The smell of spoiled milk is traditionally very difficult to remove. Fortunately, there are some relatively simple and inexpensive solutions. The sooner you clean the smelly stain, the better your chances of restoring a fresh scent to your room, home, refrigerator, and home on wheels.
Other than that, the smell of spoiled milk can be quite difficult to remove from your clothing, especially your baby’s, as babies have frequent access to milk and are more likely to spill it on clothing.
Baby clothes can be expensive and children grow up before they can wear them. Often times these adorable outfits are passed on to another child; however, even though they are in good shape, they still have that telltale spoiled milk smell that is almost impossible to get rid of. As always, there are ways around this dilemma.
Sour milk smell removal
Avoid spilling milk if you can. Also, don’t cry over spilled milk if you actually spilled it anyway. Instead, do something about it.
* To remove stale milk odors, you must first remove all spilled stale milk. Use warm soapy water and maybe a little liquid detergent and thoroughly clean the affected area first.
* Once the mess has been cleared up, soak the area in white vinegar and pat dry with paper towels. Put up with the vinegar smell for about a week and after that, there will be no sign of vinegar smell or that horrible milk smell left.
* You can use an air freshener in the affected car to ensure a pleasant smell. Try to let it dry as long as possible. Soon, the smell of milk will have disappeared from your environment.
* Use a commercial leather cleaner and odor remover on your car’s leather upholstery. Your dealer can sell these products. Let the area dry completely – residual moisture can cause mold. Use a hair dryer or fan if necessary, being careful not to burn the carpet fibers with the hair dryer.
* You can also pour baking soda over the area where the milk is spilled. Sprinkle some cold water over the baking soda and let it sit overnight. You can vacuum it the next day to remove the residue. If the odor persists, you can try treating it with an enzymatic odor remover.
* Take a bottle of sparkling mineral water, put your finger in it and shake to start bubbling. With your finger still in the bottle, spray on the smelly milk stain. Moisten but do not soak. The smell may be worse at first, but it will go away when everything dries, unlike the smell of raw milk, which will only get worse over time.
* You can also use a brake cleaner if you’re particularly desperate, but use it sparingly and only on carpets, rugs, or hard surfaces. Simply dab on a clean cloth, blot the milk stain, and rinse with soap and water.
If it’s baby clothes that are affected by the stench of milk, you can do the following: Fill the washing machine with hot water. Fill it at least high enough for a medium load. Add a cup of laundry detergent to a cup of dish soap. Run the machine for a few minutes to mix the combination well. Turn off the washing machine.
Put the smelly baby clothes into the solution in the machine and leave it there. Let them soak overnight in the solution. Then in the morning turn on the washing machine and let the clothes run through a full cycle. Add a tablespoon of vinegar to the rinse cycle. Vinegar is the preferred product to eliminate bad odors in general.
Finally, add a second rinse cycle to make sure all detergent residue is removed from the clothes. Baby clothes, as well as yours, if you’ve tried this method on them too, will smell fresh and clean at the end of the process, so take pride in your work.