Remove odors from vintage fabrics safely and easily

When you live in a house for almost a decade, you tend to accumulate a lot of stuff. Not just new stuff, either. With every home my husband and I have purchased, we’ve brought boxes from our previous home to go through later. Later is now for me!


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I’ve been going through the older boxes and was surprised to unearth some of my grandmother’s old doilies and lace panels. They had that old, boxed-up, musty smell only vintage fabrics can get. Armed with some research and a laundry enhancer from today’s sponsor, EnviroKlenz, I was able to remove the odors from these vintage fabrics safely and easily. 


This is a sponsored post on behalf of EnviroKlenz. I received information to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.


To say I loved my grandmother is an understatement! I adored her and I can remember our last visit when she handed me these hand-made doilies and her lace panels I’d always admired. I promised to treasure them and I did until life and kids and moves happened. Then they got boxed up and labeled mementos and that was that until recently. 

When I opened that box and saw them carefully stored on top, a wave of love for my sweet grandma washed over me again and I wondered if they still smelled like her. They did not. They stunk! So I took action. 


Step One: Air out vintage fabrics:

I love the fresh, clean scent of laundry pulled off a clothes line, don’t you? It’s hard to explain that perfect mix of clean laundry, sunshine and fresh air, but I love it and was hopeful a day in the sun would help my vintage fabrics. It did, but only to a degree. 


Step Two: Soak vintage fabrics:

Do a quick Google or Pinterest search and you’ll find a bevy of cleaning fabric solutions. You can use baking soda, white vinegar, essential oils and on and on. I opted to soak my vintage fabrics in baking soda and cold water for 20 minutes.  That helped remove some of the old musty smell, but there was still the hint of odor and I could feel the old starch in the pieces when I rung them out. I had to wash them in a stronger product than baking soda, but was concerned about their delicate state. Enter EnviroKlenz laundry enhancer.


Step Three: Wash on delicate cycle adding EnviroKlenz Laundry Enhancer:


EnviroKlenz laundry enhancer


I had selected to receive a complimentary bottle of EnviroKlenz laundry enhancer to have on hand to help remove odors from fabrics after cookouts, bonfires, camping etc. and I’m truly glad I did. I loved the fact that their laundry enhancer is an natural odor neutralizer and is:

  • Non-Toxic
  • Fragrance Free
  • Made From Earth Minerals
  • Earth-friendly


 Plus, EnviroKlenz laundry enhancer is made to remove fragrances and chemical odors from  new and used clothing. EnviroKlenz website states that their laundry enhancer can remove  tough odors normal detergents leave behind and is HE Friendly and safe to use on all  machine types. I decided to give it a try on my grandma’s gifts and found it super easy to  work with.


 Easy to use:


 1. Just measure out the suggested amount found on the side of the bottle. I used a half cup.

half a cup of laundry enhancer



 2. Allow washing machine to fill part way with water as per instructions, and then slowly  pour in product. Their laundry boost has no scent and is a bit thicker than normal laundry  detergents. It makes very few if any bubbles in the water, which assured me of its  gentleness.



few bubbles in water from laundry enhancer



 3.  I added a small amount of my normal no-scent laundry detergent, added the pieces and  set my machine to the shortest delicate cycle, 4 minutes. 


  4. It was time for the sniff test. Was my vintage fabrics odor free

   Yes, they were!


  My Thoughts:


 I am very happy with how this product worked and invite you to learn more about the  laundry enhancer and all the great products in the EnviroKlenz line by visiting their  website here and following them socially on Facebook and Pinterest.



air drying vintage fabrics


Sadly, we had a rainy afternoon when I washed my vintage fabrics, so I set up my drying rack and hung my gifts with care. I don’t know where I’ll place my grandma’s doilies just yet, but the lace panel will go on my sideboard and I’ll smile and think of her every time I see it.



Please share in comments: Do you wear or decorate with vintage fabrics?

2 comments

Susan said...

This is so helpful, Linda! I recently got a large stack of old linens from my mother in law. I'll be bookmarking this post to help me get them smelling fresh.

Linda A. Kinsman said...

Hi Susan,

I'm so glad this post may help you with your vintage linens you received from your mother in law. Please let me know how they turn out.