Bottom Line Inc

Get the Smoke Smell Out of Your Clothes


You went to a football bonfire or some smoky situation right after washing your best jeans, and now your favorite duds smell like the inside of a chimney. Here’s what to do…

If you’ve spent time in a smoke-filled room or near one of those outdoor fire pits or near a fireplace, chances are your clothes will reek from it. To get rid of the odor, fill a bathtub with steamy hot water and add one cup of distilled white vinegar.

Carefully hang the smoky garment so that the steam from the tub envelops it. Use a padded hanger for shirts or jackets so that the garment doesn’t get “shoulder bumps.” If you don’t have a padded hanger, you can pin shoulder pads around the ends of a hanger or do this.

How long you let the garment hang depends on how much it smells—usually an hour or two works fine.

More help with laundry…

• Forget to Dry Your Laundry?

• Three Nonbleach Whiteners

• Emergency Laundry Substitute

Source: Joan Wilen and Lydia Wilen are health investigators based in New York City who have spent decades collecting “cures from the cupboard.” They are authors of Bottom Line’s Treasury of Home Remedies & Natural Cures and Bottom Line’s Household Magic and of the free e-letter Household Magic Daily Tips Date: November 10, 2015 Publication: Bottom Line's Household Magic
Keep Scrolling for related content View Comments