The Abcs Of Removing Smoke Odors From Your Clothing After A Home Fire

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No matter how small a fire may be in your home, the smoke that is involved has the ability to drift through every level, contaminating everything from your home furnishings to your clothing and everything in between. You can always count on a fire damage restoration expert to help you get your home back to what it once was after the flames are extinguished, but taking care of your personal belongings is a task that may be left up to you to handle for the most part. 

Removing smoke odors from your clothing is easily one of the more difficult things to face after a home fire. Here is a simple ABC guideline to help you out along the way.

Always pre-soak clothing in odor-eliminating solutions.

There are a lot of things around your house that you can use to help eliminate the smell of smoke from your clothing, such as vinegar, peroxide, baking soda, and even lemon juice. Fill your bath tub or a large container with a mixture of water and a bit of vinegar, lemon juice, or whatever else you may have on hand, and allow clothing to soak in the solution for a few hours. This will help to loosen up the odors that have saturated the fibers of the clothing pieces before you wash them.

Buy specific products to help you with smoke odor removal.

There are a lot of good products available on the market that can help you with removing the odor of smoke from your clothing. Many of these products are designed to be used right in your washing machine for convenience, but there are also pre-treatment sprays and soaking solutions. These smoke odor products usually have components like charcoal or phosphate to help remove odors in the wash cycle.

Carefully wash away the odors of smoke with repeated cycles.

You should never expect the odor of smoke to be gone from your clothing with one wash cycle. In fact, you may have to wash the clothing several times before you can achieve desirable results. Be sure to allow the clothing to dry before washing it again because once the fibers of the materials are dry, you will be able to better detect any odors that are still lingering.

Don't dry the clothing in a clothes dryer.

One of the biggest mistakes you can make when trying to remove smoke odors from your clothing after a fire is to dry the clothes in your clothes dryer. The excess heat inside of the driver can sort of 'bake in' odors, making them harder to remove in the long run. Instead, you should hang the clothes outdoors to air dry or on a clothing rack inside the house.

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