Reader E has a fabulous question that we have always wondered about: what to do when dry cleaning does not remove the smell…
I just got some dresses back from the cleaner – a good one that I’ve been using for years – and noted that the underarm areas smelled less than fresh. What can I do about this, short of sending the dresses back to the cleaner (and possibly having them no fresher)? I’ve been trying to switch to washable shirts – detergent + Oxy Clean do a better job of getting rid of the stink. But meanwhile, what of the dresses?
Honestly, we’ve had this problem also, and don’t know what to say. (Pictured: Stinky Bklyn, originally uploaded to Flickr by abbyladybug.) We’ve taken them back to the drycleaner, sprayed Febreeze, and more. We almost worry that once the clothes have been drycleaned the stink is, well, stuck on them. We wish we could say the problem were limited to some particular fabric, but we’ve noticed it with natural fibers as well as polyester. Perhaps there’s a secret trick we’re missing that a reader can clue us in on?
The best advice we can offer is to let your clothes airdry completely between wearings. Hang them up outside the closet before you put them away, and do the same before you take them to the drycleaner.
But readers, we’re really curious — any other tips?
Pictured (2019 Update): Deposit Photos / piotr_marcinski.