People have been making wearing perfumes for more than 4,000 years. The making of perfume can be dated back to the second millennium B.C. in Mesopotamia to the world's first "chemist," Tapputi, who mixed flowers and oils to make perfume. Perfumes have survived the test of time, and many people buy and wear them regularly. For those with allergies, this can pose quite the problem, as these fragrances tend to linger long after they're wanted or needed. If perfume odour is a problem, there are several easy ways to get rid of it.
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Things you need
- Baking soda
Add 1 cup of vinegar to the rinse cycle of the washing machine to eliminate lingering perfume odours in clothing and washable fabrics.
Spray Febreze onto non-washable fabrics such as wool. Place the fabrics in the dryer for 5 to 10 minutes.
Sprinkle baking soda onto upholstery, and allow it to sit for at least 1 hour to absorb any residual perfume odours on upholstery before vacuuming it away.
Cut an onion into pieces, and set it in a bowl of water. Set the bowl in the middle of a room that has a lingering perfume smell, and close the door. The onion will absorb the odours in the air. Leave the onion in the room for at least 2 hours.
Scrub your body with baking soda and water if the lingering perfume smell is on your skin. The baking soda is a mild odour absorbing abrasive and can help to get the odour off of you.
Tips and warnings
- It also helps to ventilate an area if someone has just sprayed perfume to try to push the smell out.
- Wrap a garment in newspaper if a washing machine is not immediately available to help absorb perfume odour on fabric.