Why is it that the perfumes you love fade so quickly, while the scents you hate seem to linger no matter what you do? You may reach for another perfume or artificial scent to try to mask the smelly offender, but it only makes the stink more intense. For excess stinky perfume on your skin, in the air, or spilled on your floor and furniture; odor-free cleansers and natural deodorizers will help neutralize the smell. Citrus, vinegar, baking soda and even coffee can absorb and remove stinky perfume, leaving you with fresh, clean air.
Things You'll Need
Perfume on Your Skin
Apply a thick layer of unscented deodorant over the area where you applied the perfume. Deodorant is designed to absorb and neutralize odor. You won’t need a deodorant with an antiperspirant, but it won’t effect the potency of the deodorant either.
Wait three to five minutes, then wash the deodorant away and rinse thoroughly with unscented soap. Repeat if necessary.
Rub the area with a cotton pad soaked in witch hazel, which is a natural odor eliminator and absorbs oil. Perfume interacts with the oil on your skin, so removing excess oil can help remove smelly perfume. You can also pour witch hazel into a spray bottle and apply it to hair that has absorbed perfume odors.
Wash the area with an undiluted, fragrance-free liquid clothing detergent if the smell continues to linger. Use a sparing amount and rinse completely clean — detergent is more powerful than everyday soap and it can irritate sensitive skin.
Perfume in the Air
Open windows and doors if the weather allows. Air ventilation alone will help remove an unseemly fragrance.
Set out small bowls of coffee grounds or coffee beans to help absorb the fragrance. Many perfume shops set out coffee beans or offer containers of coffee that patrons can sniff to neutralize the smell of perfumes.
Alternatively, cut several lemons in half and leave them out to absorb any lingering odors. Throw the lemons away when they begin to shrivel.
Sprinkle baking soda on your carpets if you have carpeting. Wait several minutes, then vacuum the carpets. Like coffee and lemons, baking soda is a natural substance that absorbs odors, which is why it has long been used as a refrigerator deodorizer.
Clean up the spill completely and immediately with paper towels. This will prevent the odor from dissipating. Seal the paper towels in a garbage or plastic bag and set them outside. Leaving the soiled paper towels inside will only concentrate the scent.
Pour or spray a mixture of three parts water and one part white vinegar onto the spill. Let the vinegar soak into the spill for five to 10 minutes, then blot away the excess vinegar. The vinegar smell will dissipate in a couple of hours.
Mix one quart of 3 percent hydrogen peroxide, 1/4 cup of baking soda and a teaspoon of liquid dishwashing detergent in a spray bottle to tackle stubborn, stinky perfume in carpet or on upholstery. Spray the affected area and let sit for 24 hours. Blot away the excess with a paper towel and let air dry.
Set out coffee grounds, coffee beans or cut lemons to absorb any lingering odor.
Use paper towels to clean up perfume. Cloth towels will absorb the fragrance, and the scent may linger even after you wash them.
References and ResourcesNow Smell This: Perfumista Tip: How to Remove Fragrance from Skin
The Old Farmer's Almanac: Natural ways to tame bad smells
Wellness Times: Fragrances That Stink