How to Remove Strong Fragrance From Skin and Clothes - Daily Hudson Valley News

How to Remove Strong Fragrance From Skin and Clothes

Jun 6th, 2013 | By | Category: Lifestyle

Getting a whiff of a sweet fragrance as you brush by someone is lovely, but we all know what it’s like to be near someone who’s obviously applied way too much perfume or cologne. When someone wears too much of a scent, our senses can become irritated. Some people even have an allergic or, worse, asthmatic reaction to strong aromas. Here are a few fixes when you’ve applied too much of your favorite fragrance to either your clothing or your skin.

•     To get rid of excess scent on clothes, spray fabric freshener onto the garments and tumble dry for a few minutes.

•      Perfume stains can create overpowering smells, too. Scrub a stain with peroxide and vinegar. If you’ve stained white clothing, use a 450 ml bottle of peroxide to restore color.

•      To remove perfume or cologne from your skin, rinse with cool water for one minute and then dry thoroughly.

•      Wash clothing using scent-free detergent. Add ½ cup of vinegar to the rinse cycle. After washing, rinse clothing in water and hang to dry.

•     Add one cup of baking soda and scent-free laundry detergent to a small bucket filled with water. Mix together. Soak clothing in solution for a few hours or overnight, depending on how strong the perfume smell is. Rinse with water.

•      Make a paste from ½ cup of baking soda and ½ cup of warm water. Rub it on the area of your skin that has too much perfume. Let the paste sit on your skin for ten minutes. Rinse using warm water.

•      If the perfume is overwhelming your car, close your windows and turn the air conditioning on. Place an open bottle of vinegar in the car. Turn the AC off after a few minutes. Leave the vinegar in the car for 24 hours. Open your windows to air out your car. Clean the upholstery and seats. Since leather absorbs scent easily, make sure to use leather-safe products. If the perfume smell is still very strong, consider having your car professionally cleaned and detailed.

Prevent the problem in the first place by not spraying perfume directly on your skin or clothes. Instead, spray it in front of you and walk through it. If you can still smell perfume on your skin half an hour after spraying it, you know you’ve applied too much.


Lindsay Pietroluongo is a full-time freelance writer in the Hudson Valley. Her work has appeared in the Poughkeepsie Journal and Chronogram magazine. Lindsay also writes business content and marketing materials for professionals. Visit Lindsay on the Rocks and Poison Apple Ink to learn more. Lindsay can be seen on Hudson Valley Insider each Thursday under the Lifestyle section.


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