Removing the Odor of Sickness

by Lee Wyatt
(last updated December 2, 2019)

There is a distinct odor that can be associated to anyone that is either chronically or terminally ill. This has been attributed to be caused by the toxins being released from the body. What really causes the odor isn't all that important. What is important is removing the odor of sickness. Luckily there are a few methods that you can use that will allow you to help deal with this problem.

  • Wash thoroughly. One of the more traditional methods for removing the odor of sickness is to wash the items thoroughly. This usually entails filling the washing machine with warm water, adding the detergent and letting it run for about five minutes. After the time has elapsed you add two cups of Clorox, or a similar cleaning agent, and then run for another five minutes. Allow the items to stay in the washing machine for about 30 minutes, and then rinse as normal. If at all possible, allow the items to drip dry on a clothes line to ensure maximum freshness.
  • Commercial chemicals. Add some commercial chemicals, such as Febreeze or Odoban, to your laundry and enjoy the results. Usually all that you will have to add is about one or two cups to the wash and it will get the job done.
  • Homemade remedies. Another method for removing the odor of sickness is to use some homemade remedies. One that works especially well is to allow the items in a large tub of hot water and baking soda for a couple of hours, and then washing as normal. In addition to the baking soda, you can also add a little bit of vanilla oil or eucalyptus oil and wash as normal. These two oils will help give the cleaning power of the baking soda and laundry detergent an extra kick.
  • Mechanical options. There are mechanical options for removing just about any kind of odor, including the odor of sickness. These methods usually entail using some type of ionizer or ozone machine. Such machines will help remove just about any kind of scent or odor by simply plugging the machine in and letting it run for 15 to 30 minutes. After the time has elapsed, turn the machine off and enjoy the clean odor free room.
  • Use sunlight. Whatever method that you use to help remove the odor of sickness, allow the items to drip dry in the sunlight. The sunlight will often help remove or kill the bacteria that cause the odors. If you find that the odor has infused a room, then try to open up as many windows as you possibly can on a nice sunny day. It should work about as well as if you were hanging your sheets out on a laundry line to dry out.

Author Bio

Lee Wyatt

Contributor of numerous Tips.Net articles, Lee Wyatt is quickly becoming a regular "Jack of all trades." He is currently an independent contractor specializing in writing and editing. Contact him today for all of your writing and editing needs! Click here to contact. ...

MORE FROM LEE

Irish Cheese

Typically when people think about Irish cheese, if they think of it at all, they think of a mild form of cheddar. ...

Discover More

Apple Mash

Apple mash is a wonderful dish that has long been a favorite in Emerald Isle. Learn a little more about this great dish ...

Discover More

Cleaning Stainless Steel Pots and Pans

There is more to cleaning stainless steel pots and pans than just using a bit of soap and water. If you are really ...

Discover More

Remove Stubborn Stains Quickly Get everything looking clean again: Walls, floors, baseboards, counters, blinds, appliances, and more. Micro-scrubbers easily reach into surface grooves, lifting dirt away. This low-cost 8-pack is great for stubborn stains and touble areas. Check out Mr. Clean Magic Eraser 8-Pack today!

More Cleaning Tips

Unstick Metal Zippers with a Pencil

When a zipper gets stuck, it can be a real pain to wiggle it free. Here's an idea for a common household item—a ...

Discover More

Cleaning Massage Oil from Sheets

Getting a massage is a great way to long stressful day at work, but it usually has two drawbacks. The first is that you ...

Discover More

Dealing with Bleach Damage

Bleach on your pants is never fun and almost always puts a kink in your style. The best way to avoid this predicament is ...

Discover More
Subscribe

FREE SERVICE: Get tips like this every week in Cleaning Tips from Tips.Net. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

View most recent newsletter.

Comments

If you would like to add an image to your comment (not an avatar, but an image to help in making the point of your comment), include the characters [{fig}] in your comment text. You’ll be prompted to upload your image when you submit the comment. Maximum image size is 6Mpixels. Images larger than 600px wide or 1000px tall will be reduced. Up to three images may be included in a comment. All images are subject to review. Commenting privileges may be curtailed if inappropriate images are posted.

What is two less than 7?

There are currently no comments for this tip. (Be the first to leave your comment—just use the simple form above!)


Newest Tips
Subscribe

FREE SERVICE: Get tips like this every week in Cleaning Tips from Tips.Net. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

(Your e-mail address is not shared with anyone, ever.)

View the most recent newsletter.