How to Remove Smell From Burlap Fabric

Burlap is a type of jute fabric that is used for multiple purposes, such as bags, crafts, mats, curtains and even clothing. Burlap is a popular fabric choice because it is durable and inexpensive. If you have burlap fabric that acquires a foul odor, you must take care in treating the fabric. Washing some burlap fabrics in a washing machine can distort them severely. With a little work and some gentle cleaning products, you should be able to rid your burlap of any unpleasant smells.


Step 1

Place the burlap in a well-ventilated, dry area outdoors. Let the fabric air for several hours.

Step 2

Sprinkle some baking soda onto the burlap and let it sit for an hour.

Step 3

Shake out the baking soda and check for any lingering odors.

Step 4

Soak the burlap in white vinegar for 30 minutes if you still detect an odor.

Step 5

Rinse the burlap with water and spread it out to dry.

Charlotte Johnson

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