Winter jackets offer all sorts of style benefits, lending your favorite layered ensembles a satisfying sense of texture, structure and fullness -- not to mention warmth. No matter how well your coat accents your outfit, however, a stale-smelling jacket quickly casts a pall over the whole affair. Fortunately, both during winter weather and when you stow your jacket for the warm seasons, you have plenty of low-cost, no-fuss options for keeping it fresh.

Step 1

Machine-wash or dry-clean your winter jacket before storing it for the warm seasons. Request a high-heat treatment at the dry cleaners or use a high-heat setting on your washer, unless your jacket's label recommends otherwise. High-heat cleaning helps eliminate the potential for attracting bugs and washes clothes free of smelly oils and particles.

Step 2

Include fresh scents in your machine wash if your coat is machine-washable. Give your coat a quick spritz with an essential oil mist, made from a few drops of essential oil in the scent of your choice -- lavender, citrus and vanilla all do the job well -- mixed with clean water in a spray bottle. Likewise, substitute all-natural peppermint laundry soap for your regular detergent or toss a reusable scented dryer bag or wool dryer ball in the dryer. These tricks work both for regular washing and for the coat's final wash before summer storage.

Step 3

Store your coat in a new or thoroughly cleaned bag or container. Avoid cardboard boxes, which let in moisture and scents, in favor of heavy-duty plastic trash bags, garment bags or lockable plastic containers. If your plastic container isn't brand-new, wipe it clean with a spray disinfectant to remove foul smells, and allow it to air-dry completely before storing your coat. Whether you're storing your coat for the summer or just hanging it up, select a clean, cool and dry indoor storage location free of constant temperature changes for maximum freshness.

Step 4

Add a homemade, eco-friendly freshener to your clothes storage: Fill a small cloth pouch with cedar chips or throw in a lavender sachet to keep your coat smelling fresh. You can even add a pouch or sachet to your coat pocket when hanging it normally for a pleasantly scented touch.