How to Remove a Vinegar Smell From Table Cloths or Clothes

Vinegar is used to help get rid of common tablecloth and clothing stains, such as berry and mustard marks. Vinegar can even help remove perspiration marks from your clothes. When the stains are gone, however, sometimes an unwanted, lingering vinegar smell remains. Fortunately, the vinegar smell will not remain long term and if it is bothering you in the meantime, a few simple steps will get rid of the smell sooner rather than later.

  • Washing machine
  • Laundry detergent
  • Dryer or clothesline
Rinse the clothing or tablecloth in plain cold water. Use the rinse cycle of your washing machine if the item is machine washable. If not, fill up your sink with cold water and swish the item around for about three to five minutes. Drain and repeat until the smell is gone or mostly gone.

Launder it as normal if the smell remains. Most clothes and tablecloths can be machine washed or washed by hand. Add your regular laundry detergent. The vinegar smell should disappear.

Dry it. While most of the odor will be removed by this point, the act of drying will help remove any lingering vinegar smells. Hang your clothing item or tablecloth outside on a clothesline for best results.

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