Does your clothes smell old and musty? Washing your clothes with the right kind of detergent is crucial, but so is keeping your drawers and closet fresh. If you find changing your detergent does not help, try opening your closet and airing it for at least a couple of hours before placing your clothing back. If that did not work, here are several other ways to keep your wardrobe smelling fresh.
#1. Activated Charcoal
One of the main reasons why your cabinet or wardrobe smells musty is due to the moisture trapped within the wardrobe. Traditionally, homeowners like to scatter moth balls around the closet to prevent mold growth. However, that can lead to your clothes smelling like mothballs too!
In place of mothballs, use activated charcoal instead. They usually are sold in sachets where you can conveniently hang them on your hangers or place them around the wardrobe to help absorb moisture. By keeping your closet dry, it makes it a less ideal breeding spot for pests and insects too!
#2. DIY Diffuser
If you love to spritz perfume on your clothing yet is afraid that it’ll turn the clothing yellowish at the same time, this is the perfect solution for you!
Choose your favourite perfume and spritz them onto cotton balls or some tissue paper. After they have dried out, place them in your drawers and wardrobe. Not only will your wardrobe smell amazing each time you open it, your clothing will be infused with the scent too!
#3. Coffee beans
Coffee beans smell amazing especially for the coffee lovers, but do you know they can absorb any bad odours as well? That’s why during wine tasting, there are coffee beans to help reset our olfactory system!
Place coffee beans in a small box with holes on the lids and place them in your closet to remove the musty smell of the closet. If you’re not a fan of the smell of coffee, we recommend skipping this method.
When the smell of old clothes is way too overpowering to be covered by another scent, try using a mixture of vodka and water instead. Mix vodka and water with a one-to-one ratio, and pour them into a spray bottle. Simply spray over areas that are musty in your closet. As the alcohol evaporates, the odor will evaporate along with it, making your closet stink-free!
If vodka is too expensive (unlike the prices of vodkas in Russia, Singapore’s prices can get pretty steep!) rubbing alcohol works the same way too!
#5. Scented Wooden Hangers
If you have wooden hangers, infuse them with your favourite scent using essential oils! Did you know that essential oils such as lavender, tea tree, lemongrass etc are natural insect repellent? Not only do you have a nice smelling closet, you can keep insects at bay by infusing these scents into your wooden hanger!
If you do not have a wooden hanger, try using old sachet bags that you might have, or diy your own sachet bag from scratch by filling up a small bag with some dried flowers or herbs and dripping a few drops of your favourite essential oils on it.