How to Remove Stubborn Body Odor From a Sweater

Use lemons to remove body odor from a sweater.

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While pulling a favorite sweater over your head, you inhale a hefty dose of body odor. Perspiration seeps into fabric fibers, gripping the threads with unyielding force. Force out the funky fragrance from your fave sweater with odor-destroying cleaners.

Lemon Juice


Cut two lemons in half and squeeze the liquid into a closed sink. Place the sweater into the sink.


Add enough cool water to the sink to cover the sweater. Swish the clothing around to distribute the liquid throughout the material. Leave the sweater to soak in the lemon fragrance for 30 minutes.


Drain the sink and gently squeeze out the excess liquid from the sweater. Avoid wringing the material as you could stretch the fabric.


Wash the sweater normally with 1 tbsp. liquid detergent. Remove the sweater from the washer and dry outside on the clothesline or inside on a drying rack.

Baking Soda


Fill a clean bucket with tepid water. Mix in 1/2 cup baking soda. Stir the water with your hand to dissolve the soda completely.


Dunk the sweater in the bucket. Move the sweater in the water to disburse the baking soda evenly. Leave the sweater soaking for 30 minutes.


Take the bucket to the washer and place the sweater inside. Launder normally with 1 tbsp. liquid detergent. Dry the sweater according to the care label or on a drying rack.

Dry-Clean Only Sweaters


Lay a towel on an outdoor table. Place the sweater on the towel.


Sprinkle baking soda lightly over one side of the sweater, then turn over and sprinkle it on the opposite side. Leave the sweater in the sun for 2 to 3 hours. The sun kills any bacteria, while the baking soda absorbs the odor.


Shake the sweater to remove the baking soda from the material. Have the sweater dry-cleaned at the next opportunity.

Things You'll Need


1.2 lemons

3.Drying rack

2.Liquid detergent

4.Baking soda


Tips & Tricks


Clean sweaters soon after body odor invades the material to reduce the chance of lingering odors.

Test a small segment of the fabric with the lemon or baking soda before treatment to make sure it does not affect the dyes in the material.


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