How to Get Rid of Smoky Smells


Looking for tips on how to get the smell of smoke out of your clothes or have you just spilled ash on your favourite suit? Cigarettes can be a pleasure for some, but they’re certainly messy and the smell of nicotine can be a deal breaker for some people. That’s why our laundry experts have brought together some of their best ideas for how to get the smell of smoke out of your clothes…

Dry washable fabrics outside

It can seem like an obvious point, but drying your clothes outside can really help stop your clothes from smelling like an ashtray. In fact, it helps in two ways – firstly because you’re removing your clothes from a closed, potentially smoky environment and secondly because you’re exposing the fabric to sunlight. Too much direct sunlight may cause colours to fade, but a few hours’ worth will kill bacteria and neutralise smells wonderfully.

Dry clean non-washable fabrics

Unfortunately, if the care label says dry clean only then you won’t be able to wash them outside – which means drying them in the breeze isn’t an option either. Book a Laundrapp collection today to get your clothes picked up, professionally cleaned and returned to you without the lingering smell of stale smoke.

Seal away clothes after washing

If you smoke a lot at home then it’s definitely possible that the smell of smoke will work its way into your clothes even when you’re not wearing them. The solution? Seal them away as best you can, ideally using sealable plastic bags or firmly closing drawers that stops smoky air reaching your most precious clothes. It may seem extreme, but for your most prized suits and dresses it can be worth the fuss!

Pre-treat clothes to remove ash stains

Accidentally flicked ash all over your best trousers? First off: Don’t rub it in! Instead, shake your clothes out firmly to flick the reside ash cleanly off the fabric. Rubbing or trying to brush the ash off you will just massage the stain deeper into the fabric. After you’ve shaken it out as much as you can, use a laundry pre-treatment spray to help minimise the damage and wash the item on the highest setting the care label indicates. Be warned though, ash is one of the most difficult stains to remove!

How to remove nicotine stains

The yellow build-up of nicotine and tar can be quite unsightly to some, but luckily it doesn’t take all that much work to neutralise the stain and a quick blast of Febreeze is usually enough to stop the smell of cigarettes too. The key to getting the yellowed stains out is to make sure you soak your clothes thoroughly in a mix of warm water and a 1/2 teaspoon of detergent. Give it at least 15 minutes, then rinse with warm water and launder in your washing machine as normal.

Want an easier way to get rid of ash and nicotine stains? Give your clothes to Laundrapp instead and get £10 off your first order with voucher code SMOKE. We’ll even collect and deliver your laundry for your for free, anywhere in the UK. Ordering with Laundrapp is easy, so book a laundry collection today!