Yesterday, I was the only non-smoker in a group of 6 people hanging out.  They asked me to come along and talk on their smoke break.

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I don't mean to come off as a smoke shamer.  However, my favorite winter coat is now banished from the coat closet.  It smells like it was just shipped from China.  (If you've ever purchased something on eBay from China you just laughed then cried.)

Here are 5 ways I've found to get the smoke out of your clothes.


#1  Essential Oils

If your smelly piece of clothing is dry clean only, Organic Authority has an idea for you.  Mix a few drops of your favorite oils in with water in a spray bottle and focus on target odor areas.


#2  Vinegar and Baking Soda

If you can put the article of clothing in the washer, try this idea from wikihow.  Add one cup of white vinegar to the water. The acidity of vinegar helps break down the smoke and tar molecules that cause the stink.  You can also add one cup of baking soda to the soaking mix for an extra boost.


#3  Fresh Air suggests letting fresh air do the work.  This is a tough one.  In Michigan, this simply will not work during the winter.  When it does work, it's not a quick fix.


#4  Vodka also suggests spraying the garment with a 50:50 solution of vodka and water. The alcohol will evaporate along with the smell.


#5  The Freezer

Put em in the freezer. According to For denim, many in-fabric smells are created by bacteria, which can be killed by freezing temperatures. If you’re okay with letting your jeans hang out in the freezer for a couple of hours – a large canvas bag will protect them from the icy depths – it can be a great alternative to washing. And since the freezer’s already running, you’ll be conserving energy.

Do you have a clever way of getting rid of smoke smell?  Let us know in the comments below.


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