How to Get Weed Smell Out of Clothes

We all have our reasons to avoid smelling of pot.   Our authority figures vary with age (parents-employers), but our bottom-line is that we do not want to advertise our extracurricular activities.

The best way to avoid detection is to minimize the lingering smell that is left within clothing. When you toke, there is often a lingering musk infused within clothing.  To minimize and camouflage this remaining odor, there are variety of strategies that you can MacGyver on short notice.  By employing the following tips, you can enter any social engagement with a clear conscience.

Preventative Odor Solutions

1 Blow Away

After taking a hit, be sure to blow the smoke away from yourself and your clothing.  Be sure to blow to the side or upwards rather then down at your clothing.

2 Toke Outside

By smoking outside, you can effectively cut down on the majority of the smoke getting caught within your clothing fiber.  Within the great outdoors, there is a much greater space for the smoke to disburse into.

On-The-Go Solutions

We don’t always have very much time to remove weed based odors.  For when you find yourself in a crunch, you can use one of the following solutions while on the move.

1 Fun in Sun

The natural elements of sun and wind can work in you favor of adding freshness back within your clothing. By walking outside for 15-30 minutes on a nice sunny day, you will be able to cut down on some of this odor.

2 Smoke Cigarette

If you are going to smell of smoke, it is best to smell of a legal substance.  By smoking a 1-2 cigarettes before an risky encounter, you will be able to mask the weed odor with tobacco.

3 Febreze

Having this product on hand or hidden in a key location can be a life saver.  When sprayed on it neutralizes odor, and carry it away as it evaporates.

4 Vodka

This substance has been used for several generations for odor removal.  If you can get a hold of a spray can, and fill it with vodka it is ideal.  However, if one is not available, you can also just pat yourself down with hands that have been moistened by vodka.  This eastern drink works by neutralizing the odor and lifting it off during the evaporation process.

5 Laundry Mat

If you are very worried that the smell has not dissipated,  try thinking if you know of an laundry mats or friends with washer and dryiers that live close by.  If you have an hour and a half to kill, you may want to give your clothes a proper wash depending upon your level of worry.

Household Solutions

For those hard-to-treat items of clothing, it can often take more than one washing cycle to remove pot’s characteristic musk.  The following is a list of long-term solutions for wiping out this odor.

1 Rinse and Repeat

If at first you don’t succeed, wash and wash again.  By placing your clothing through a second or third wash cycle, you will provide more time for the detergent to get into those tough to reach fibers.

2 Hang in Sun

If the piece of clothing has not gotten any better after several wash cycles, take the damp content out of the washer and place them on a clothes line in direct sunlight.  The air and sun will work to draw the remaining odors out while the garments dry.

3 Baking Soda

Not only does this substance make your whites whiter, but it also perform excellent work at getting into fabrics and cutting out odors.  Simply add 1/2 cup of baking soda at the beginning of you wash cycle along with the regular clothing detergent.

4 Hydrogen Peroxide

This household substance also does a great job at cutting into smokey residue and leaving clothing smelling fresh.   Just add one cup of this in with you laundry detergent and run a normal wash cycle to smell results.


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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 Weed Smell Out of Clothes”

  1. My issue is a little more difficult than just the smoke. My friend works picking pot as a temp job while visiting internationally and I cannot get all the fresh weed oil smell out of her clothes. She will be traveling internationally thru Guatemala and then back through a couple of US airports on her way back to Eastern Europe and I’m worried she’ll have a problem along the way on airport layovers. She may be a bit naive about all of the possibilities, so if I can just get her clothes issue taken care of hopefully we avoid issues along the way. It’s now spread to the clothes she doesn’t wear while working as well as to mine! Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated! (I will be trying the baking soda next wash)

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