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Is there an easy way to get smoker's tobacco smoke out of clothing?

A garment came my way that is the right size, the right color and does the job it's supposed to, but the previous owner smoked. I've run it through the wash with detergent and ammonia, but I still get some tobacco smell.  It can't be dry cleaned.  I don't want to perfume over the tobacco, I want to get rid of it.  Any ideas?

canucksgirl2 years ago
Try Nature's Miracle Stain & Odor Remover. You can buy it at pet stores, where its marketed for pet "accidents", but it can safely be used on any fabric that you can launder. Its basically an enzyme cleaner that can remove all kinds of stains and odors, including smoke. We used it for carpet shampooing along with the normal cleaner and it got the smoker smell out of the carpets.
mole1 (author)  canucksgirl2 years ago
Got some today, and it made a big difference. No more smell in the regular clothes that were in the same load with the problem the first time I washed it, and hardly any smell left in the problem itself. Thanks!!
Burf2 years ago
Add about 1/2 cup of baking soda to your rinse water and then let the garment hang outdoors till dry.
mole1 (author)  Burf2 years ago
I gave it a try, although I couldn't hang it out to dry. It's been raining since I posted. It didn't work on this, but perhaps it would on a different type of fabric.
blkhawk Burf2 years ago
+1 Sodium bicarbonate, another name for baking soda, should do the job.
Vyger2 years ago
An Ozone treatment would fix it. They use ozone machines to kill the smoke smell in fire damaged houses. Someone who does carpet cleaning may have one.