One of the best things about being a camper is spending memorable nights sitting around a warm campfire with family and friends. The downside of it though is the strong campfire smell that can linger into your clothing for a very long time.
And because you’re on a camping trip, chances are you will not have access to a washing machine. But don’t worry because you won’t need a washing machine with the tips we will be giving on how to get campfire smell out of clothes.
As a camper, these tips are important to me because I like spending time telling stories and just having a good time with my family and friends around the campfire. Now I am sharing this information with you so you too can have more memorable campfire experiences.
How To Getting Campfire Smell Out Of Clothes
There are two known methods for eliminating the campfire smell of your clothing. These methods include:
By following these suggestions, you can remove the uncomfortable odor from your clothing and continue to enjoy the camping trip.
Conventional methods include deodorizing methods that come hand-in-hand with the washing cycle. If you have a small washing machine in your RV, then this is a much faster method of eliminating campfire smoke smell.
If you don’t have direct access to water, though, then you can opt for the no-wash method which we will discuss in the later part of this post.
Using Hot Water
Campfire smells can be best extracted with hot water. Before you go into the washing process, you must first check the instructions on the tags of your clothing to determine the maximum amount of heat they can take.
Knowing the limitations will help you determine how much heat you will apply to the clothing while washing them. This will expand the space between the clothing fiber and give the detergent better contact to the residues of an odorous campfire.
Cleansing With White Vinegar
White vinegar works in cutting through complicated odor and deodorizing the odorous residue in your clothes. Start the detergent rinsing cycle by pouring a cup of vinegar into the warm water. Don’t forget to cover enough surface area on the clothing for the best results.
Applying Baking Soda
Just like white vinegar, baking soda is another basic kitchen ingredient that is known for its ability to deodorize in the washing cycle. Begin the routine washing cycle by applying detergent first and then pouring at least half a cup of baking soda after five minutes.
Let The Enzymes Do The Grinding
Using enzyme cleaners will digest the odorous campfire residues on your clothes. Mixing a solution of warm water, dunk and a spoon of the enzyme would do the trick.
Let the water settle for at least 2-3 hrs before carrying the solution’s contents and put them in the usual detergent wash.
Here’s more information about ezymes as deodorants - Enzymes With Bacterial Action Deodorant Digestant.
Hanging Under The Sun
Instead of using the dryer in drying your clothes, try instead to put it under direct exposure to sunlight. The ultraviolet rays, fresh air, and open space all work to neutralize the undesirable odor on your clothing.
If you think there is still campfire odor left on your clothes even after washing them, then this is the perfect opportunity for you to add some freshness to their fibers.
Using Deodorizing Solutions With No Wash
The last time we went on a camping trip, there were times when we had to save water and don’t have direct access to it. After sitting around the campfire, I, my wife and kids was smelling like smoke, and we had to do something about it without doing any washing.
The tips below helped me deal with the problem. Those campfire activities always come unplanned, and it’s good to have a plan B.
Spraying With Vodka
Aside from being a fantastic party drink, vodka is also used as a deodorant for undesirable odors. All you need to do is mix warm water and vodka inside a spray bottle.
Spray on the inside of your clothes and expose them to the heat of the sun. While vodka evaporates, it will neutralize the campfire odor and get rid of the residues.
Spraying Lemon Juice
A lemon juice’ citric acid is very effective at getting rid of unpleasant odors. All you need to do is mix eight parts warm water with one part lemon juice inside a spray bottle and spray it on the whole exterior of your clothes until it becomes sufficiently moist.
Expose your clothes to sunlight by hanging them for 3-4 hours. The whole process should dry your clothes and get rid of the campfire odor completely.
Certain deodorizing spray products can be used on short notice to deal with the campfire odor. Just spray on the affected area and let it be for 30-90 minutes. This will allow the moisture to dry and give a fresh aroma to your clothes.
If you’re up to it, you can use activated charcoal in deodorizing your clothes to get rid of undesirable campfire odor without moisture effectively. Put activated charcoal inside a pair of nylon leggings and put it inside an enclosed box together with your clothes.
Let the content stay inside the box for 5-7 days. After that, you will find yourself enjoying fresh clothing.
If you think the methods mentioned above are too much of a chore for you, then another effective option would be air drying. Air drying your clothes after washing them is highly recommended. Air drying clothes outdoors would also give it extra freshness.
The outdoor breeze will sweep away any remaining moisture or residue from your clothes.
- If there is a way for your clothes to be cleaned dry, then that is always the fastest way to get rid of the smoke odor
- Depending on how bad the smoke odor is, you may need to repeat the procedures to remove the smell completely from your clothes. Don’t do it too much though because you might damage your clothes
- For very delicate clothing, it would be best if you just leave them outside, under the shade or along the breeze. It may take longer for the air to flush away the odor but at least you won’t damage your clothes
- If there are clothes such as a sweater that are more resistant to smoke than other clothing, you can wear these clothes while camping so you don’t get too much campfire smoke residue and odor
We hope you found this post useful and entertaining. Following these tips will help you get rid of campfire smoke odor and experience more campfire activities. Again, there are two ways to do it: conventional and no-wash.
If you don’t have a washing machine or easy access to water, then you can use the no-wash method. The conventional method is a faster way of dealing with the problem so don’t hesitate to use it if you have easy access to water.
Also remember that the sunshine is a natural deodorizer. If you are camping in an area with a lot of sunlight, then take advantage of it by exposing your clothes to direct sunlight. You can also take advantage of the outdoor breeze, especially if you are camping in an area where there isn’t much sun.
I find lemon juice mixed with water as the most plausible method for me. The citric acid is very effective at neutralizing the smell and it is very easy to prepare.
Vodka can be expensive, and I don’t recommend it unless you have one stored inside your RV.
Which method for eliminating smoke odor do you find useful? You can share your thoughts in the comments section.
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