How Do You Deodorize Curtains? Curtains add privacy and a comfortable ambiance to a home. Curtains may also absorb odors, many of which may not be pleasant. Everything from cigarette smoke, mold, pets, or food odors can permeate curtains.
This can cause the whole room to have an unpleasant aroma. Washing curtains every time they absorb unpleasant odors is not only hard work, but very time consuming and inconvenient as well. Here are some tips to deodorize curtains without washing them.
Using an odor-neutralizing spray will help to eliminate absorbed odors in curtains, while simultaneously leaving a pleasant fragrance. The curtains should be carefully sprayed the entire length, using an adequate amount without soaking them.
If none of the above tips help to remove odors from the curtains, washing them may be the answer. Taking curtains down and washing them is not an easy chore, so here are some tips to ensure that the offending odors will be removed after you have gone to the trouble of washing them.
By using baking soda instead of detergent when washing curtains, the odors will be removed completely. Simply add one cup of baking soda to the load. Then, set the temperature of the washing machine on the highest temperature that the curtains can safely tolerate and the odor will be gone.
If the offending odor is from mold, fill the bathtub with warm water and add one tablespoon of vinegar, one tablespoon for each liter of water. If vinegar is not available, lemon juice can be used instead.
Soak the curtains in this solution for one to two hours, then rinse them off and wash them. The curtains should then be hung up to dry in a well-ventilated place.
Another way to soak curtains before washing is to soak them in a solution of vinegar and detergent (1:1). Let the curtains soak in this solution for thirty to forty minutes. The curtains should then be washed with detergent, then hung to dry in a sunny, well ventilated place.
After this particular treatment, the curtains will be fresh and clean, without any odors.
By simply changing the curtains outside on a sunny day for a few hours, offending odors can be removed. Mother Nature will clean the curtains, just by airing them out with a gentle breeze.
Odors in curtains can be annoying, but removing those odors are not very difficult to achieve. Some of these tips can be used effectively to remove odors without having to wash the curtains.