Just the thought of campfire brings about so many memories for any camper. The warmth of the never-ending stories at night truly is a unique experience. These wonderful memories come with a downside.
The campfire smell is rather strong and tends to linger into your clothes for quite a long time. You will not be able to access any kind of washing machine on a camping trip. Who does not want to spend time with their family and friends whilst reconnecting with nature? You simply cannot stain your lifelong memories with the nuisance of this campfire smell.
As a camper, you must view this problem as a common dilemma. However, this should not stop you from making memories with your closed ones. This article will offer you amazing tips on how to get campfire smell out of clothes easily.
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Methods of Getting Campfire Smell Out of Clothes
Primarily, there are two methods that can help eliminate the campfire smell from your clothing. These methods will help you in making the most of your trip without any uncomfortable aroma.
- Conventional methods
- No-wash methods
The conventional method is the most tried out one. People are commonly seen using deodorizing techniques as a traditional method of getting rid of the smell. It helps if you have a washing machine in the RV. These methods require access to water.
Otherwise, you can simply opt for the alternative, no-wash methods. Following are some of the most effective conventional methods used by campers across the globe:
- Hot Water Technique
- White Vinegar Technique
- Baking Soda Technique
- Enzyme Cleaners
- Hang Under the Sun
Hot water helps in extracting campfire smell. You simply have to wash your clothes using hot water. However, make sure to check the tags of your clothes for safety precautions regarding the maximum heat the fabric is allowed to take.
Keep in mind these limitations as this will allow you safely expand spaces between the fibers of your clothing and help detergent gain enhanced contact with the odor-causing residues.
White vinegar is brilliant when it comes to deodorizing tough odors in your clothing.
- You’re basically required to start off by taking adequate amount of warm water for your clothes.
- Now add a cup of vinegar to the water.
- Make sure to cover the entire surface area of the clothes for most effective results.
Baking soda is a yet another simple ingredient, found in most kitchens and helps deodorize during the washing process.
- You should start off by applying the detergent on the clothes first
- Add at least a ½ cup of baking soda to the water after five minutes
The residues on your clothes causing that campfire odor can easily be digested by the enzyme cleaners
- You need to create a solution consisting of warm water, a spoon of enzyme and dunk
- Allow the water to settle for two to three hours and then add the contents
- Add the solution in the regular detergent wash.
A good alternative to using a dryer for your wet clothes is that you can expose them to direct sunlight. The sunlight should be readily available in your camping days. The method basically works because of the ultraviolet rays along with fresh air that help in neutralizing the uncomfortable odor on the clothing.
This method is perfect when you’re not satisfied after washing the clothes. Moreover, the fibers of your clothes will be enriched with freshness through the process as well.
You must have experienced one of those camping trips where you can’t possible waste water due to lack of any direct access to it. I have had to save water at quite a few and have tailored specific techniques for a situation as such. You don’t need to restrict your campfire activities anymore as you have plan B of no-wash methods.
- Vodka Spray
- Lemon Juice Spray
- Deodorizing Spray
- Activated Charcoal
- Air Dry
You must know of vodka as probably “THE” party drink. However, a lesser known fact is that vodka serves as a highly effective deodorant as well. You simply need to create a mixture of warm water with vodka and store it in a spray bottle.
Spray the vodka on the inside of your clothing and make sure to offer heat exposure from the sun afterwards. On evaporation, vodka will remove the smoke residues hence, neutralizing your clothes.
Lemon juice consists of an important ingredient, citric acid which is highly effective in getting rid of any bad odor. You basically need to create a mix of:
- Eight parts of warm water
- One part of lemon juice
Store the mix in a spray bottle. You need to spray the mix on the exterior of your clothing unlike in the case of vodka. Do this till the clothes are adequately moist.
You need to expose the clothes to sunlight afterwards for at least three to four hours. This process will dry the clothes out completely and ensure odor free clothes.
There are certain kinds of deodorants available which can be used on short term basis against the campfire odor. You simply have to spray the deodorant on the affected areas and let it sit for thirty to ninety minutes. The moisture will dry out and offer a fresh feel to the clothes.
Activated charcoal can help remove that undesirable odor from campfire without the presence of any moisture.
- Start off by placing activated charcoal in a pair of leggings (nylon).
- Put the leggings inside a box with your clothes. Make sure the box is fully enclosed.
- Allow the activated charcoal to do its work for at least five to seven days. You will find your clothes fresh as new afterwards.
Due to the time needed for this process, you can make use of it after coming back home.
If you’re feeling lazy then you can opt for air drying your clothes after a thorough wash. This process will obviously require water. The clothes will gain an additional freshness after air drying and additional moisture will be removed from the clothes.
The process is, however, not as effective.
• Dry cleaning is the best way and most efficient way of getting rid of the campfire odor.
• You may have to repeat the different techniques depending upon the intensity of the smoke odor. Make sure not to over-do the processes as that can damage your clothing.
• In the case of delicate fabric, it’s better to let them air dry under a shade. This will take longer but your clothes will not be damaged in the process.
• You can simply wear clothes such as sweaters and jackets with more resistant materials against smoke. This will help you avoid the whole process of getting rid of the smoke residue.
Now that you have been fully equipped with the most effective methods of getting rid of bad campfire odor from your clothes, it all depends on your preference to choose the best one for your particular situation.
No-wash methods will help you out in the case of absence of washing machine or direct access to water while the conventional methods are quite effective with access to water. Make sure to always take advantage of the most natural deodorizer, sunlight.
Were these suggestions useful for you? Do you have better techniques in mind? Don’t hesitate to share your experience and feel free to provide feedback in the comments below. Happy hassle-free camping!