How to Get Campfire Smell Out of Clothes – The Quick, Efficient Guide

There are few things more pleasing than spending an evening under an open sky, singing by the campfire or just relaxing and distancing from everyday stress and city fuss. But, as every Jin has its Jang, so does fun.

One of the more annoying things about sitting around a campfire is the smell. To be more specific, that smoke which remains for a while later.

That is why I have decided to make this list, so that you can enjoy your time, without worrying How to Get Campfire Smell Out of Clothes.


Standard Procedures (Usually Done at Home)

There are lots of things you can do once you get home from camping. In case that you don’t mind the smell the whole time, this is probably the best choice for you.

1. Water

Warm Water

First and foremost, the most often way to flush away the smoke from the clothes is to wash them, just as you always do. Only, you can see which temperature is maximum for particular garments, and wash it in said one.

The general rule here is that the hotter the water is, the smoke will be eliminated better and faster. Still, you don’t want to ruin your favorite cashmere scarf, so be careful not to wash it in hotter water than recommended.

2. Air

After washing, it is natural that the clothes need to dry. The best course of action is to dry the clothes in the open air because this way the smoke will be “carried out” by the wind.

On the other hand, if the weather is bad, or you simply do not have the space required, you can always wash only one or two pieces of clothes by hand, and hang them above the bath tub to dry.

This is also a great solution for that cashmere scarf you don’t want to be ruined.

Moreover, for that the most delicate clothes you have, there is the solution to hang it without washing so that it will get aerated.

3. Vinegar


One of the things you certainly have at home, vinegar is the answer for many things.

But to use it in this situation, you will need some water to dilute it, and a spray bottle, because that is the best way to distribute vinegar equally.

You should, however, avoid using any vinegar but the regular white one.

The process is quite simple though; all there is is to make a mixture of water and vinegar, pour it into the spray bottle, and cover the internal surface of clothes you wish to free from smoke odor. After that, leave it to evaporate, and that is it.

4. Baking Soda

Baking Soda

Another common ingredient, baking soda does marvels in the kitchen as well as the vinegar. It kills off almost every kind of odor, whether that be sweat, refrigerator smell or smoke.

All you need to do is to place the clothes in washing machine, wait for detergent to be used, and then add half a cup of baking soda.

That way the laundry will be refreshed, and the smoke gone. This is also an eco-friendly solution for this problem because baking soda does not pollute nature.

How to Get Smoke Out of Clothes without Washing

In case that you cannot wait to get home, and to get rid of the smoke, there are several things which you can do in the field, to dispose of this nasty smell.

​1. Vodka


​From Russia, with love, comes our first solution. Because people love to relax from time to time (remember that you should always drink enough not to get drunk), it is highly likely that you will carry this Russian national treasure with you.

Although vodka has a rather sharp smell, it can help you to get rid of the smoky odor.

Of course, in order not to spend the whole bottle of Russia’s finest, dilute it with water first, and then spray the interior of the clothes you wish to be cleaned. Leave it at the sunny and windy place so that it will dry.

2. ​Sunlight


​If there is one thing you will find in abundance while camping, that is sunlight. The easiest though the most time-consuming way to expel smoke from clothes is to hand it over a stick or a branch and leave it so for about three to four hours.

The ultraviolet rays will eliminate smoke particles and will also refresh your clothes. In case that you are camping in an area where there is less sunlight, or the day is cloudy, do this anyway, because in that case, the wind will help.

3. ​Lemon to the Rescue


Although this fruit is not on a camping list often, there is a possibility that you will carry it anyway. Any other citrus fruit should do the trick, but lemon is far better.

You should mix it into the water and spray over clothes which smell like smoke, but in case that you don’t have a sprayer at hand, you can squeeze lemon, rub it into your palms, and then cover the clothes. It is not an ideal solution, but it can help you in case of need.

​General Tips and Advice

- Whichever approach you take, do not overdo it, because there is a possibility of damaging your clothes
- If the smell is overpowering, you could repeat the procedure several times
- You can combine several ways, but stay aware that baking soda reacts with vinegar
- If possible, avoid using perfumes and smell-covers, because those can make things worse by mixing and combining with the smoke odor


With all said above, I hope that I have managed to convince you that camping should not be avoided and postponed only because you are not fond of the smell of smoke. Staying in touch with nature is essential, and you should practice it whenever possible.

Also, I’d love to hear your tips and advice on how to get wood smoke out of clothes. Therefore, feel free to leave your comment in the comment section below.

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