, in offices and stores where stinky air fresheners volatize into the air.

For a 21st century canary, who is sensitive to the smelliness of stink, has a difficult time these days buying new clothes at malls or used clothes at thrift shops or yard sales.  Just to be exposed to the smelly stinkiness is a danger; but one has to dress and needs everyday things.

What are some of the solutions after having been exposed to toxins when shopping out of necessity?  A common solution has been to soak the clothes in baking soda, borax, and/or vinegar and to wash them dozens of times, usually in less toxic, unscented detergents.  Often such measures have failed to remove the aggressive and dangerous stink from the toxic effects of clothing production, in-transit-to-market practices, or previous owner’s detergent and/or fabric softener.

Because the canary’s health is at stake, the canary is often seeking other alternatives (pre-soaking with baking soda, borax, and vinegar are still go-to solutions and essential):

If baking soda, borax, and vinegar do not do the trick, here are five ways to solve stink:  They are named “Five S’s of Solving Stink” by Umbra of

Clothes on a washing lineFive S’s of Solving Stink

  • Soak clothes overnight in water mixed with up to a quarter cup of milk, powdered milk, or salt
  • Spritz your duds with vodka, or add it to the rinse cycle
  • Sprinkle a few drops of essential oils or grapefruit seed extract in the wash (test for stain potential first)
  • Select alternative detergents such as goat’s milk or soap nuts
  • Sun the clothes, hanging them outside for a few hours or days. Of course, depending on how severe your sensitivities are, you will need to be careful about the pollutants floating through the air in your neighborhood.  Remember, now whether or not you neighbor’s dryer vents are not contaminating your air (go to dryer sheets)


If you have hard water, consider adding vinegar to the wash.  And use fresh lemon juice in the wash….

Unfortunately, the multiple uses of toxic, synthetic chemicals in everyday products affect humans and other beings at large; and their often unnecessary use is a fiendish byproduct of modern life.  One must assume responsibility to take care of oneself as best as possible to have some sense of solace and solutions.  While doing such, one takes care of others.

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From a Yellow Canary of the 21st century, living in our disabling biosphere

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