The Texas heat is here and I am sure you are pulling out the lighter clothes and shorter shorts that you haven’t worn since last summer. Most likely they don’t smell like they came straight out of the dryer (since they’ve been in an enclosed space), but they are not dirty. Check out these easy and affordable ways to keep your clothes smelling fresh in your closet. This way your clothes can stay fresh on and off your body.
If you are able to remove the carpet you will notice that your closet looks more spacious without it. If you just really need to have carpet under your feet while finding the perfect shirt in the morning, place some long rugs that can be washed on a regular basis in there.
What’s lurking behind the closet door?
What is that smell and where is it coming from?!? Ew!
Bags and Purses
Try to keep all athletic shoes out of the closet. If the closet is the only option, then place the dryer sheets or cedar shoe trees in each shoe then place each shoe in a Ziploc Freezer Bag. This helps keep the odors contained rather than spreading to your favorite dress. If you are an avid sports junkie, I suggest that you keep all athletic shoes in another place other than the closet. If you have no choice but to keep them in there, buy some gallon-size freezer bags and some dryer sheets. Stuff one dryer sheet in each shoe after a workout and Ziploc tight the bag until the next sweat session.
Natural Air Fresheners
I mix 20 drops of a neutral essential oil into a jar or bag of baking soda that has some openings to breathe and place a few in each corner of my closet. Keep the essential oil to a pleasant light smell that your significant other won’t mind either. (Hint: Most men don’t like smelling like roses). Keep all air fresheners out of reach from small children and pets. They don’t quite understand that everything that smells good doesn’t taste good or is safe.
You can also use a mixture of uncooked white rice and your essential oils because rice is a humidity control agent.
There are also many store bought air fresheners that work - but try to buy some that don’t smell like fresh fruit or flowers as those may attract bugs. Bugs like to eat just about everything...including your favorite silk blouse or little black dress!