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How to Wash Clothes Affected by Smoke

author image Kimbry Parker
Kimbry Parker has been writing since 1998 and has published content on various websites. Parker has experience writing on a variety of topics such as health, parenting, home improvement and decorating. She is a graduate of Purdue University with a Bachelor of Arts in organizational communication.
How to Wash Clothes Affected by Smoke
Clothes affected by smoke may need to be laundered several times. Photo Credit: Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images

The odor of smoke often lingers, even when you're away from the source. When your clothes smell like smoke from a fire, cigarette just from cooking, try home remedies to eliminate the odor. Some common household products can remove the odor and leave your clothes smelling fresh again.

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Colored Clothing/Non-Bleachable Items

Step 1

Fill up a tub, washing machine or sink with warm water. Add dishwasher detergent -- the kind used in dishwashers -- to the water. Use 1 cup of powdered detergent per gallon of warm water.

Step 2

Place the affected clothing in the water so it’s completely submerged. Allow the clothing to soak for at least eight hours.

Step 3

Remove the clothes from the water and wash them as usual with liquid laundry detergent.

Step 4

Air-dry the clothing completely, then check for any lingering smoke odor. If the odor remains, repeat the process. It may take several attempts to completely remove the odor.

Whites/Bleachable Items

Step 1

Fill a tub, washing machine or sink with warm water. Add 4 to 6 tablespoons of trisodium phosphate -- a cleaning agent -- for every gallon of water used. Also add 1 cup of chlorine bleach for each gallon of water.

Step 2

Submerge the clothes in the water. Let them sit for a few minutes, then rinse them with clean water. Let the clothing air-dry.

Step 3

Wash the clothing as usual with liquid laundry detergent. Let the clothing air-dry completely, then check for any lingering odor. Repeat the process as many times as necessary to remove all of the smoke odor.

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