Top Tips for Getting Cigar Smoke Out of Clothes
For members of the cigar smoker community, nothing quite matches the smell and aroma of a fine cigar. We thoroughly enjoy the smell of finely aged tobacco, and after a while, we even fail to notice the smell on our clothes. However, that might not be the same for our friends and family.
I know when I lived with my parents, my mom was not a fan of the cigar smell I would bring home. Yet it was in those years that I found several key ways to break up the cigar smell that was attached to nearly my entire wardrobe. For today’s article, let us look at some remedies to remove the smoke smell from your clothes.
Wash with Vinegar
The most obvious remedy for removing the cigar smoke smell is simply to wash your clothes in a washing machine. Sometimes, however, using hot water and detergent may not be enough. Luckily for you, I’ve found a way to make it work every single time. It calls for using that age-old cleaner known as vinegar.
First, set your washing temperature on high and fill it with hot water. Before placing in your clothes, add one cup of white vinegar. This will help break down the smoke and tar found in the clothes. Add some detergent and run the machine. If possible, try to air dry the clothes after and you should be all set.
Bag Your Clothes
Let’s say you have a few shirts that you love to smoke in, but you don’t have any vinegar, or don’t like using them in your washing machine. Well, this age-old home remedy should work just fine. All you need is a big plastic bag, such as a Ziploc, and a few dryer sheets. It might sound weird and simple, but trust me, it works.
What you want to do is fold your clothes and place them in the plastic bag. Then add in a dryer sheet or two, depending on how many clothing items you have. Push down on the bag to get all the air out, and then seal the bag. The dry sheets will help pull out a lot of the odor from the clothes. After a day or so, the sheet should have pulled out a tremendous amount of the smell, and then you can just wash as usual.
Hang the Clothes Outside
This technique is, of course, based on the time of year and the weather, but it is simple, efficient, and the method I use most often. All you need is a hanger and some type of odor eliminator spray, such as Febreze. Following these steps will help your clothes regain that fresh, springtime scent.
All you need to do is hang your clothes on a hanger or outdoor clothesline. Then give them a quick spritz with your spray (but not so much that the clothes get wet). Then leave them outside for an hour or so, and you should have eliminated all the smoke odor.