How to get rid of weed smell on clothes quickly? The pleasant feeling from weed is hard to resist, but its smell sure is annoying and disturbing to others. If you are in a rush situation and need to find the best way to get rid of the smell, this post is made for you.
Plus, if you need to prevent the smell from overwhelming your clothes next time, I have the best tricks to make it happen. So, make sure you follow thoroughly until the end.
Unlike cigarettes, marijuana or cannabis has a potent and distinct smell of herbs. Now, it is not a problem for smokers because they will find it appealing and attractive. For non-smokers, the smell is really disturbing and irritating.
When dried cannabis is burned, terpenes are released and form a typical weed smell that enchants the smokers. As the scent is relatively strong, it can haunt your clothes for quite a long time (1).
I have to say that not only your clothes, your hair and even other fabric furniture around your house could be masked with the smell if you smoke indoors. But don’t panic! I know just the best method for you right down here.
I have gathered the most efficient methods to blow away the marijuana smell on your clothes. Feel free to choose the best way that is suitable for you.
Vinegar has a robust signature smell that could minimize and even eliminate the odor scent of burnt weed. Don’t worry; the smell from vinegar will fade and vanish after your clothes are dried.
Combine the sudsy water formed by your favorite soap and the powerful laundry detergent; no smell of odor could sustain this combination. Now, follow the step-by-step guide below.
- White vinegar
- Laundry detergent
- Hot water
Step 1: Initially, wash your clothes with the laundry detergent you often use for the garments.
Step 2: Rinse your clothes with water.
Step 3: Make sudsy water using the prepared soap.
Step 4: Apply white vinegar and the sudsy water from the soap during the washing process (hand wash or machine wash is both fine). Use the hottest temperature allowed in the care tag if you wash with the washing machine.
Step 5: Keep repeating the whole process for a couple of times until your clothes are free from the bad odor.
Step 6: Dry your clothes.
Note: You can soak your clothes entirely with the white vinegar for an hour before washing if your clothes are heavily coated with the cannabis smell.
One of the key ways to eliminate the smell from your clothes is using another robust smell to overpower the previous scent. Well, a scented soap is an excellent nominee for this role.
You should only use this option for white or light color clothes as the soap might discolor your garments.
The procedure is quite simple; you only need to pre-wash your clothes with soap and a little rub to do the trick. Then, just wash with the clothes normally; the smell will no longer persist on your clothes anymore.
To empower the deodorizing procedure, you can add some drops of concentrated soap for a couple of minutes before machine washing your clothes. The added soap will ensure your washed clothes are free from the weed smell.
Baking soda has the ability to balance the pH level in acid, so it will neutralize the smell from marijuana. If you happen to have a box of baking soda in your home right now, here is how you should use it.
Instructions for washable clothes
Step 1: Blend one cup of baking soda with warm water.
Step 2: Submerge the clothes in the baking soda solution for around one hour.
Step 3: Launder your clothes. The baking soda will take away the odor smell while washing.
Step 4: Dry the affected garments.
Instructions for dry-clean-only clothes
Step 1: Put your clothes into a sealable plastic bag.
Step 2: Cover the garments with a generous amount of baking soda and seal the bag.
Step 3: For every hour, open the bag and check the smell of your garments.
Step 4: When there is no sign of odor smell left, shake off all the baking soda, and your clothes are ready to use.
An additional instruction using vacuum and baking soda
Note: Only use this method if your fabric is endurable because the sucking force of the vacuum can damage the fragile fibers. Use a handheld vacuum to ensure that the force is not too strong on your clothes.
Step 1: Mix baking soda with a little amount of water and apply it to your garments.
Step 2: Allow the baking soda to cut through the smell molecules in the fibers for a couple of minutes.
Step 3: Vacuum the clothes using a back and forth motion to pick up any remaining baking soda. Repeat all the steps if needed to wipe the odor out of your garments.
Little did you know that bleach not only wipes out the stubborn stains but also the weed smells too, exciting, right?
Bleach is an excellent cleaning agent that can eliminate bad odors, and the smell from marijuana is not an exception. The chlorine in bleach will oxidize the cause of weed smell, terpenes and restore the original smell for your garments.
The strength and also the weakness of bleach is its smell. Yup, bleach has a relatively strong smell that could easily knock the scent of weed out but will leave a robust chlorine smell. Don’t worry; you can dilute the bleach with water; here is how you can do it.
Note: Only use bleach on white clothes not to damage the fabric. Or you can choose the color-safe bleach to use on your ordinary clothes.
