How to Remove the Smell of Cedar Wood in Clothing

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Vinegar is a deodorizer and mild disinfectant.

Clothing that is stored in drawers or chests made of cedar tends to absorb the scent of the cedar over time. Sometimes clothes pick up cedar smells because a cedar chip was used in a storage container to ward off insects. Regular washing alone often does not eliminate this strong odor. Remedy the smell of cedar on your clothing items by using a natural, inexpensive odor-neutralizing product that you may already have right in your home.


Step 1

Soak the clothing for 45 minutes in a solution of one part white vinegar to two parts water.

Step 2

Launder the clothing as you normally would, according to the garment's directions.

Step 3

Place the clothing outside in a well-ventilated, sunny area to dry. Air and sunshine also help to remove clothing odors.


Avoid leaving colored clothing outside for longer than an hour, as the sunlight may fade the color.



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