Tips for Getting your REALLY Smelly Laundry Fresh Again!

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Arm & Hammer. The opinions and text are all mine.

If you have kids, laundry stains and smells are pretty much a fact of life.  If you’re like me, however, and you have kids who ride horses like my daughters do, your laundry game had better improve, and FAST!

They look so pretty here, in the show ring, don’t they?  Pretty clothes, clean horse – looks awesome, huh?



Despite our wonderfully clean horse and those sparkling tan breeches, I can tell you that the laundry that is created after a weekend horse show must be comparable to what I assume some sort of rotting dead thing smells like.  Seriously.  I left the laundry pile shut up in my hot car once – sweet heavens.  In addition to dirty clothes, there are tons of dirty horse blankets, leg wraps, and all manner of items which have been sweat on, rubbed in the dirt, and in the case of the horses, generally been used as the horsey equivalent of toilet paper.  You get the picture, I’m sure, and it doesn’t smell like roses!

And while you may not have horses, you probably have other stinky offenders in your home, whether it be dogs, sons, husbands, or your gym bag that you forgot to empty…so what’s a Mom (or Dad) to do?  Here’s a few laundry tips on how to handle REALLY stinky laundry.

1.  Pretreating is key:  Pretreat any stains like normal, but for really stinky laundry, take a squirt bottle with two cups hot water and one cup white vinegar and spray, spray, spray.  This will help to neutralize the odors.

2.  But don’t procrastinate:  Sometimes when I have a tough stain, I will pretreat multiple times, letting the stain remover soak in and do its job.  This may not be the best strategy for really stinky laundry items.  The smells just tend to marinate and make your laundry room smelly.

3.  Use a great detergent.  I have tried and really like ARM & HAMMER™ plus OxiClean™ Power PAKS Laundry Detergent.  This helps me tackle many different stains that come out of a horse show including dirt, grease, and grass. With deep cleaning Micro-Crystals, and OxiClean to help with tough stains, and a FANTASTIC scent, ARM & HAMMER™ plus OxiClean™ Power PAKS are also really easy to use.  I just toss them in the washer – no mess, no fuss.  It also costs 50% less per load than the leading single use brand!


4.  Choose Your Temperature Wisely:  For horse items that I don’t worry about fading, or bright whites, I use hot water on my super smelly laundry.  This is really the ONLY time I use hot water, but if I’m not worried about ruining a delicate garment and the smells are outrageous, the hot water works better at killing smells.

5.  Lather, rinse, repeat (but don’t dry yet!):  We line dry almost all of our laundry, but if you use a dryer, DON’T dry your clothes yet if any smell remains.  Retreat with vinegar, and rewash.  If that still isn’t working, you may have to invest in a specialty cleaner.  But I’ve hard some pretty AWFUL smells and have never had to do that.

6.  Clean our your washer:  It may not make a lot of sense to clean your washer, but for me, there’s usually some solid debris left in the bottom, from shavings from a horse stalls, hair, etc.  It’s pretty gross, and I certainly don’t want to throw in my work clothes in on top.  Wipe out your machine getting all debris out, and then run an empty load with 2 cups of white vinegar.  Voila! A clean washer machine ready to go for your less than disgusting clothes!

And make sure to check out ARM & HAMMER™ plus OxiClean™ Power PAKS Laundry Detergent – it’s effective, powerful, and affordable!


What laundry tips do you have for stubborn stains and odors?



  1. Rosie says

    I love doing laundry, and always am eager to improve. I’ve never used OxiClean, it sounds wonderful. I’m so excited I can’t wait to pick some up and try it.

  2. michele d says

    I wish that I could try this brand out but I am unsure how my children’s skin will react. They have sensitive skin and unfortunately I use the same brand.

  3. says

    What a great photo! I rode horses some in high school and know what you mean about that smell. I’ll have to try the Oxi Clean since I’ve never used it before. And thanks for the tip on cleaning the inside of the washer. Mine is way past due for a good cleaning.

  4. says

    I’ve had some smelly laundry living with all boys, but I can imagine horses! Wow! Haven’t used oxi-clean before, I’ve heard the little tabs are more concentrated than pouring in the liquid.

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