How to Freshen Sweaters

If you have looked forward to wearing your favorite winter sweater just to find that storage has left your garment with a musty smell, you are not alone. If you want to freshen your sweater but you don't have the time or money to go to an expensive dry cleaner, freshen it at home. A quick, simple process will have your garment smelling refreshed and clean in no time.

Turn the sweater inside out and place it into a clothes dryer. Place a fabric softener sheet into the dryer 1.

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Set the dryer to the gentle cycle on the "fluff" setting -- air only, no heat, as heat can damage some sweaters. Allow the sweater to fluff in the dryer for approximately 10 minutes.

Remove the sweater from the dryer and set it aside.

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Pour 2 cups warm water, 1/4 cup liquid fabric softener and 1 teaspoon baking soda into a large spray bottle. Shake until thoroughly blended.

Spray the sweater lightly with the contents of the spray bottle. This mixture acts as a homemade fabric freshener, removing any lingering musty odors.

Lay the sweater flat and leave it for 10 to 15 minutes, to allow the sweater to air dry.


To customize the smell of the fabric freshener, use an unscented liquid fabric softener in the recipe and add a few drops of your favorite essential oils.