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Armpits of clothes smelling as soon as I wear them - help!

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marellocherry25 Thu 21-Apr-16 10:31:33

I'm trying to figure out why my clothes are smelling so much.

I was my clothes on a 30 degree wash, the washing machine is cleaned regularly and I leave it open after loads to make sure it doesn't mildew. I air dry the clothes

My clothes smell lovely when they've been washed but 30 minutes after wearing them my armpits smell horribly of BO. I use salt of the earth deodorant. However, I'm unsure if that's the issue as sleeveless tops do not smell. Only sleeved ones.

I have tried washing at 40 and putting dettol in the wash with my clothes but nothing helps. Do you have any suggestions?


LilyTP Thu 21-Apr-16 10:47:27

In the past, I have had a couple of tops that smelt a bit BO-y when I ironed them - I imagine it's the same thing, a bit of inground yuck, which is brought back to smelly-life by the heat of your armpit (or my iron).

I couldn't find a way of getting them clean-smelling again either - though if a hotter wash and Dettol doesn't work I'd try soaking them in diluted bicarb, or Dettol or Napisan for a few hours and scrubbing the armpits before a normal machine wash.

I believe that most antiperspirants just block your pores, stopping the sweat from getting out, where as SoTE doesn't block pores, instead neutralise the smelly bacteria with naturally occuring antibacterial agents. So the sweat itself still soaks into your clothes - but doesn't smell at the time (as you're wearing the antibacterial deod), however unless it's removed from the clothes it starts to smell in the fabric.

You probably have very sensible reasons for choosing SoTE deodorant - I use Mitchum, and I haven't noticed any yucky smells since I started using it.

Branleuse Thu 21-Apr-16 10:51:15

run all your tops on a hotter wash with biological detergent, at least once, and then start wearing proper anti-perspirant

LoveAGoodToddlerTantrum Thu 21-Apr-16 10:55:42

I find using fabric softener makes my tops do that. I stopped using it and use a tumble dryer sheet to make them soft and haven't had this problem since.

SiencynArsecandle Thu 21-Apr-16 11:05:44

My son's school shirts have this problem despite him smelling very sweet! I use a liberal spray of white vinegar on each pit and leave to soak in for half an hour before putting them in a normal 40 degree wash. Its certainly helped.

Sothatsflatwhite Thu 21-Apr-16 11:17:07

Sometimes fabric softener makes my clothes smell awful too if they are squashed in a drawer for a few days after washing.

Not in the armpits though

TheSpottedZebra Thu 21-Apr-16 11:23:43

Agree - the deodorant is not effective enough, alas.

pinktransit Thu 21-Apr-16 12:08:16

I had some tops like that, and following advice from on here soaked them in Napisan and washed without using fabric softener. It worked brilliantly - although I have got back into bad habits and bought softener, and now some tops smell again.

AnthonyPandy Thu 21-Apr-16 12:21:12

60 degrees and bio powder every time.

snowgirl1 Thu 21-Apr-16 12:41:28

There's a washing liquid that is designed especially for sport clothes called 'Halo' (Sainsbury's sell it), and it might be worth giving that a go too as it's supposed to get rid of the bacteria which causes odour. It's non-bio.

blobbityblob Thu 21-Apr-16 13:04:02

I think for me it was the deodorant leaving residue on the clothes which wouldn't wash out. I use Simple roll on deodorant now which leaves no residue. But the clothes affected didn't really recover. The new ones have no marks and no smell.

marellocherry25 Thu 21-Apr-16 13:29:51

Thanks for all the advice!

As LilyTP says I have reasons for wearing the deodorant I do. I'm going to do all the things you mentioned at once :D

Madbengalmum Thu 21-Apr-16 13:55:01

Dettol laundry wash is most effective and least harsh on clothes. Use it for OH sports and towels, better than halo etc which has taken colour out of things in past

dairyfarmerswife Thu 21-Apr-16 14:06:41

I have found spraying with anti bacterial surface spray seems to work. Dettol or supermarket own brand, the kind of thing that is safe for use in high chairs, food prep areas etc

Grumpyoldblonde Thu 21-Apr-16 14:45:13

I bet these are mostly dark tops? tightish around the arm pit? If so it is a really common problem, I believe it is something to do with the dye chemicals, its not you anyway! I spray anti bac in the pits of black t-shirts and hot wash.
It is horrible to smell that BO smell rising despite having showered and put on a clean top, but there are lots of threads all over the internet about this issue.

GrubbyWindows Fri 22-Apr-16 10:35:22

I get this occasionally too- a bio wash at 40, with a few drops of tea tree oil right in the armpits of the garment, generally sorts it. Scrubbing with bicarb can help too, but is harsher on the fabric.
Also drying in the sun and the wind (which means on a hangar out of the window for us, as we have no outside space)
I'd rather do that every so often than use antiperspirant too! Although I have never got on with the salt ones, I like green people's unfragranced one.

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