How to Remove a Smoke Odor From a Jacket With Vinegar

Written by nick davis
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The big party is tonight. You pull out what you are going to wear--the shoes and a great handbag. Excitement is in the air until you pull out a light jacket to wear over your outfit. The jacket smells like smoke. You remember the last time you were wearing it--a night out with your friends in a smoky club. Don't toss the jacket to the side. With a bowl of vinegar and your bathtub, the smoke odor will be history.

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Things you need

  • Tub stopper or rag
  • Bathtub
  • Hot water
  • White vinegar
  • Long-handled brush
  • Hanger
  • Clean cloth

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    Plug your bathtub with a stopper or rag.

  2. 2

    Fill the bathtub with hot water. If you don't have a bathtub, plug your bathroom's sink and fill it with hot water.

  3. 3

    Pour 1 cup of white vinegar into the bathtub or sink.

  4. 4

    Stir the vinegar/water mixture with a long-handled brush.

  5. 5

    Hang your jacket on a hanger.

  6. 6

    Hang the jacket on the shower curtain or on the shower door above the tub of hot water/vinegar mixture. If hanging over a bathroom sink, hang it directly over the sink on a light fixture, mirror or other object.

  7. 7

    Close the bathroom door.

  8. 8

    Let the jacket hang for at least four hours or until the smell is gone.

  9. 9

    Wipe the jacket with a clean cloth to remove any water droplets.

Tips and warnings

  • Different fabrics hold odors for different periods of time, you may want to check to see if the odor is gone after two hours.
  • If you notice an odor on just a certain section of the jacket, wet a clean sponge with a tablespoon of white vinegar and rub just that area to remove the odor.

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