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Does your jacket smell like sweat? Here are 4 tips to remove that smell

Especially near the armpits, a jacket can really start to smell

One item of clothing that most people own is a jacket. These days, you can wear it with pretty much any outfit and during soft spring weather, it’ll also function as a perfectly fine coat. A definite must in everyone’s wardrobe! But if you wear your jacket often, there’s a good chance it will start to emit a nasty sweat odour, particularly near the armpits.

Luckily, we’ve got a couple of tips on how to get rid of that smell.


There are a few handy tips that might be able to help you get rid of the sweat odour from your jacket. Of course, the best way would be to take it to the dry cleaner’s every now and then, but this can potentially cost you a lot of money. If you’d rather spend that money on something else and you’d like to go for a cheaper option, we’ve got you covered. These easy tips might have your jacket smelling fresh again in no time at all. And you only need a few simple things!


  • Vinegar and water: Fill a bucket with a considerable amount of vinegar and lukewarm water. Put the jacket in the bucket and let it soak properly. Then, put it in the washing machine and wash it on the usual programme with some laundry detergent and fabric softener. The jacket will maintain its shape and quality and the sweat odour will be gone completely.
  • Spray bottle: Another option is to fill a spray bottle with lukewarm water and vinegar. Turn the jacket inside out and spray the inside of the jacket with the vinegar mixture. Let it hang outside in the fresh air for a night and the next day the sweat odour should have disappeared.
  • Special clothing spray: These days you can buy special clothing sprays. On the internet, many people recommend the clothing sprays made by the brands Febreze or Ambi-Pur. For this method, you have to turn the jacket inside out as well, spray it and let it air outside overnight.
  • Freezer: Do you have a new jacket? Put it in the freezer overnight first. This will prevent the sweat odours from your armpits to be able to soak into the fabric.