Throughout the monsoon season doing the laundry can be even more of a chore than usual. With the combination of torrential rain and humid temperatures, it’s hard to keep dry, and as a result: almost impossible to keep clothes clean and fresh. By the end of each day, it’s likely that your clothes will end up damp, dirty, and with that unmistakable smell that only comes from wet clothes.
So how can you keep clothes fresh during the monsoon? From tips on fresh smelling laundry detergent, to advice on how to remove smells from clothes – here are a few to survive the wet weather!
How to Remove Odour from Clothes after Getting Caught in the Rain
If you get caught in a downpour, chances are you’ll be left wearing damp clothes until they naturally dry. The problem here is that as soon as clothes get damp, your body heat will cause any bacteria present in the fabric to multiply, leading to dank and dingy smells. In order to prevent this, try to keep a change of clothes with you, so that you can at least remove the wet ones and stop stuffy smells from bothering you throughout the day.
If you are unable to change, the best bet is to wash your clothes as soon as you arrive home, ideally using a fresh smelling laundry detergent like Rin Refresh. Not only will a fragranced detergent help to remove a musty smell on clothes, but its lemon and rose fragrance will leave behind a much sweeter scent!
How to Wash Smelly Clothes – Tips & Tricks
If damp and musty odours are beginning to linger on clothes (even after they are clean and dry) – try the following clothing odour removal tips!
1) Don’t leave wet clothes lying about
Musty odours worsen as time goes on; so don’t leave the clothes in the washing machine or in the laundry basket. Wash the clothes as soon as possible or if it needs to be dried then hang them up somewhere until they are cleaned.
2) Use a fresh smelling laundry detergent
Rin Refresh is the perfect detergent for revitalizing damp and dingy clothes. Formulated to leave clothes clean, bright, and with the lingering scent of lemon and rose – it’ll make fabric fresh and clean once more.
3) Add vinegar or baking soda to the wash
Add a cup of white vinegar or baking soda into the wash, alongside a good quality detergent like Rin Matic if using the washing machine, or Rin Detergent Powder if washing clothes in a bucket. This will neutralize bad odours and help to get rid of that unpleasant stale smell.
4) Line dry clothes
When the weather is unpredictable, you might not get the chance to hang clothes outside. But, if the sun does peek out of the clouds (or even if the rain stops for a while), take the opportunity to dry your clothes! The natural air and warming effect of the sun’s rays will ensure clothes dry fresh, clean, and sweet smelling. Alternatively, dry your clothes in areas where you can open the windows or ensure good ventilation.
When the monsoon season strikes, there’s no reason to let the rain dampen your mood – with these tips, you’ll know how to remove smells from clothes and keep yourself clean, fresh, and dry (for a while, at least).
- Wash wet clothes as soon as possible.
- Hang clothes to dry outside, or in bright and airy conditions.
- Carry a fresh shirt in case of weather emergencies.