How to get the smelly odor of fish out of your clothing.

August 14, 2022

Think of time as a river and not a reservoir. Banked time in the pool often goes unused, while the more tributaries a river has, the stronger the flow. So many workers in corporate America actually brag about their months and months of unused vacation. The same offenders also boast the same antics with sick time. They come to work sick to prove they aren't ill. Staying home is something for the weak and vulnerable. Imagine the flu and Covid outbreaks that might have been prevented had it not been for that badge of honor. Enough with the lectures and on to the topic at hand; time. 

It's been a little quiet on the blog posts the last several weeks. Laundress Lucca escaped all electronics, internet, and television for a very isolated retreat high in the mountains of Montana. Make no mistake, the term "Big Sky Country" means something up here. From any vantage point, you can see the horizon in all directions. In such an isolated enclave, one slowly lives by the cadence of the very long days. No alarm clocks, so you wake up with the sun, not to an untimely zoom call. . No substantial source of electricity, so staying up past sunset to binge watch Yellowstone is futile. And the days, the glorious days, are a delightful combination of fishing, hiking, biking, kayaking, and canoeing. Intersperse naps on the back porch while reading a good book or relaxing in a rocking chair on the lake-view deck, watching Canadian Geese glide across the glassy lake.

As with most of Laundress Luccca's adventures, she can only indulge because of the value she puts on her time. Time is what matters most. No one says on their death bed, "I wish I made another $100k". Or, "I wish I worked another all-nighter." Rather, they wish they spent more time with the people they love and participated in the passions that make them thrive. That is only possible for Laundress Lucca because she depends on to get her laundry picked up and delivered back ready for the next adventure.  

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After a fun day on the water fishing, removing a fishy smell and stains from your clothing just comes with the territory. Fortunately, it only takes a few steps to effectively get your clothes smelling clean again.

Of all the odors that can stink up your clothing, a fishy smell is one of the worst. It seems to lurk just below the surface, so you don't notice it right away. But, when it's there, it's there, and detergent fragrances never quite seem to cover it up. Therefore, the solution is to get it completely out of the fabric. There are some simple home remedies that are easy and cheap, but be aware that a serious odor problem can take a little time and might require repeated treatment.

Whatever you do, never wash fishy clothes with other articles of clothing as the smell will transfer. Plus, if you wash them before taking steps to tackle the odor, the fish smell can attach to the washer itself. Line drying is the only way out of this fishy smell, and it won't set the odor stain - like the dryer will - if some of it lingers. Don't dry in the dryer until there is no trace of the odor. The dryer's high heat can bond the smelly substance to the fabric. Also, as with the washer, the dryer can spread the reeking smell to other clothes.

How to remove the stench of fish from your flannels and booties.

1. Soak in Baking Soda - mix one-half cup of baking soda in a bucket or sink full of warm water, or add one cup of baking soda to a washing machine filled with warm water.
2. Submerge the stinky clothing in the solution for as long as possible, preferably overnight.
3. Wash the clothing in the hottest water temperature recommended for the fabric. Use your favorite laundry detergent (a formula with enzymes or "bio" detergent is best, but others should work, too). Hot water, or at least very warm water, can make a big difference when removing fishy smells.
4. Give it a stretch - give the fabric a gentle tug while it's still wet to stretch the fibers a bit, as this will minimize shrinkage after a hot or warm wash. You will be line-drying the clothing, but be aware that some fabrics shrink, whether they are line-dried or not.
5. Line dry - hang the item on a clothesline in direct sunlight. It's safe to line-dry clothes even if they still have some odor. Repeat the treatment, if necessary, until the offending odor is completely gone.

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