Originally Posted by Junebugdawn
I, too, was surprised at how strong some of my gear smelled of smoke. When I get home, I air out my gear and wipe down my tarp with a wet cloth. Clothes that can't be washed, like down jackets and knit Beanies, I spray with an mild fabric refresher and hang to dry. The scent disappears fairly well.
Almost anything can be cleaned if you are careful. I use warm water, either wash by hand or in a front loading machine. I use a very mild soap a very small quanity of the soap. I also rinse carefully. I use down wash to wash my down items, I wash my knit beanies, wool buffs and almost everything. I do not use hot dryers, I do not use harsh chemicals.