The strong aroma of perfume can either be the perfect added fragrance to your clothing or an overwhelming stench that is taking over the entire fabric. Perfumes are something that many people can be severely sensitive to, with those plagued with allergies or environmental illness majorly impacted by these scents. These perfumes can sometimes be very difficult to remove from clothing – especially when these perfume smells come from laundry detergent or fabric softener. Laundry detergent and fabric softeners are some of the worst because these products use a silicone formula that coats ever fiber. These fragrances are made up of chemicals that make the perfume smell, but these chemicals can be quite hazardous.
Air Out Fabrics: When you hang your strong perfume smelling clothes outside for air to flush out the perfume chemical odors it will help to remove those strong scents in the fabric. The length of time that the clothes need to be outside for depends on the strength of the perfume and how saturated the clothes are with the scent – it may take a couple hours or a couple weeks.
Give Your Fabrics a Good Soaking: Clothing that is filled with perfume smells can sometimes require a more extensive treatment that a run through your washing machine. Soaking your fabrics may be necessary when perfume is overtaking your clothes. When you are soaking your clothes, you will want to use a big sink, bathtub, or even a big bucket. Fill the sink or tub with warm water, enough to cover the clothing and add an effective fragrance removal laundry enhancer to the water. The EnviroKlenz Laundry Enhancer is an effective laundry odor and chemical neutralizer enhancer that is able to remove noxious odors, chemical odors, and fragrances from linens and fabrics. Let the clothing soak in the warm water, laundry enhancer mixture for at least 30 minutes or longer, depending on the strength of the perfume, and once it is done soaking run the items in the washing machine with an unscented detergent.
Air Out Fabrics Again: After you get done running your clothing through the washing machine, instead of using the dryer to dry your clothing, try hanging your clothes outside to dry. Sunlight will help remove any residual odors still left on the fabrics, be sure to hang dark colors in the shade as the sun can fade colors. If you still need to dry your clothes after hanging them to dry, place the clothes in the dryer on a low-temperature setting like the permanent-press option, because high temperatures can cause remaining odor molecules to adhere to the fabric and leave an odor.