If you’ve ever been around smokers or spent a night by a campfire, you know the smell of smoke can overstay its welcome on your clothing. Fortunately, there are many solutions to get rid of unwanted smoke stench, whether you have access to a washing machine or not. Next time you find your clothing smoke-damaged, try these useful tips to get rid of the odor.
How to Get Rid of Smoke Odor Without a Washing Machine
- Air It Out
If you have limited access to any of the items listed below, you can always hang your garments outside in a well-ventilated area for a few days.
- Try Baking Soda
Place your clothing in a large garbage bag with half a cup of baking soda. Tightly secure the bag and shake it for about 2 minutes. Leave it overnight, then shake the baking soda off of the clothing in the morning.
- DIY Odor-Eliminating Spray
You can find commercial sprays, or you can make your own when you’re in a pinch. In a spray bottle, add equal parts of water and vinegar, then about 20 drops of essential oil. Mint, lemon or eucalyptus are great options.
How to Get Rid of Smoke Odor With a Washing Machine
- Vinegar Solution
Before washing your clothes, place them in the sink with a mixture of 1 cup vinegar and warm water. Essential oils for scent are optional, and some good choices are lemon, orange and lavender. Soak your clothes for at least one hour in this mixture before washing.
- Lemon Juice
Squeeze 1-3 lemons until you have ½ cup of lemon juice. Add this to your load of laundry during the first cycle.
Pour ½ cup of inexpensive vodka or rubbing alcohol into your washing machine with your load of laundry and run it as you regularly would.