Your Questions: Odors on Clothes

Advice from Dr. Laundry
Q.

Can you tell me how to get the odor out of my business blouses, shirts, and jackets? Specifically, I have a new dark burgundy jacket that I’ve worn to work three times, and already I can smell it. It’s made of polyester, nylon and spandex. The cleaning instructions say: hand wash in cold water, no bleach. I hope you can advise!

A.

The issue here is the recommended hand wash in cold water is NOT sufficient to remove the perspiration odor. The products and cold water means you are using a delicate procedure on a heavy-duty problem. Once the residual odor casing bacteria penetrate the fibers they have the perfect growth environment with your warm body temperature. I might recommend you try dry cleaning and see if this does better for you. I know it’s more expensive but the process has much better chance of removing more residual odor causing bacteria.