How do I remove a sour smell from some of my laundry?

It's the neck band of some T-shirts and the waist band of some boxers.

  11 answers
  • Nancy Turner Nancy Turner on Sep 26, 2017
    I use Tide Sport with Febreeze and never have a problem with clothes retaining odors after being washed. With the heat outside this year I expected to have to rewash a few things, especially my sons t-shirts, but all were odor free!


  • Caroline Power Gangl Caroline Power Gangl on Sep 26, 2017
    I use Tide Sport with 1/4 cup of borax and 1/4 cup of Arm & Hammer Washing Soda (not baking soda).

  • Precious Pins Precious Pins on Sep 26, 2017
    If you have a top loading ma vine, before theowing in your clothes in the wash, let the water accumulate with the detergent. Then throw in your clothes with a cup of vinegar. Let sit in the hot water, detergent and vinegar mixture for 15-30 minutes and really soak the clothing before closing the door & having the cycle start.

  • Ken Ken on Sep 26, 2017
    The old standby, vinegar. Mom used to use it to get sweaty smells out of her laundry. Use fabric softener in your rinse afterward, but even if you don't the vinegar smell won't stay around long.

  • Florida Beachpotato Florida Beachpotato on Sep 26, 2017
    Use a cup of vinegar in washload thats stinky, 1/2 a cup with sweaty load next time.

  • Geezer Wench Geezer Wench on Sep 26, 2017
    I've had the same problem. In your washing machine with your usual laundry detergent, try including 1 cup of baking soda in the wash cycle and, instead of liquid fabric softener, about 1 cup of distilled white vinegar in the rinse cycle. My washing machine has automatic dispensers and I use warm water. I include white vinegar in the wash cycle, as well. It may take a few washes, but you will notice a difference.

    Currently on Amazon (09/26/17), a 13.5 pound bag of Arm and Hammer Baking Soda sells for $14.95. We go through a lot of it.

  • I would try vinegar in the rinse cup instead of fabric softener (I do not use commercial products) or just know when your rinse cycle starts and pour in a cup of white vinegar for a full load.

  • Susan Massey Susan Massey on Sep 26, 2017
    I hang my clothes on the line to dry....sunshine fresh!

  • Thelma Thelma on Sep 26, 2017
    Rinse them with some baking soda in the water and make sure they are dry before storing them. May need more time in the dryer or on the line.