How to Get Rid of a Bad Smell in Dyed Fabric

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Things You'll Need

  • Bucket

  • White vinegar

  • Laundry detergent

  • Drying rack

  • Baking soda


Commercial fabric softener can be added to the rinse cycle, in place of the white vinegar, to add a fresh smell to the dyed fabric.

Fresh air effectively combats odor. Hang the fabric outdoors after dying and repeat this each day until the odor is gone.

Bright dye colors can leave chemical odor in the fabric.
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Recently dyed fabric can retain a chemical odor from the dye. The lingering odor makes it undesirable to wear the newly dyed garment. Rather than hang the clothing in the back of the closet, only to be forgotten, simple measures help deodorize the chemical dye smell. Because fabric is a porous material, odors that are absorbed into the fibers can also be removed. With the right techniques and supplies, bad dye smell can be successfully removed from your fabric.


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Step 1

Place the newly dyed fabric in a bucket. Fill the bucket with enough white vinegar to cover the fabric. Allow the fabric to soak in the vinegar for 30 minutes. White vinegar is a natural odor neutralizer and also sets the new dye in the fabric.

Step 2

Many odors can easily be removed in the washing machine.
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Launder the fabric according to the care label instructions. Add 1 cup white vinegar to the rinse cycle to further deodorize the fabric dye odor.


Step 3

Fresh air is a natural odor remover.
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Hang dry the fabric outdoors on a drying rack or inside, near an open window. Allow the fresh air to dry and freshen the fabric.


Step 4

Treat remaining fabric dye odor on the fabric by laying the fabric on a flat surface. Sprinkle baking soda over the fabric to absorb the smell. Leave the baking soda on the fabric overnight. Shake the baking soda off and wash again, if needed.