Reclaiming Smoke Damaged Clothing
After a house fire or even after a bonfire in the backyard, clothes tend to absorb and keep the smell of smoke for a long time. These useful tips can help you remove the smell of smoke from washable and non-washable clothes and fabrics.
Remember, only non-damaged clothes should be treated, otherwise it’s best to throw the clothing out. Clothing needs to be shaken out to remove loose particles and left outside for at least 24 hours (a couple of days would be best) to air out.
Mix vinegar and water into a spray bottle using 50/50 measurements. Spray down all impacted clothes until damp. Place clothing in the washing machine while still damp, do not let them dry! Add one cup of vinegar and one cup of baking soda straight into the washer and wash clothes normally. Before drying, wash clothes again using your regular laundry detergent. If the smoke smell is not gone, repeat the process of washing until the smell is entirely removed, this could take up up to five full wash cycles.
For non-washable and machine-safe clothes use baking soda to remove the smell of smoke. Please all clothes and fabrics outside to air out as long as possible and remove loose soot using a brush or vacuum cleaner. Cover all surfaces with baking soda and leave it covered for at least 24 hours. Vacuum the baking soda and repeat procedure if needed. There are also effective commercial smoke-odor-removing products awhile for purchase.