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9 Easy Ways to Make Your Closet (And Clothes) Smell Good

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Jessica
08.11.15

Smells are powerful. So powerful, in fact, that according to a study from Oxford University found scent to be the most important factor when determining sexual attraction.

That gives the scent-status of your wardrobe a whole new level of importance, right?

If your closet’s smell isn’t doing you any favors right now, try one or more of these nine tricks to make your clothes smell great:

1. Coffee Grounds

Coffee grounds absorb foul odors, so placing a can of grounds in your closet will eliminate stink. Simply poke a few holes in a container filled with grounds, close the lid and store it in the closet. Once a month, switch out the can to keep things fresh.

2. Bar Soap

When a bar of soap gets warm, it releases a sweet-smelling scent that you can use to make your clothes more fragrant. So, pick a type of soap that smells good to you and try this out:

Place folded clothes in a large box or storage container with a lid, and cover the clothes with a breathable cloth like a napkin or thin tablecloth. Set the soap on top. Close the lid and set the box aside. After about four hours, the clothes in the box will have absorbed the scent of the soap.

3. Cotton Balls and Perfume

Perfume won’t make a bad smell go away, but it sure will cover up staleness. Spritz your favorite perfume onto a few cotton balls and then place the cotton balls on a closet shelf or in drawers.

5. Herbs in Cotton Bags

Fill small cotton bags with your favorite herb. (We recommend lavender or lemongrass.) Secure the top and place the bags inside your closet. Tip: Try placing a few packets in the pockets of your jackets or infrequently-worn clothes to keep them fresh.

6. Linen Spray

To make your own linen spray, grab a spray bottle and your favorite essential oil. Add a few drops of essential oils to the spray bottle, and then fill the bottle to the top with water. Lightly spritz your clothes with the linen spray and enjoy the scent. Or, if you don’t fill like DIYing your spray, you can buy a lavender spray that’s ready to go.

7. Strong-Scented Wood

Have you ever noticed how great some wood smells? Like sandalwood, which is all spicy and earthy and wonderful. Well, you can make your clothes smell like that pretty easily. Just stash a small piece of wood in your closet.

Where do you find sandalwood? Try Home Depot, a specialty hardware store or a local lumberyard.

8. Febreze

Store bought odor eliminators have scientists that came up with odor-neutralizing formulas. So, they’ll definitely take care of a stale or nasty smell. Plus, they’re inexpensive!

9. Vinegar

If you’re backed into a laundry corner and need to wear a dirty shirt for a day (trust us, we’ve all been there) vinegar is your best option. Turn the garment inside out. Mix equal parts vinegar and water into a spray bottle. Squirt a small amount on the fabric, paying special attention to the stinky areas (like armpits). Don’t worry that you’ll smell like vinegar – the scent dissipates as it dries so you’ll be good-to-go in a few minutes. 

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