When Your Clothes Smell Like Your Dinner

There is a lot about cooking I like; and there is one thing I don’t. Have you ever spent an afternoon preparing dinner only to find that your clothes smell even the next day? Who wants to wash them or take them to the dry cleaners (expensive!) every time you make a meal? This is the strangest side effect of my favorite pastime. So how do you remove smoke smell from clothes and make sure there is No More Smoke Smell? Do you know any good tips or tricks?

Another way that your dinner remains in your clothing, oddly enough, is when you dine out at a barbecue restaurant that uses meat smokers. Even hibachi style places generate a lot of smoke. The residue lasts for hours. I hate to avoid my favorite spots just because of a little telltale odor. I just don’t want to think about the consequences every time I go out. It totally spoils all the fun.

It is time to take matters into my own hands when it comes to cleaning or washing. Smoke is like dirt; it isn’t permanent (as a rule) and it comes out in due time. I suppose that airing everything out on the patio is a good way to start to reduce some of the smell before dumping it all into the washing machine. I tried deodorizing spray, but it leaves its own sweet odor in place of the original cigarette or cooking smoke. It is a good temporary fix that lasts a few hours. There is nothing like a good machine washing with a few drops of lemon or eucalyptus oil. You can also put one of those store-bought sheets in the dryer for a nice fresh scent. The drycleaners also know just what to do. At first, I thought I would only wear ugly, old clothes to my barbecue places; but I now know that this isn’t necessary. They must be machine washable—the only criterion.

People tell me that they can’t get smells out of wool. When they walk around in public, they know they reek. Someone inevitably complains when they board a bus. I think they are not giving it any real effort. Don’t they know you can buy “smoke exterminator” online. Clorox makes an odor defense spray—love the name! Fight it with all your might! One friend told me that he has an air purifier at home and places any smelly items in the same room. It works very well. He likes to wash them anyway just to be sure. You get used to the smell and don’t realize that a bit of an odor remains.

Most people deal with cigarette smoke obtained second hand from closed-in places. You never think about what gets into fabric or your hair in a restaurant, and I mean a non-smoking one. Now you are alerted to the possibility and know just what to do!