We all know that smell. The one that lingers after a night out bar-hopping, dinner around the fire pit, or an evening spent at a concert. That stale ashtray stink that follows you home and seems to engulf everything you touch. Yuck! How do you get that unmistakable smoke stench out of your clothes? Try using one or more of these tips the next time you smell smoke in your clothes…

Fresh Lemon Juice

Freshly squeezed lemon juice can be effective. Use one to three lemons and squeeze them until you have half of a cup of lemon juice. Fresh lemon juice can do wonders for all kinds of cleaning purposes, especially in the laundry room. Whiten whites and remove all sorts of odors, such as smoke, just by adding ½ a cup of lemon juice to the wash.

Vinegar Presoak

Use a mixture of one cup vinegar and warm water in a washbasin or sink. Soak your clothing for one hour and then wash them as usual.

Laundry Scent Boosters

Try using natural or commercial laundry scent boosters. You will find these sold commercially in your local grocery store there are several available…

  • Lavender Water – Put some lavender water into a spray bottle and give your laundry a quick spritz before throwing it into the washer
  • Citrus Oils
  • Peppermint Laundry Soap
  • Reusable Lavender Dryer Bags
  • Scented Wool Dryer Balls
  • Scented Paper Towels


Alcohol is a powerful odor remover and safe on most washable fabrics. Pour ½ cup of cheap vodka (or rubbing alcohol) into the wash to eliminate tough odors.

Febreze Odor Eliminator

Febreze is an in-wash detergent booster (used in addition to detergent) designed to target tough odors. It can also be found at most superstores or ordered online.

These easy ways will help to remove the smoke smell from most fabrics. They also work really well on fabrics that have a mildew smell. You should be able to get the various smells out of clothes that have become stinky and unwearable.

The laundry demands on large families can take their toll on you. However, doing the laundry at the laundromat will remove some of the hardship that comes with cleaning dirty clothing.

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24 Hr Meadowthorpe Laundromat is a self serve coin laundry, with a variety of washing and drying options. We have large capacity equipment, perfect for blankets, comforters, sleeping bags, and more. We are owned and operated by a Meadowthorpe resident and have better washers and more drying capacity than ever before. We offer customers a clean, safe, and dependable place to get your laundry clean. We also have Free WiFi, snacks, drinks, and laundry supplies available for your convenience.
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