How to Get Rid of a Campfire Smell With Essential Oils

How to Get Rid of a Campfire Smell With Essential OilsWhile the smell of campfire evokes memories and nostalgia, there comes a time when the consuming smell must make way for a lighter, cleaner fragrance. Whether you are out on the trail or back home, essential oils offer a natural alternative to scented industrial detergents and perfumes.


Difficulty: Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Unscented liquid detergent
  • Sock or cloth
  • Cotton ball or light bulb
Step 1
Find an essential oil you like. Light floral aromas like rose and lavender work well for eliminating odors, and citrus works particularly well for smoke odors. But anything will do.
Step 2
Fill the washing machine with your clothes and begin the cycle. While the water is filling, pour two to three drops of the essential oil into an unscented liquid detergent and mix with your finger. When the water is full, pour the detergent in. If you are traveling and do not have access to a washing machine, simply hand-wash.
Step 3
Dry your clothes at low or medium heat. Do not dry your clothes on high; the heat will burn the oils. To dry your clothes with essential oils, simply apply several drops to a garment or cloth (pick something you don't mind staining slightly) and throw into rest of load. The other garments will absorb the fragrance.
Step 4
Gather your backpack and other gear into a contained space. Your tent works very well, if you are still on the go. If you do not have a diffuser, apply a dab of the essential oil onto a piece of cloth, a cotton ball or a cold light bulb (then turn on) and allow the gear to absorb the fragrance of the oil.

Tips & Warnings

Due to the potential health risks of pesticide residues, use organic essential oils.
Store essential oils at recommended temperature and moisture ranges.

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