How to Remove Body Odor From Silk & Linen

by Fahlen Brown ; Updated September 28, 2017

Silk requires special care when removing odors.

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Body odors are often difficult to remove from silk. The material presents a challenge because its delicate quality calls for special cleaning instructions. You must choose methods of cleaning that keep the fabric in good shape while eliminating the odor. Because the silk is delicate, it may take multiple attempts before the body odor is completely eliminated from the fabric.

Spread baking soda over the silk. Allow the baking soda to sit overnight. The baking soda will absorb the odor and help neutralize it.

Fill your sink or tub with cold water. Add mild laundry detergent and 1/2 cup of white vinegar to the water.

Place the silk item into the water. Submerge the item. Carefully massage the silk to let it absorb the cleaning solution. Allow the silk item to soak for at least 30 minutes. For stronger odors, allow the item to soak for 60 minutes.

Remove the silk item from the water and place it aside. Drain the water in the sink or tub. Refill it with cold water.

Place the silk item into the water. Submerge the item. Gently massage the fabric to work any remaining soap from the fabric. Allow the item to sit for 30 minutes.

Remove the silk item from the water. Pick a clean bath towel that is similar in color to the silk item. Spread the silk item over the bath towel. Roll the towel up with the silk item inside to squeeze excess water from the item.

Hang the silk item and allow it to air dry. Repeat this process until the odor is completely removed from the silk.

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