How to clean smoke smell out of pillows?

by Maggie

How do I wash pillows to remove the smell of smoke?

  20 answers
  • Cheryl A Cheryl A on Dec 29, 2020

    I would wash the pillow in hot water and white vinegar then I would wash it a second time with detergent and dry it. That should remove the odor.

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Dec 29, 2020

    Hello Maggie,

    If it is not a feather pillow, then wash it in the washing machine. If it is a feather pillow then send it to the dry cleaners. or maybe you could also try using something like Febreeze, spraying the pillow to remove smells. Another option is to air it outside for about a week in good weather.

  • Cynthia H Cynthia H on Dec 29, 2020

    Hi! I wash our pillows once or twice a year or after an illness. I throw them in the wash with Oxiclean and use hot water and detergent. Baking soda is also great for odors. Stay safe!

  • Wash your pillow. Mine get washed at least once a month, including feather and down pillows. My personal preference is to never use hot water as it sets stains and odors, and never toss in the dryer (or sun) until the stain or odor is gone. You can use a cup of vinegar in the wash and rinse (no fabric softener), should be as good as new.

  • I would wash it in cold water and vinegar and I would keep doing it until the smell is gone, then dry it. I know people say hot water, but I've found that cold water works best for odor removal.

  • Maura White Maura White on Dec 30, 2020

    You could leave it out in the sun - UV rays get rid of yucky odors like that!

  • Sharon Sharon on Dec 30, 2020

    I frequently wash pillows because of dust mites, and some of my clients have been smokers. I spray them down with Febreeze Odor Remover, I use the generic one from the dollar tree. Then I wash them in warm water with 1/2 c - 1 c of 20 Mule Team Laundry Borax, then I add 1/2c of vinegar to the rinse water. Smell the pillow, if it still has an odor repeat. Once the odor is removed you can dry it. If there is still a faint odor once dry, spray with Febreeze again.

  • Lindsay Aratari Lindsay Aratari on Dec 30, 2020

    Sprinkle the pillow with baking soda and lemon essential oil, then wash it in the washing machine.

  • Lauren of Mom Home Guide Lauren of Mom Home Guide on Dec 31, 2020

    Check your pillow care label and wash it according to the pillow's instructions. I'd use a nicely scented laundry detergent. You could even through in a scent booster just in case.

  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Jan 01, 2021

    Odoban is the best remover but I would probably replace the bed pillows. If you decide to clean and keep them, add a protector.

  • Lifestyles Homes Lifestyles Homes on Jan 02, 2021

    If none of the above work, chlorine dioxide tablets made for removing the smoke in hotel rooms work. You’ll need to put the pillow in a room that can be sealed off from the rest of the house or leave the house for 3 hours.

  • Cindy Cindy on Jan 04, 2021

    Hi Maggie. Sprinkle baking soda inside an empty suitcase. Enough to cover the entire inside with a thin layer. Place your pillow inside the suitcase. Close the suitcase and let it sit for a couple of hours or, if possible, overnight. Then vacuum up the baking soda. Repeat if the smell still lingers. Good luck!

  • Cathy Cathy on Mar 06, 2018

    Febreeze is a good choice. If they can be washed another odor eliminator is white vinegar. For really stubborn odors, add a cup of white vinegar and a half-cup of baking soda to your wash.

  • Lynn Lynn on Mar 06, 2018

    Take the cushions outside and lay them down on the grass. The smell will be absorbed. Use an upholstery cleaner as well. Keep flipping them on the lawn.

  • Shoshana Shoshana on Mar 07, 2018

    Mix one cup of vinegar and one cup of warm water in a spray bottle, shake the capped bottle hard and then lightly spray the mixture across the surface of the cushions. Let it dry naturally, preferably in the sun for a few hours.

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Nov 27, 2022

    Great! glad it workd for you!

  • Hea76907788 Hea76907788 on Feb 28, 2023

    Clorox & Lysol make disinfecting spray also for fabric. I use it all bc I hate the smell of smoke on my clothes and hair and in my bedroom, I don’t smoke in my house but in cold weather out the window and can’t. Avoid the lingering smell sometimes so those items including dollar tree febreeze & gain detergent. While Also using one of those UV wands I had gotten during the height of the pandemic.🤩

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Mar 07, 2023

    I would take them to a local laundramat and use a big washer designed for bulky items. In it use 20 Mule Team Borax in the washer and a cup of vinegar in the rinse. Air dry if possible, if not, then in the dryer on low.

  • Jennifer Jennifer 5 days ago

    spray with a water and vinegar solution and then use one of those vacuum bags and suck all the air out. leave for a few hours then dry in the sun.