View Poll Results: Best method to get rid of BO in clothes? (NOT DIAPERS!)
baking soda 28 28.87%
vinegar 43 44.33%
more detergent/change detergent 23 23.71%
other -please explain 24 24.74%
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Old 02-02-2010, 05:27 PM   #1
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Hi mamas,

This is embarassing but here we go. I don't think I have a BO problem (I shower everyday and I wear deodorant/antitranspirant religiously). But EVERY TIME I wear my clothes, the armpit area begins to smell. Not much, but enough for me to notice. At first I thought it was me (I even took my blouse/t-shirt off in the bathroom and sniffed my armpits...no smell). I have tried adding more detergent, more fabric softener, repeated washes, and even hotter water but to no avail. The smell seems to get stronger as times passes by. What can I do?

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Old 02-02-2010, 05:35 PM   #2
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Luckily I have never had to deal with this but I think some vinager would do the trick
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Old 02-02-2010, 05:53 PM   #3
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I am not sure. Maby sports wash. I had this problem until I washed with it. HTH
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Old 02-02-2010, 05:56 PM   #4
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I may be wrong but I think adding more detergent will make it worse because of the build up in the fabric, Hubby works in a wharehouse stacking heavy boxes and is always sweaty. I wash with soap nuts and use baking soda in the wash and vinegar in the rinse cycle. I do not use softener. HTH
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Old 02-02-2010, 05:59 PM   #5
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The most effective remedy that I've used is to wet the shirt, scrub the spot with a brush and some baking soda paste and let sit for a few minutes. Then wash the clothes with your regular detergent and a cup of white vinegar.
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Old 02-02-2010, 06:03 PM   #6
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Line drying or bac-out?
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Old 02-02-2010, 06:17 PM   #7
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Old 02-02-2010, 06:41 PM   #8
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Chances are, the odour is trapped in the build-up of deodorant on the shirt. I'd scrub with some Oxyclean made into paste with a bit of water. Then add some baking soda and vinegar to the wash.
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Tide and Oxyclean works really well. I do this with all of my DH's icky work clothes and it takes all the smells out.
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