7 Hacks That Will Make Your Closet & Clothes Smell Amazing

There's just something about those small spaces in a closet or dresser that makes scents go off. You know, like when you've just done the laundry, but a day later you go to pull out your favorite tee shirt and it already smells stale? But if this happens to you, there are some pretty cool tricks to make your closet smell better. Because when your closet smells good, your clothes smell good too. And let's be honest, we just don't have the time to do a load of laundry every time something is supposed to be clean but still smells dirty.

Of course, one of the best ways to make sure that your clothes don't have any lingering mustiness is to wash them with a detergent and fabric conditioner with odor-fighting properties in the first place. Simply using the right products will do wonders to prevent your clothes from retaining any smells you wouldn't want to pop up later. But sometimes even the right detergent isn't enough to combat the effects of your clothes being trapped in drawers. So your favorites have a little extra help, here are seven hacks for an amazing smelling closet. This way, you can trust that your clothes will always smell amazing too.

1. Perfumed Tissue Paper


Miss Dior Le Perfume, $76, Amazon

Instead of spritzing perfume directly on your clothes, which can be overpowering, try infusing the scent instead. Cosmopolitan.com recommends spraying your favorite perfume on some tissue paper or cotton balls. Wait for them to dry, then simply line your dresser drawer with them and place your clothes on top. Trapped with your signature scent, your clothes will smell heavenly in no time.

2. Old Dryer Sheets

Snuggle Dryer Sheets Blue Sparkle, $3, Amazon

After using a dryer sheet in your laundry, don't just toss it. Even used dryer sheets still carry enough fragrance to help scent your closet and clothes. Tuck used sheets into the corners of dresser drawers or into the pockets of some of your more infrequently worn pieces. The best part is that you won't have to worry about conflicting scents because you used the exact same one when you did the laundry.

3. Air Fresheners

Georgia Peach Scentportable Fragrance Refill, $10, Amazon

Even when it seems like your car air freshener has lost all of its scent, moving it into a smaller space that isn't as well ventilated (like your closet or dresser) will prove that it has some life left in it. Hang it in the back of your closet or tuck it away in the back of a dresser drawer. The amount of fragrance it should have left will be enough to keep your clothes smelling great without it being an overpowering scent.

4. Coffee Grounds

Not only do coffee grounds absorb bad odors, but they also just smell kind of amazing on their own. So to make your closet and clothes smell amazing, fill a container with grounds, poke a few holes in the lid, and store it in your closet. Just make sure to recycle your grounds at least once a month so everything stays fresh.

5. Vodka

If you keep vintage pieces or perhaps are just pulling out some sweaters from storage, vodka can actually help eliminate musty odors. Try mixing some in a one-to-one ratio with water in a spray bottle. Lightly spritz over any areas that smell stale, and hang your clothes in a well-ventilated area. Just be sure to test the mixture on a small, unnoticeable area first.

6. Essential Oils

You can actually do quite a bit with essential oils to help keep your clothes smelling fresh. If you prefer to use them in the wash, try adding 10 to 20 drops of your oil of choice (lavender oil is a nice scent for laundry) during the final rinse cycle. Another option is to add a few drops of your essential oil to a clean scrap of fabric or a clean washcloth and then toss it in the dryer with the rest of your clothes. This will lightly scent all of your garments as they dry. Finally, try making your own solution of water and essential oil (you may need to play around with the ratio to find your ideal fragrance level) to lightly spray on any clothing that needs a little pick-me-up.

7. DIY Potpourri

Tucking little sachets of potpourri into closet corners or dresser drawers will also help keep your clothes smelling nice. Try tying up a couple tablespoons of lavender or lemongrass in a small cotton pouch or in some tissue paper. You could even hide these bundles in the pockets of pants or jackets that may not get as much wear to keep them smelling fresher for longer.

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