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    How Do I get Rid of the Smoke Smell?

    I just got back from a four day, three night hiking trip in the Smokys. It was my first real trip using the hammock. It was great! I had tested my setup at home so I was ready to go with adequate insulation and I knew how to set the hammock and tarp up.

    The thing I have no idea of how to deal with is the smoke smell. I tried to stay well away from the camp fire but in some camps sites there were multiple fires and my rig got inundated with campfire smoke.

    I have the gear hanging on the back porch trying to air it our but I was wondering if there are any "home remedies" that might help? I like to keep my gear in preteen shape so it will last.

    The hammock is a Warbonnet Blackbird and the tarp is a Mamajamba. Any advice you can provide will be gratefully accepted.

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    Get rid of it? Dunno why you'd want to do that. I love when I pull my gear out to pack for a trip and get hit with that wonderful campfire smell. Smell is the sense most tied to memory.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OldRagFreeze View Post
    Get rid of it? Dunno why you'd want to do that. I love when I pull my gear out to pack for a trip and get hit with that wonderful campfire smell. Smell is the sense most tied to memory.
    +1 on that I love the smell of campfire smoke
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    Quote Originally Posted by OldRagFreeze View Post
    Get rid of it? Dunno why you'd want to do that. I love when I pull my gear out to pack for a trip and get hit with that wonderful campfire smell. Smell is the sense most tied to memory.
    Amen! Embrace it...don't try to mask it. Many people complain about the smell of soot after using their woodburning stoves. I love it! A whiff of that conjures up good times had on the trail more than anything else.

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    I've not used it specifically on wood smoke odors, but I've used it on everything else I can think of. Try a 50/50 vodka and water mix in a spray bottle while your hammock is airing out. It's my go-to when trying to remove odors from any fabric.

    Just pick up a cheap bottle of vodka, mix and spray!
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    Quote Originally Posted by OldRagFreeze View Post
    Get rid of it? Dunno why you'd want to do that. I love when I pull my gear out to pack for a trip and get hit with that wonderful campfire smell. Smell is the sense most tied to memory.
    my thoughts also

    Quote Originally Posted by FBG View Post
    I've not used it specifically on wood smoke odors, but I've used it on everything else I can think of. Try a 50/50 vodka and water mix in a spray bottle while your hammock is airing out. It's my go-to when trying to remove odors from any fabric.

    Just pick up a cheap bottle of vodka, mix and spray!

    why waste the vodka..just drink it
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ewker View Post
    my thoughts also




    why waste the vodka..just drink it
    I'm not sure you wanna be drinking the stuff I buy at like $2 a gallon.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FBG View Post
    I've not used it specifically on wood smoke odors, but I've used it on everything else I can think of. Try a 50/50 vodka and water mix in a spray bottle while your hammock is airing out. It's my go-to when trying to remove odors from any fabric.

    Just pick up a cheap bottle of vodka, mix and spray!
    Exactly what i do - works on all sorts of this to refresh!
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    Quote Originally Posted by dragon360 View Post
    Exactly what i do - works on all sorts of this to refresh!
    Does anyone know the science behind why it works? Curious.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hairbear View Post
    Does anyone know the science behind why it works? Curious.
    It's the alcohol. It kills the bacteria and enzymes that cause the odors. Also the reason it's so quick drying.


    EDIT: I attend the St Louis Renaissance Faire each year and the vodka/water mix is used heavily by those on cast who can only spot clean their garb each night due to the fabric or elaborate needle and bead work. It's a proven method of cleaning and removing odors.
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