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Why You Should Keep Vodka With Your Clothes | One Good Thing

Welcome back to One Good Thing, where we keep rolling! You know why? Because we’re having fun and you all seem to keep clicking on us, so that’s as good a reason as I’ve had since Covid began to keep doing anything. AND we love to be helpful.

This week I’ve got a really simple, surprising tip that came from a friend in the theater business, since they have so many opportunities to put on the same clothes and costumes but need to remove those annoying odors that get caught over time. Vodka, it turns out, is a perfect odor remover as it is odorless and colorless itself AND it has a sanitizing effect. You simply spritz your fragrant shirt, coat or pant with vodka and – as it evaporates – it removes all the ugly odors from the fabric. Poof!

Who knew vodka could be so useful?!?! Enjoy and give me your comments, tips and feedback below.

Best, M

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Maxwell Ryan


Maxwell left teaching in 2001 to start Apartment Therapy as a design business helping people to make their homes more beautiful, organized AND healthy. The website started up in 2004 with the help of his brother, Oliver. Since then he has grown ApartmentTherapy.com, added TheKitchn.com, our home cooking site, and has authored four books on design. He now lives with his daughter in a lovely apartment in Brooklyn.