How To Keep Clothes Smelling Fresh In Your Wardrobe & Drawers

January 27, 2020 2 min read

Clothes hanging in an open wardrobe

Quick jump:
Use an essential oil diffuser
Use scented vinegar
Use coffee grounds
Use cedar balls

We all have those garments that rarely leave the wardrobe and drawers. We love them dearly, but they are not worn nearly as often as we would like. The biggest problem with this is that when theyarecalled for, these garments have a tendency to smell musty and damp. Even if the rest of your wardrobe does not. 

Luckily, there are a few easy techniques to stop your clothes from smelling damp when they are hung in your wardrobe or folded in the drawers for a long time. 

Use an essential oil diffuser

They are not just a wonderful way to keep your rooms smelling wonderful. Place an essential oil diffuser in the bottom of your wardrobe to slowly release a pleasant, fresh fragrance. 

Remember to secure the diffuser in place so it doesn’t spill and stain your clothing!

You will want to use natural essential oils for this task to avoid any tell-tale chemical smells on your garments. Our oil diffusers use the finest essential oils that we mix by hand in our Norfolk workshop. Each one can last up to six months. 

Use scented vinegar

Vinegar has long been famed for its brilliant cleaning abilities but it is also fantastic at staving off unpleasant smells. 

Scented Vinegar has all the brilliant properties of normal vinegar but comes with the added bonus of that pungent chip-shop smell having been removed. Spray it lightly onto your clothing before storing in the wardrobe and you will find that they emerge smelling fresh.

Remember that different fabrics and dyes have different tolerances and, as such, you should use this technique carefully. For example, you might not want to use it on anything white.

Place a pot of coffee grounds in your wardrobe

If you have ever sold a house, you will no doubt have heard the coffee tip. For those who haven’t, sellers are advised to make a fresh pot of coffee before potential buyers come to look at the house.

Not only is the smell of coffee inviting, it also masks any odours that might cause concern. It is a technique that’s often paired with baking fresh bread. Although coffee is considerably easier to store in your wardrobe!

Simply take a jar and half fill it with coffee beans. Secure a fabric cover over the opening at the top (an elastic band is good for this) and cut some holes into it. Place the jar at the bottom of your wardrobe and replace it every month or two.

If you are not a fan of the scent of essential oils, this is a fantastic alternative. 

Scatter cedar balls in your drawers

Cedar balls are not only an excellent natural way to keep moths away from your clothes. They can also help clothes to stay fresh for longer in your drawers. 

Cedar has a subtle, pleasant aroma that can keep clothes refreshed without becoming overpowering. Making it an excellent addition to your drawers. 

Our own Cedar Balls are completely chemical free, meaning they can be used safely with even white and delicate garments.

Norfolk Natural Living
Norfolk Natural Living



Also in How To...

How To Care For Cashmere

January 28, 2020 4 min read

Cashmere clothing is beautiful, luxurious and highly sought after. Often, a cashmerejumper is the item people reach for when the weather gets cold and they are in search of stylish comfort.

This guide explains more about the fabric and the best ways to care for it.

How To Stop Your Clothes From Bobbling & Pilling

January 27, 2020 5 min read

Stop clothes from bobbling

Few things are more soul-destroying than finding your favourite jumper covered in bobbles. Those tiny balls of knotted fabric can ruin the whole look of a garment. Particularly frustrating if you are trying to be environmentally minded and keep your clothes for longer.

This guide takes you through what causes bobbles and linting, how to prevent it and how to remove bobbles that have already formed.

How to clean with bicarbonate of soda

September 26, 2019 3 min read

Bicarbonate of soda is a very versatile cleanser with mild abrasive properties, it’s also a great scouring agent, deodoriser and cuts through dirt with ease.