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Removing Smoke Smell From Clothes

Launder items using hot water, regular amount of detergent, and 1 cup each of white vinegar and baking soda. Repeat if any smoke smell remains. DO NOT dry until smoke smell is gone. This worked beautifully on my daughter's garments after her apartment complex had a fire. Most loads had to be run twice.

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January 4, 20140 found this helpful

You should not use baking soda and vinegar together, as they neutralize each other. From reading other posts regarding deodorizing, I would suggest the baking soda in the wash cycle and the vinegar in the rinse. Perhaps if you had used them separately, you would have only had to wash the clothes once.

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October 14, 20160 found this helpful

UM.... did you not pay attention in 5th grade science. Mixing baking soda and vinegar causes a reaction.

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October 30, 20160 found this helpful

I know, why is it that people don't get that? Baking soda and vinegar foam up and neutralize each other, acid and alkaline. You get sodium acetate and carbon dioxide. Neither of which dies anything. Maybe they like the fizz and think it will fizz out the odor? This is like the club soda myth - it fizzes, it must be doing something.

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October 30, 20160 found this helpful

yes, but the FIZZZZZ must have some magic effect just because it LOOKS like something is happening. Just stuff your clothes in a science project volcano, add baking soda and vinegar, and watch the smoke smell come fizzing out the top!!!

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October 30, 20160 found this helpful

Don't just believe posts, read the science and the research, duh, for friggs sake. COMMON SENSE people, not old wives tales and urban myths. You can probably find a mythbusters episode on it.

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December 21, 20163 found this helpful
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Our home was set on fire by an arsonist about three weeks ago and we lost nearly everything. We decided to try to salvage clothing that was hanging in the closet, and while there was no fire damage to them, there is a heavy stench of smoke. What was recommended to us has worked very well. We were told to mix two cups of Scope mouthwash into each load by the Red Cross. I don't know why, I'm no scientist, and I'm sure each case is different, but the smoke smell is undetectable after one wash and dry cycle. We have been able to salvage the clothing at least. A moral victory for us knowing the arsonist didn't destroy everything we owned. It might work for anyone else on here with this type of question.

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April 3, 20160 found this helpful

We just had a awful fire it's my grandson's blanket & stuff Batman toy

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March 18, 20170 found this helpful

Please, people, read a little chemistry 101. If you mix vinegar with baking soda you are mixing a mild acid with a mild alkaline substance, they chemically neutralize each other, turning to carbon dioxide gas, water, and sodium acetate, which is good for tanning leather and vulcanizing rubber, but of no use in laundry and will leave residue. Use one or the other for their individual properties, do not combine them, and stop perpetrating old myths and misinformation. What you get from this person's method is the result of the detergent and hot water alone, and you may even impair the detergent's properties with the chemical residue from those other ingredients. It's freaking 2017 already! Do a little research, and don't publish your great grandma's superstitions as fact!

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March 18, 20170 found this helpful

Why in this day and age people continue to perpetrate long debunked myths is beyond me. You have a universe of credible info and research available online, yet people turn to these folksy sounding question and answer pages like it was the advice of their great grandma in person. A rudimentary knowledge of high school chemistry will tell you that by combining vinegar at the same time with baking soda will cause them to react chemically and neutralize each other. Unless what you're after is some kind of alka-seltzer fizzing effect, you are doing nothing to help clean anything. You get the end result of the fizzing, sodium acetate, which is good for tanning leather and vulcanizing rubber, nut does nothing but leave residue. Vinegar has certain properties of its own for cleaning, and baking soda has certain different properties of its own. White vinegar is a mild ascetic acid solution (5%) acid which leaves no residue, which makes it good for glass cleaning. Its acidic properties allow it to loosen and dissolve mineral deposits which are usually alkaline, as well as removing minor rust and soap scum. Baking soda itself in dry form will absorb odors from the air because most odors are composed of slightly acidic compounds which when exposed to the slightly alkaline ph of baking soda become neutralized. The only way for baking soda to achieve this is by sufficiently exposing the source of odor to a sufficient volume of dry baking soda. If your clothing has smells which are acidic in nature this will work

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