How To Get Campfire Smell Out Of Clothes Without Spoiling Them
As we approach the depths of winter, one of the remaining delightful moments of a camping excursion is sitting around a huge bonfire with my friends. With plenty of entertainment and refreshments, no one appears to be in a hurry to leave as more warm beer is passed around and more wood is thrown into the fire.
And as the smoke swirls around, and envelops the merrymakers, the only drawback likely to dampen our mood the morning after is the strong campfire smell that will linger on our clothes for days on end. Do you want to go home smelling like a chimney? Of course, not. The night was such a blast.
As I invite them to pile in my car the following morning on the trip back home, I notice some of them hastily pulling down the car windows to expel the nauseous campfire smell that has invaded the confines of my tiny car. Everybody is in a hurry to get home and change into fresh clothes.
And since few of us are willing to haul along a washing machine while going out camping, don’t let the smell depress you because I'm going to share ideas with you on how to get the annoying smell out of your clothes. In the following tutorial, I’d like to enumerate two tested methods you can use to remove campfire smells from your clothes.
They are: Traditional Method and Non-wash Method
My favorite traditional method is using hot water. Most clothes are made of cotton fabrics, and water is plentiful.
When packed neatly with the rest of your trip accessories, a variety of deodorizing sprays, like a bottle of Febreze can be used to actually ward off the smell of a campfire. Simply spray the affected clothing liberally and leave it to dry for 2 hours. This will leave the clothes smelling fresh.
Lemon Juice Spray
You will be pleasantly surprised how the citric acid within lemons can work wonders in getting rid of unwanted odors emanating from a campfire. Pour one part of lemon juice into ten parts of warm water inside a plastic spray bottle.
Spray the misty mixture down the entire length of the smelly area until it is completely wet. Expose the clothing in direct sunlight and let the wind and fresh air lift off the odor.
Use a Charcoal Box
If you’re not planning to wear the affected clothes for some time, and have no wish to take them to the dry cleaners, then using activated charcoal to deodorize your campfire smells can be effective method to get rid of campfire odor.
Put charcoal briquettes onto a pair of old nylon leggings. Place the pair into an enclosed box together with the smelly clothes. Let the clothes remain inside the box for an entire week. Remove the clothes from the box.
Apart from enlivening revelers in parties, vodka has been used for ages to deodorize unwanted smells. Pour a solution of vodka into warm water in a spray bottle. Spray the inside and outside of the clothing and expose to direct sunlight.
As the vodka evaporates into thin air, it lifts off the unwanted odors and leaves your clothes without a trace of a campfire.
My favorite non-wash is the deodorizing spray method. Spray canisters are lightweight and easy to pack. They come in many different scents and are easily affordable. Besides spraying to eliminate the odors, you can apply then as perfume.
Did you enjoy the tutorial? The above list is important to me as the author because not only does it enumerate practically tested steps to eliminate unpleasant odors from your clothing, but also ensures your clothes remain safe to be used again for similar trips in future.
As a person who loves the outdoors, you need not discard your campfire smelling clothes just because of a single encounter outdoors. Shopping for new clothes every time you go camping can be an expensive affair.
I welcome your suggestions and ideas on the tutorial especially if you think it makes enough sense to want to share it with your friends.