I live with two smokers, but I don’t smoke myself. Our laundy facilities are in our garage, which also happens to be where the smokers do a lot of their smoking during the winter months.
Though I try to get my clothes out of the dryer and up into the rest of the house (away from the smoke) in a timely manner, my clothes still end up smelling like smoke.
Other than forcing them to quit or go outside to smoke, what are some good ways to get the smoke smell out of clothes without re-washing them? Bonus points for the solution being scent free as I work in healthcare and powerful scents (including smoke) can trigger allergies, asthma etc. Thanks!
I did a quick search from a possible product on Amazon, and found this review for Odorzout that might answer your question:
I buy clothes from eBay… I’ve saved many garments from unwearable smoker smells this way, and cigarette reek is seriously hard to remove. I’m allergic to tobacco, so ebay clothes from a smoker would be total garbage without Odorzout.
Odorzout is a sort of mineral. It comes out of the canister as a finely ground white powder with a texture more like Ajax or Comet than like flour or sugar. It isn’t messy and doesn’t leave any residue. It doesn’t have any undesirable after effects that I have noticed, except, that, if you use it as liberally as I’ve suggested, you’ll also want to run it through a drier on fluff cycle until powder stops sifting out of it.
Important: If something has a really, really hard to remove odor, like clothes that previously belonged to a smoker, then soak it. The instructions say to add a few tablespoons to the washer, but that doesn’t usually cut it. I dampened the garment, put it in a plastic wash tub, sprinkled it liberally with Odorzout, and rubbed the powder in. Then I added just enough water to submerge the garment, and let it soak overnight. For one severely smoked shirt, I did this twice. Rinse thoroughly, then wash to be sure the powder is removed.
Who else has suggestions for ways to get smoke smell out of your clothes, without making your clothes smell like anything else?