How to Get Campfire Smell Out of Clothes (5 Super Easy Tricks!)

by Christine Howland | Last Updated: March 11, 2021

There are so many things to love about camping – from being part of nature and the great outdoors, getting a chance to spending quality time with friends and loved ones, to having the chance to escape the hustle and bustle of city life and the daily grind.

But there are also some things I wish I could do without when it comes to camping, like unexpected bad weather or a particularly loud group of campers in the next door.

The one thing I dislike the most about camping, however, is the campfire smell that tends to linger in my clothes during and after a camping trip. You know what I’m talking about – because I’m sure no one wants to smell like a burning building or an ashtray.

Fortunately, I’ve discovered a few simple tricks on how to get campfire smell out of clothes using materials you can easily find in your home. Read on to find out more!

What You Will Need

For Method 1 – The Dryer Sheet Method

For Method 2 – The Vodka Method

For Method 3 – The Charcoal and Baking Soda Combo

For Method 4 – The Vinegar Vapor Method

For Method 5 – The Lemon Spritz Method

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How to Get Campfire Smell Out of Clothes

Method 1: How to Get Campfire Smell Out of Clothes Using Dryer Sheets

The dryer sheet method of getting campfire smell out of your clothes is the most ideal because you need to bring a couple of these sheets with you and you can use them to remove the smell of your clothes wherever you are. Here’s how:

Pro Tip: Use the Plastic Bag trick!

Don’t want to waste your time rubbing dryer sheets on your clothing? Here’s a trick that takes a bit more time but considerably less effort:

Method 2: How to Get Campfire Smell Out of Clothes Using Vodka

Method 3: How to Get Campfire Smell Out of Clothes Using Activated Charcoal and Baking Soda

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Method 4: How to Get Campfire Smell Out of Clothes Using Vinegar

Method 5: How to Get Campfire Smell Out of Clothes Using Lemons

Some Final Things to Remember

1.) As much as possible, leave your foul-smelling clothes to dry under the sun after cleaning. The heat of the sun will help remove the stench of smoke from your clothes.

2.) You can use these methods not just for removing the smell of campfire smoke in clothes, but also other unwanted odors like cigarette smoke. You can even use these tricks to remove the moldy smell from vintage clothing.

3.) Don’t be discouraged if your first attempt at any of these tricks doesn’t remove the smell of smoke completely. Depending on how intense the odor is, you might have to do these methods a couple of times over for it to fully work.​

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Quick Tip For You

They always say prevention is better than a cure. In this case, if you want to minimize having clothes that smell like a bonfire, there are certain fabrics and pieces of clothing that are more resistant to the smell of smoke.

Because of the unique material, it’s made of, most cold-resistant clothing not only keeps you warm and properly insulated in the coldest of nights at camp, they also repeal campfire smell, so wear these on top of your regular clothes in front of a campfire.