How To Get Campfire Smell Out Of Clothes?

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.


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

​Conventional 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

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

No-Wash Techniques

​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.

Pro Tips

​• 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!

Lucy Gomez

Hi there, I'm Lucy Gomez, camp editor at I grew up in a suburb of Oklahoma and I have been camping my entire life. Camping in the wild is a way of life for me.

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