I need help removing cigarette smell from a fur stole.
Alison from South San Francisco
Hang the stole in a vinyl garment bag. (or large plastic garbage bag) In the bottom of the bag - using an opened large ziploc or a plastic container (the biggest that will fit) fill the container about 1/2 way up with fresh coffee grounds. Shake or stir the coffee grounds every day. Leave it until the stole smells like coffee. If you need to repeat the procedure - use fresh coffee. Then hang outside in fresh air and the smell will be gone. Discard used coffee.
I have been cleaning out our closets. I have several old fur coats and was very sad to see mould on the lining of one of them. After perusing the net I chose to try wiping a cloth soaked in vinegar right on the fabric. The mould just wiped right off! Amazing.
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I bought a faux fur jacket on e-bay and didn't think to ask about a "smoke-free" house. You guessed it, the jacket is just full of cigarette smoke. How can I get the cigarette smell out of this jacket?
Try spritzing it with Febreze. My son's girlfriend's family are heavy smokers and after visiting over there he comes home with his coat and clothes all smoky smelling. Febreze took the odor right out.
I've also heard you can put diluted fabric softener (50/50) in a spray bottle, spritz and achieve the same results. (01/22/2005)
By Cheryl from Missouri
I was given a faux fir coat that had been in a very musty closet for several years, smelt so bad. I put it in the dryer on a synthetic heat setting with 2 dryer sheets and when the cycle was done it smelled great, the smell never came back. (01/23/2005)
By Anna from Maine
Mother Nature is the best at removing smoke-scent. When a breeze comes your way, hang the coat outside. (01/24/2005)
Don't febreze real fur coats. Take them to a furrier to be cleaned and glazed (about $40-$50 ). Heck, I took in a coat from ebay that stank bad and had my furrier look it over and give me an appraisal for minor adjustments. I left it for a few days, when I got it back he did something to it - it smelled great. He probably didn't want the smell to get on the other coats in the shop.
Hers my trick (my daughter smokes and when the grandkids come, I can't have their suitcase in the house without getting a sinus infection.) If the item is washable, put one cup ammonia and one cup white vinegar in the washer with the item on as low a water level as possible and run the delicate cycle on cold (no additional soap). When the clothes are through, smell them BEFORE putting them in the dryer. If all the smell of cigarettes is gone (you will smell the vinegar/ammonia a little), put them in the dryer or hang them in a wind. The vinegar smell will disappear with the drying process. If the cigarette smell is still there, a second run in the washer with the vinegar/ammonia and you're good to go. (05/12/2006)
By Mildred Schwartz
I took the advice of a friend of mine and tried a product called Vamoose 1808T. The only company I know that sells it is called Hill Country Distribution. I saw several blogs on the product and decided to give it a try. It smells really strong at first but after a few hours the odor disappears and the cigarette odor was gone. A few days later I noticed a slight odor again so I retreated it and its been completely gone since then. I don't think they have a web site but their email is firstname.lastname@example.org... The guy I spoke with said they sell mostly to hotels and motels and were not set-up for credit cards but he was willing to ship the product C.O.D. I thought it was a little expensive but after using the product, I'm glad I decided to try. (09/12/2006)
I had the same problem and just found a solution this weekend. I purchased gorgeous fur coat from EBAY. When it arrived, it REEKED of cigarette smoke and I thought the coat was ruined. But I hung it in our small bathroom with the Biozone 3000 (an air purifier with negative ions, ozone gases which we bought to remedy a mold problem a year ago as it kills mold and smells with the gases) on high and closed the door. All weekend long the coat was exposed to the Biozone. I was shocked today when I went in to smell the coat. I swear the odor is GONE. Amazing... If you have a purifier that uses ozone (not the filter types) than this might work for you. (09/25/2006)
Thanks for the tip on Vamoose, it works great. Hill Country Distribution does have a website now and also takes credit cards. Thanks again for the tip. (01/01/2007)