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How to Get Smoke Odor Out of Clothes

The unpleasant odor of smoke can be quite powerful, whether the smoke is in the house, car or on your clothes. When you or a person close to you smokes, it clings to your clothes. Some simple techniques, however, can help you avoid smelling like an astray.

Smoke wafting from cigarettes can cling to your clothes.

The unpleasant odor of smoke can be quite powerful, whether the smoke is in the house, car or on your clothes.  When you or a person close to you smokes, it clings to your clothes.

Some simple techniques, however, can help you avoid smelling like an astray.  Of course, the best solution is to quit smoking altogether, but that takes a lot of will power.

Cigars are often the worst offenders when it comes to smoke odor in clothes. 

Things You Will Need

  • Commercial detergent
  • Vinegar
  • Baking soda
  • Fabric softener
  • Charcoal
  1. Smoke outside. If you're a smoker yourself, you should smoke outside. This will let the smoke circulate away from you. So less smoke will cling to your clothes, as would occur in a closed environment.
  2. Soak your clothes in a combination of vinegar and water for about an hour to remove smoke smells. Then wash the clothes with a commercial detergent to eliminate any remaining odors.
  3. Wash your clothes with baking soda. Baking soda not only removes stains, but it removes odors as well. Also after washing your clothes with added baking soda, it's a good idea to use a fabric softener to ensure smoke odors are eliminated.
  4. Place a container of charcoal at the bottom of your closet to deal with any remaining odors from clothes. Many cultures use charcoal as a deodorizer because it absorbs musty smells.

Things You Will Need

  • Febreze
  • baking soda
  • fabric softener

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