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May 16, 2009 12:58 PM

Getting food smells out of clothes and such

My laundry room/ bathroom, is off my kitchen, and so is my porch and I don't have a proper fan off my stove or great ventilation here. Sometimes I hang things in the shower to dry, and of course usually have my coats hung up in the porch. Summer's just about here and I'm hanging clothes out on nice days, but i've noticed a few times when i've been cooking with onions or garlic that the smells are definitely making their way into some of my clothes.

Now I love onions and garlic, I just don't want to smell like them, and I don't want to constantly dry clean my coats. Candles don't seem to do much good and products like febreeze or what not, don't remove the smells from the coats.

Is there something better I could be doing to prevent this?

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  1. i have the same problem - the odors even penetrate my closet doors...they get into everything from clothes to linens. i'd love to hear a solution if anyone has one!

    1. Have you tried an inexpensive "steamer" thing? Steam is pretty amazing in its ability to kill germs, mildew, etc. Worth a try? adam

      1. if you have a window in the kitchen, try placing a fan on the sill, blowing outwards, and another fan blowing away from the clothing. that works wonders.

        1. In a pinch, I put the "infected" clothing item for a quick spin in the dryer with a Bounch/Cling Free type dryer sheet. Seems to work (although there is the guilt of using the electricity for that purpose)...