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