How to Get Perfume Out of Clothes

Perfume can linger on clothing even after multiple washings.

Although this may not be a problem some of the time, there are a lot of reasons why lingering perfume in a garment may not be a good thing. First, if you wear different fragrances on different days, the two scents can interfere with each other. Second, the fragrance can irritate others if you are giving the garment away. Finally, some clothing retailers spritz perfume in the store and on your clothing that may not be to your taste.

Place the perfumed garment in the washing machine, and add the proper amount of laundry detergent, as usual.

Pour 1 cup of distilled white vinegar in the washer.

Run the laundry cycle as usual, and then dry your garment.

Things You Will Need

  • Washing machine
  • Laundry detergent
  • 1 cup distilled white vinegar

Tips

  • You can also allow the garment to air out outside for a week. The scent will dissipate on its own in time.
  • Febreze spray can also work, but it leaves a different scent behind.

Warning

  • Don't use a colored vinegar, which could stain the garment.

About the Author

Antonia Sorin started writing in 2004. She is an independent writer, filmmaker and motion graphics designer based in Raleigh, North Carolina. She has completed work for the Long Leaf Opera Company, the former Exploris Museum and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. She graduated from Thomas Edison State College in New Jersey with a Bachelor of Arts in communications.