Tutorial: How to Remove the Smell of Smoke from Fabric
Saturday, July 10, 2010
I tried warm soapy water, detergent, Oxyclean, ammonia (this stuff smells awful itself!). Nothing helped. Until I tried vinegar!
Bowl or container big enough to hold your fabric
*Your vinegar/water ratio should be around 1 part vinegar for every 3 parts water.
1. Unfold your fabrics, you want them to be completely drenched in the bath.
2. Fill your container with hot water with enough water to cover your fabric.
3. Add your vinegar.
4. Add your fabric.
5. Let the fabric soak for an hour and then check it. If it still smells pretty strongly, add more vinegar and let it continue to soak.
6. When the fabric no longer smells of smoke, wash it as you usually would!
As an added bonus, your fabric will be smell-free and really soft! Vinegar is a natural fabric softener.
Disclaimer: These recommendations are based on my personal experience. If you're nervous about potentially damaging your fabric, please test a small swatch before continuing. I have never experienced any issues with this method.