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How to Get the Fish Smell Out of Clothes

Do your clothes smell like fish because you've been cooking or fishing? Learn how to get rid of the fishy smell on your clothes and fabrics quickly and easily.

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Question

How do I get the smell of bait out of my boyfriends’ clothes?

Answer

Wow—I could really get into this question given that I go fishing every summer.  I would need some more information, though.  What type of fishing does he do—salt or fresh water?  What type of bait does he like—PowerBait, salmon eggs, worms, etc…  Also, what type of clothing does he wear for fishing?  Personally, I swear by a Gold 502 Super Duper lure for high alpine lakes in the Eastern Sierra.  I wash my fishing related clothing in hot water with detergent and  powdered Clorox2® Stain Remover and Color Booster, but I only have to deal with stains and odors related to cleaning fish—lures don’t leave behind an odor.

Readers – how do you remove that fishy smell from your clothing?