The Cheap Trick For Making Clothes Not Smell Like B.O. (You Don't Have To Wash Them)

July 6, 2016 by Justine Schwartz
shefinds | Style

We’ve all been there: you wear a dress or jeans on a hot day, you sweat a little (or a lot) and then at the end of the day you wonder if you need to wash said item or if you can hang it back up in your closet. There’s no shame in the game–over-washing items is bad for the environment (just ask the SEO of Levi’s who never washes his). If there aren’t visible stains, you can get away with not washing them–you just need to deal with the odor issue. I’ve got a hack for that.

Well, actually I stole it from that Levi’s dude (he’s on fire!). You just need to put them in the freezer. I know–it’s so simple. You’re probably wondering… does that really work? The answer is yes, storing your clothing (inside a Ziploc bag or a canvas bag, that is) inside the freezer overnight kills germs, gets rid of body odor and some internet folks even say it makes clothing “feel cleaner.”

READ MORE: This Is How To Avoid Sweating Through Your Dress While Sitting

You will need to clean out some space in your freezer (aka, finish that tub of ice cream). But think about it–your freezer is running anyways, so it’s a completely guilt-free (aka environmentally friendly) way to get the job done. Washing your clothes is technically the only way to completely sterilize germs–but you don’t need that every time (you wear underwear, right? Forget it, don’t answer that).

There are other limitations to this method, of course. According to ELLE, the freezer won’t shrink your clothes if they are stretched out (aka, it won’t bring jeans back into shape). The trick for that is to turn them inside out and throw them in the dryer for a few minutes without washing them.

So–let us know in the comments: will you be trying the freezer trick next time you’re too lazy to wash something you’ve sweated in?

READ MORE: How To Get Rid Of Those Annoying Underarm Dark Dots You Get From Shaving

[Photo: Song Of Style]


Editorial Director

Justine Schwartz is a veteran women's lifestyle editor; she's written extensively about style & beauty tips, health advice and wedding planning for more than a decade. Her work has appeared in New York Magazine, Huffington Post and New York Weddings. Justine has been with SheFinds since 2010; you can reach her via email at [email protected]

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