How to Get Smoke Smell Out of Clothes Without Washing

We can find ourselves in uncomfortable situations that require us to remove smells from clothes without washing.  This is often the case of having limited clothing, where the needed attire is caked in the smoke of countless cigarettes from the night before.

Fortunately, there exist a wide range of solutions for removing the smell of smoke from clothes without washing.  In this guide, there will be an assortment of tips provided for people who are away from their home and on the go.  No matter where you happen to find yourself, you should be able to utilize one of these solutions for bringing the freshness back to your clothing and removing a smokey odor.

Smell Removal Solutions

1 Vodka

Splash or spray vodka on clothing and hang for 10-15 minutes to air dry.  The solution evaporates much faster than water and will carry of much of the odor with it.

2 Febreze

This product works wonders at eliminating odors.  Simply spray down clothing with this solution and allow 10-20 minutes to air dry the smokey odors should be neutralized and off your clothing.

3 Softener

FabricPlace 3-4 sheets of clothing softener with smelly clothes in dryer and turn on high for the sheets to release there full effect.  Let turn cycle run for 10-20 minutes before clothes become odor free.

4 Fresh Air + Sun

Harnessing natural UV rays can be one of your best defenses against this smokey build up.  Though it can take some time for this process to work it’s magic,  a day or two hanging in direct sunlight will rid the worst smokey odors from your clothing.

5 Tea Tree Oil

This chemical compound has been used for several household solution over multiple generations.  Mix a teaspoon of tea tree oil with one cup of water.  Liberally spray clothing down and hang it to dry outside on a clothes line.

6 Borax & Baking Soda

Mix Borax and backing soda within equal parts to create a smell removing powder compound.  Place clothing on floor within the corner of room, and proceed to spread the powder over the entire article of clothing. After 24-48 hours, shake powder off clothing and vacuum the powder from flooring.

7 Activated Charcoal

Place several activated charcoal briquets within the pair of nylon leggings.  Take clothing and nylon enclosed activated charcoal briquets and place within sealed trash bag.  Let contents sit within bag for 5-7 days, before removing freshened clothing.

8 Dry Cleaners

If the above household solutions have not been effective, you can resort to taking your clothing into the dry cleaners.  Though this option costs more money, it does save you time and also ensure that you garments will be smelling fresh again.


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Joe Fresh

Joe is an odor combatant, chemistry extraordinaire and all around good guy. He has an over-productive olfactory system with absolutely zero tolerance for unpleasant aromas.

One thought on “How to Get Smoke Smell Out of Clothes Without Washing”

  1. My grandparents smoke indoors. Just poking your head in the living room and the smell of smoke strikes you. I am not a smoker. What is the best method to use when you’re on the go?

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