Looking for an Answer

A friend of mine, a quilter, was given a bunch of fabric recently. Unfortunately, the previous owner of the fabric was a heavy smoker. So, all the fabric reeks. She’s tried washing using baking soda and vinegar and still the smells persist. She doesn’t want to put it in the sun for fear it would fade unevenly.

If you know of a product or method that will remove smoke odors from fabric, please leave a comment below.

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7 thoughts on “Looking for an Answer”

  1. Has she tried airing the fabric outside for a couple hours after the sun goes down (or under a car port or shady side of the house)? She may have to do this for a few days but it will hopefully do the trick.

  2. It takes many washes, with baking soda, for the smell to go away. But don’t despair, it will, eventually.

  3. I found this on another site I belong to. Haven’t tried it, but wanted to pass it on anyway. . .Get smoke smell out of clothes. Add a cup of vinegar to a bath tub of hot water. Hang clothes above the steam.

    Hope it works.

    Nancy 🙂

  4. I too have had the same problem. I design and sew alot and use fabrics provided by others for projects. I prewash everything including wool and silk to avoid flaws and poison dyes.
    Unfortunately the vinegar and baking soda don’t work. You can wash until their is no more water. What you need to do is wash them in a regular scented liquid detergent. Use a little unscented regular bleach if you can in this wash. Then wash them in unscented liquid detergent. It is the only way to get the stench out. I don’t know why but it works better than airing the stuff out or the baking soda or vinegar additions to the wash. the vinegar will also pull the dyes out of the fabrics

  5. This might be a little late but the best product that I have every found to eliminate any odors including cigarette smoke, chemicals on new clothes and fragrance is a product called PureAyre. It works great and is all natural. http://www.pureayre.com

  6. I have found that baking soda & vinegar work, but the best way is: wash with a regular fragrance free detergent, then baking soda, then detergent, then vinegar, then hang outside, then repeat. Over and over. Some chemicals persist worse than others. I used to be able to buy consignment clothing, but stuff like Febreeze and AXE are almost impossible to get out. Also depends on the materials, synthetic binds to the smells worst. One wool sweater I bought 2nd hand was washed in the way I described 47 times, and hung outside in the weather for 3 years before I could get it clean, and it actually survived the treatment… That was a tough case, makes me wonder what sort of cancers, etc. the previous owner is suffering from now & is blaming on “bad genes” or bad luck.

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