One of the worst things about a fire is the aftermath: Damage to the home, personal property and your sense of security can last for years. Compared with those major issues, it is a minor thing to get the smoke smell out of clothing.
Things You'll Need
- Liquid washing detergent
Soak garments in hot water and liquid detergent for one hour.
Launder garments as usual in hot water. Do not dry.
Repeat laundering of garments five times.
Tips & Warnings
- This process won't work if you launder only two or three times. It works on polyester, polyester-cotton blend, and pure cotton garments. Silk and rayon-type materials probably cannot be recovered.
- This process can recover the color from the garment as well as get rid of the smoke smell.
- Dry cleaning is least effective when cleaning smoke damage from clothing.
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