How Do I Get Perfume Out of a Silk Blouse?

Perfume belongs on skin, not your clothes.
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Perfume smells wonderful and can create a transformative atmosphere that carries you through your day -- but when it lands on fabric, it can cause discoloration and leave behind an odor that refuses to budge. If you get perfume on a silk blouse, your first reaction might be to toss it in the washing machine. Machine washing damages silk, so opt for hand washing instead. It'll get the perfume out without destroying your delicate clothes.

Fill a bucket with 1 quart of lukewarm water. Add 1 tablespoon of white vinegar and 1/2 teaspoon of liquid dish soap or laundry detergent.

Submerge the blouse in the water for 15 to 30 minutes. If the garment floats, hold it down by setting a white towel on top of it.

Remove the shirt from the water, then press it gently with a towel to squeeze out excess water.

Dampen a clean, white cloth with rubbing alcohol, then blot the perfumed area with the cloth, starting at the center of the stain and working your way out to the edges.

Empty and rinse out the bucket, then fill it with 1 quart of warm water and 1 tablespoon of an enzyme pre-soak product.

Soak the blouse in the mixture for 30 minutes. Use a clean towel to hold it down if necessary.

Rinse the garment with clean, cool water. Press the shirt between two towels to soak up the water, then allow it to air-dry.

  • Do not put any silk item in the dryer; doing so may permanently damage it.

Melissa King began writing in 2001. She spent three years writing for her local newspaper, "The Colt," writing editorials, news stories, product reviews and entertainment pieces. She is also the owner and operator of Howbert Freelance Writing. King holds an Associate of Arts in communications from Tarrant County College.