How to Get Campfire Smell out of Your Tent?

How to Get Campfire Smell out of Your Tent

I put my tent too close to the campfire the last time I went camping. Fortunately, there wasn’t any burnt material, but my tent smelled of smoke the following morning. When I read the article, I was inspired to think about ways to remove campfire odor from your tent.

Campfire odors can linger in tents for a long time, causing them to have a strong odor. The details you need to know about saving your tent are outlined below. According to my research, citrus and vinegar sprays, sunlight, and baths can help you get rid of the odor.

Tent Cleaners

The most obvious way to clean a tent is with a tent cleaner. If you don’t want to use a cleaner to get rid of the odor, you can use these to strengthen the waterproofing and UV resistance of your tent. You can use these to strengthen your tent’s waterproofing and UV resistance. You can use them to strengthen the waterproofing and UV resistance of your tent, and they work well.

Nikwax Tent & Gear SolarWash

Nikwax Tent & Gear SolarWash

There are several great features to this cleaner from Nikwax. You only have to spray it on, let it dry, and then wipe it off for this product to work.

While most cleaners strip waterproofing, this spray doesn’t do that. It also has foaming spraying technology, which reduces runoff and increases UV protection, resulting in a longer tent lifespan.

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Baking Soda Paste

Baking Soda Paste for Tent

Whenever you notice something smelling in the back of your refrigerator, reach for the baking soda right away, if you’re anything like my family.

The most common “bad” scents are acidic ones, such as those that come from campfires. Baking soda, as a base, neutralizes the acidic scents by neutralizing them.

You can make a tent using a mixture of 3 parts water and 1 part baking soda. After creating this paste, rub it on the tent and ensure a thin layer of oil is applied.

If the paste has dried, allow it to sit for about an hour or until it is no longer paste and reverts to powder form. Make sure you vacuum any powder remaining in the tent after it is shaken out.

For an effective tent cleaning, this procedure should be repeated several times, though it is not necessary to repeat it more than once.

Tip! This method neutralizes campfire odors without changing the original smell in your tent. There is no need to add new smells since it neutralizes odors without adding new ones.

Citric Spray

You just need a spray water bottle and a citrus fruit. After you have zested the citrus fruit, add a little warm water to it. After the citrus has been zested, you can add the water again. Spray liberally with water from the spray bottle, and then place your tent inside after the citrus elements have absorbed into it for 30 minutes.

It is also possible to use citric acid in other ways in addition to acting as a natural deodorizer. Unlike other chemical cleaners, citric acid does not damage tent fabric as much as other chemicals. When it is dried, the acid breaks down molecules responsible for the smell and releases its own fresh aroma.

Avoid using Febreeze or any other chemical cleaner on your tent. Chemicals may react poorly with the material (particularly when combined with UV rays from the sun), causing permanent damage to it.

Apple Cider Vinegar Spray

Create a Cleaning Solution

This method is similar to the citrus method, but with a little stronger results. It requires 2 parts apple cider vinegar to 1 part warm water.

Therefore, if you want 1 cup of cleaner, use this method. Prepare the warm water by mixing ⅔ cups of apple cider vinegar with ⅓ cups of apple cider vinegar.

Spread out the mixture on top of the tent, and then spray it down until it’s covered. Let it air dry.

Fermenting vinegar turns sugar into alcohol, which is then fermented again to form acetic acid. This acid breaks down stains and odors.

A combination of white vinegar and apple cider vinegar works well. Apple cider vinegar is stronger than conventional vinegar, but it is less volatile. Besides that, it smells better.

The best deodorizer is white vinegar. It is produced in factories, but it still follows a natural process. Plain white vinegar is more acidic than apple cider vinegar, and its sour smell is stronger.

Sunlight Method

Leaving your tent in the sun and allowing it to air dry is the most natural method of removing campfire smells from tents.

The tent must face direct sunlight, so that you can air it out and break down the molecules that create the smell. Besides removing some of the smell, UV radiation can also break down the molecules that create the smell.

There are those who swear that this is the only way to completely rid a tent of a stinky odor. However, it does take some time for the odor to disappear completely. If it is cloudy on your camping trip or you do not want to wait for your odor to vanish, you may want to consider these other options.

Dryer Sheets

When you’re camping, bring a few dryer sheets so you can use them for several things. In addition to removing odors from your tent, dryer sheets are often recommended for removing smells (such as campfire smells) by rubbing them on your body. They can be used to start a fire as well as repel insects. If you rub the dryer sheets on the tent, the smells will be absorbed rapidly.

Although I have not tried this method, I imagine that it will not be as effective as other options. As for dryer sheets, they may offer other benefits as well as removing odors:

  • Repels insects
  • Skunks don’t like it
  • Ticks are less likely to cling
  • Gentle on material
  • Easy to carry
  • Really cheap

Vinegar Bath

You can use a vinegar spray similar to the one previously discussed. It is finally time to leave the stinky tent campfire smell behind after so long.

A bathtub filled with 2 parts vinegar and 1 part warm water should be used for this. After immersing the tent in the bath, scrub it off with a soft rag or washcloth.

The last step is to hang it outside over something like a clothes line. Once completely dry, nothing should smell like a campfire. White vinegar appears to be the best cleanser for hardcore campfire smells.

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The article on how to get rid of campfire odor from your tent is an informative and helpful resource. If you suffer from a headache, there are a range of easy and natural ways that you can use to get rid of it.

Cleaning after your trip is made much easier with baking soda paste and vinegar sprays. They’re effective as baking soda is thorough, but they’re messy when they’re done. However, vinegar sprays are sometimes unpleasant once they’ve dried.

Hello, my name is James Tinnin and I am an outdoor enthusiast, writer, and avid camper. I have always had a deep appreciation for the great outdoors, and my passion for nature has only grown stronger over the years.