Tips on How to Get Campfire Smell out of Your Clothes

 Every camper will tell you how fun it is to spend memorable nights sitting around a warm campfire. And yes, it is entertaining, especially when telling and listening to stories. The only downside, which this article will discuss in detail is that of removing the strong campfire smell out of your clothing.

It is annoying to have clothes that smell smoke; luckily, there are ways to remove the uncomfortable odor even without a washing machine. With that in mind, let’s see how you can easily remove that campfire smell on your clothes.

Methods for eliminating campfire odor from your clothes


  • Conventional methods
  • No-wash methods

Conventional methods

These include deodorizing methods that come hand-in-hand with the washing cycle.

  • Using a washing machine: If you have a small washing machine in your RV, consider using it. It is fast to remove smoke smell using a washing machine.

washing machine

  • Using hot water: Hot water expands the spaces between the clothing fibers giving your detergent better contact to the residue of an odorous campfire. Before using hot water, make sure to determine the maximum amount of heat your clothes can take. Doing that helps you know the amount of heat to apply when washing. Besides, this stops you from damaging your clothes with excess heat.

hot water

  • Cleansing with white vinegar: Vinegar deodorizes the odorous residue in your clothes and also cuts through the complicated odor. Pour a cup of vinegar into warm water during the rinsing cycle. Make sure to cover enough surface area on your garments for the best results.

white vinegar

  • Applying baking soda: Baking soda also comes in handy like vinegar. To use it, start the usual washing cycle by first applying the detergent, then pour at least half a cup of the baking soda after 5 minutes.

baking soda

  • Use enzymes cleaners: Mix a solution of a dunk, a spoon of the enzymes, and warm water and let the enzymes digest the odorous campfire residues on your outfits. You can learn more here as enzymes as deodorants.
  • Hanging under the sun: Leave your garments directly exposed to the sunlight. Doing that allows the ultraviolet rays, fresh air, and open space to neutralize the annoying smell on your apparels.

drying clothes

Using deodorizing solutions with no wash

If you want to neutralize the undesirable odor without doing any washing, then you will find the following methods very satisfying.

  • Spraying vodka: Vodka? Yes, it is a handy deodorant for undesirable smells when mixed with warm water inside a spray bottle. For the best experience, spray on the inside of your apparels, then expose them directly to the sun. As vodka evaporates, it will neutralize the bad smell and also remove the residues.


  • Spraying lemon juice: The citric acid in lemon juice is very effective in getting rid of the lousy campfire smell. Simply mix eight parts of warm water with one-part lemon juice inside a spray bottle and spray the exterior of your garments. Make sure to spray your clothes until they are sufficiently moist before leaving them exposed to the sun for 3-4 hours to dry and remove the odor.


  • Deodorizing spray: Another way to give a fresh aroma to your clothes is by spraying specific deodorizing spray. Simply spray on the affected parts and let them dry for 30-90 minutes.
  • Activated charcoal: You can also use activated charcoal to get rid of lousy campfire smell. Just put activated charcoal inside a pair of nylon leggings and put it inside an enclosed box together with your attires. Wait for 5 to 7 days, and your clothes will be fresh and ready for use.


Air drying

This is probably the easiest way to remove undesirable campfire odor. We recommend it if you find the above methods are too much of a chore for you. Just wash your garments and leave them outside. The outdoor breeze will help remove remaining moisture and residue from your clothes.

More tips

  • Wash your clothes several times to completely remove the smoke, but avoid repeating the procedures too many times as you damage your attires.
  • If it is possible for your clothes to be cleaned dry, consider that approach as it helps remove the smoke smell fast.
  • For delicate attires, consider leaving them outside, under the shade, or along the breeze. It may take longer for the smoke odor to go away, but at least your garments won’t be damaged.
  • Consider wearing smoke resistant clothing. You won’t get too much smoke odor and reside, plus this reduces washing.

Wrap up

It is that simple to get rid of the undesirable campfire odor. The above methods work very well. They have been tried and tested, so be assured they will also work for you. Which method have you tried before? Which one would you prefer to try now? The ball is now in your court, and remember to share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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