How to Remove Fish Odor From Fabric

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How to Remove Fish Odor From Fabric
Remove fish odour from fabric with baking soda and vinegar. (Dry fish on a dish in the form of a fish image by terex from

Fish odours are one of the most repugnant of smells. Fish can come into contact with clothes while fishing or if a broken fish oil pill touches clothing. Fabrics absorb fish odours. Simple washing may not remove all of the lingering fish smell. Use a few simple techniques before laundering to remove those disgusting odours.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Baking soda
  • Water
  • White vinegar
  • Washing powder

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  1. 1

    Sprinkle baking soda on the fabric with the fish odour. Lay the fabric in the sun. The baking soda neutralises odours and the sun's rays help to disinfect the material. Leave the fabric in the sun for two hours.

  2. 2

    Place the fabric into a sink of cool water. Pour one cup of white vinegar into the sink. Slosh the fabric in the vinegar wash, so the vinegar is disperses through the material. Allow the fabric to sit in the sink for 20 to 30 minutes. The vinegar breaks down any remaining fish odour.

  3. 3

    Place the fabric in the washer. Wash with washing powder. Smell the fabric after taking it out of the washer. If the fish odour remains, wash a second time. If not, dry the fabric in a clothes dryer.

Tips and warnings

  • If fabric is dry-clean only, allow the dry cleaner to remove the odour and clean the fabric.

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