How to keep clothes smelling fresh in closet

Did you know that the way you smell can have a huge impact on your psychological wellbeing? Bad smell can lead to social rejection which in fact can lower your self-esteem. Good smell, on the other hand, will make people warm up to you and you’ll feel more attractive.

Smelling good goes beyond showering and applying perfume. It entails keeping your clothes smelling fresh in the closet. However, this can be a challenge. Don’t we all hate it when you do your laundry expecting to smell fresh all week only to find the closet had different plans, and now your clothes smell musty.  That is why you need the best odor eliminator for your closet.

Below is a combination of the best tricks to keep clothes in the closet, smelling fresh. First of all, make sure the detergent and fabric softener you use possess ingredients that eliminate odor. Also, your clothes should be completely dry before you put them in storage.

1. Use activated charcoal bags

Made from bamboo or coconut shells, activated charcoal is an effective odor absorber that is preferred by many since it doesn’t contain harmful substances. This natural odor absorber also absorbs moisture, which means you will also not have to worry about your clothes smelling musty.

Hang or place a bag of activated charcoal in your closet and close the doors. If you own a large closet, you should use more than one bag. Make sure to place the bags out in the sun at least once a month to “recharge” for about 2 hours before you return them. An activated charcoal bag can last up to 2 years.

2. Place a vinegar mixture in the closet

This is one of the oldest tricks in the book to deal with the closet stinks quickly. Although vinegar has a strong smell too, it quickly dissipates as the cloth dries.

  • Mix equal parts of vinegar and water then put it in a spray bottle.
  • Ensure to check whether it reacts well by spraying the mixture on a test fabric
  • Spray away on several cloth pieces and close the closet.
  • You can also mix a bit of vinegar with your rinse water when doing laundry for the best results.

3. Use baking soda

Baking soda is used in many cleaning agents due to its ability to eliminate odors. The same is applicable when it comes to removing odors from the closet. Besides, it is a moisture absorber that can prevent mold from forming in the closet.

Simply place it in a container a corner of your closet and unpleasant smells won’t have the chance to come close to your clothes.

4. Place dryer sheets in your closet

Do not be quick to throw away dryer sheets after you have used them in the laundry room. They still carry enough fragrance to help with your closet problem.

Tuck in two or three dryer sheets in closets and drawers before arranging your clothes for the best results.

5. Apply essential oils or perfumes

Essential oils smell heavenly and work wonders when you need to keep clothes feeling fresh in drawers. If you have a perfume bottle that can open even better. You can use it as a substitute for the oils as some are expensive and hard to find.

  • Soak cotton balls or tissue paper in a jar of essential oils, then place them in the corner of your closet and drawers.
  • Alternatively, you can let the tissue paper dry then fold them in-between clothes.
  • Another way to do it is by adding a few drops of the essential oils in the last rinse water before your clothes dry.

6. Use Calcium Chloride crystals

Calcium Chloride crystals are cheap and tiny but they do an incredible when it comes to eliminating odors from clothes or the closet.

Just like activated charcoal and baking soda, Calcium Chloride crystals also absorb moisture.

7. Place scented wood in the closet

Some types of wood, such as Sandalwood, have a pleasant earthy smell that lasts forever. You can either purchase a small piece of the scented wood or get scented wooden hangers.

You should then place a piece of the scented wood in the corners of your closet, and with time, all your clothes will adopt the sweet earthy tones.

8. Add pieces of strong bar soaps

When bar soap gets warm, it tends to release the fragrance it was created with to the environment. Therefore, you can use it as a wardrobe freshener.

  • Wrap a piece of strongly scented bar soap with a light bit of fabric.
  • Place the wrapped piece in between the clothes and thank me later. Ensure the piece of fabric is light to make the scent spread quickly to the entire closet.


Smell plays a significant role in our presentation and first sight impressions. We should, therefore, ensure your body and clothes are always smelling fresh. Use the above tips and tricks to keep your closet smelling good.