Step 1: Dilute bleach with water following the instructions on the bleach package.
Step 2: Soak your clothes in the bleach solution for around 10 minutes.
Step 3: Machine washes your clothes with cold water.
Step 4: Dry the affected clothes.
Odor eliminator is great for urgent situations when you don’t have time to clean or take off your clothes. Odors from natural sources like dried marijuana require at least an equal amount of odor eliminator to completely wipe out the unwanted smell.
Remember to purchase the eliminators that are labeled “odor remover” or “odor neutralizers” because they are designed to kill the odor smell in the air. This method will give better performance as it eliminates the cause of the smell, not just covering the area with another scent.
Choose the product that is suitable for your fabrics by reading the package thoroughly. You can test the odor eliminator on a hidden area of your fabric, stop using it if any discolorations appear.
Another advantage in using odor eliminators is you get to choose the most suitable product for you. Lots of commercial odor removers are friendly to use around pets and non-toxic to humans.
Just spray the product on your clothes and the surrounding area and wait for a couple of minutes; the weed smell will vanish.
The smell from weed can permeate clothing, so removing 100% of that odor scent is such a challenging task. Luckily, a bottle of unflavored vodka might help you because this alcohol can neutralize the odor smell after a few minutes.
Before you start, remember that vodka has its own robust smell, so if you don’t like the alcohol scent haunt around your clothes, don’t use vodka.
Another problem is that vodka could damage certain fibers, so make sure you test the product on an inconspicuous area of your clothes before applying it.
- A spray bottle
Step 1: Fill a spray bottle with vodka and spritz the alcohol around your clothes.
Step 2: Let the vodka do its work for a couple of minutes.
Step 3: Hang your clothes or blow them with a fan to eliminate the remaining vodka smell.
An additional instruction if you don’t have a spray bottle
Step 1: Moisten your hands with vodka.
Step 2: Gently pat your hands all over your clothes.
Step 3: Keep on patting until the smell is completely gone.
This reasonable price household remedy can neutralize most noxious odors and knock the weed smell out of your clothes. Hydrogen peroxide is also famous for its disinfection ability, which will help prevent molds or spores from growing on your clothes.
Note: Be careful and always test a small amount of hydrogen peroxide on your clothes; if there is any damage, skip this method.
Simply add a cup of hydrogen peroxide into your washer with your favorite laundry detergent. Run the washing machine complete cycles, and your clothes will smell amazing. Finish by drying your clothes under the sun; your garments are good to go now.
Spritzing your favorite body spray or perfume is the simplest way to overwhelm the smell of cannabis. I prefer using body spray to perfume due to its ability to get rid of the odor molecules from weed.
Before applying the product, try it on an unnoticeable part of your clothes. Just use a tiny teeny amount of the perfume on your garments and wait until it dries. Any discoloration will be a warning sign telling you to stop using the product.
Don’t overuse body spray or perfume because the overwhelming smell can annoy other people. I suggest you use gentle, pleasant, and natural scents like sandalwood, lavender, or peppermint.
This option works similarly to the coffee ground option. The activated carbon can capture the odor smell and keep it in the filter. A filter with activated carbon is a great solution to withdraw the marijuana smell.
You can put the activated charcoal in a sachet or any ventilated container and place them in the closet. The carbon in the container will trap the smoke particulates and eliminate the unpleasant smell of your clothes.
Another way to use activated carbon is placing them in a plastic bag; you can poke some tiny holes on the plastic bags. Place the carbon bag and your garments in a sink or a bathtub. Then, leave it there until the smell is eliminated.
Always store the activated carbon in a container because it can leave black stains on your garments. This method is friendly and doesn’t cause any irritation for pets and your children, so why not give it a try, right?
Note: Replace the carbon with a new one frequently because the ability to deodorize odor will decrease after a long time.
Diffusers and humidifiers can spread the pleasant and refreshing smell around your smoking space after just a few minutes. Here is how you can do it.
Step 1: Hang the affected clothes on.
Step 2: Place the diffuser near your clothes and turn it on.
Step 3: Apply around 20 drops of your favorite essential oil and let the machine do its work. After a short time, your clothes will be masked with a dazzling and fragrant smell.
Quick tip: Lemon or any citrus essential oil will give a refreshing and uplifting smell, while tea-tree oil can purify the odor scent in the air. Feel free to pick the one that is suitable for your needs.
The basic wash and rinse will help clean all the unwanted odor out of your garments. Just wash the affected clothes with your favorite laundry detergent and hang them outdoors on a nice sunny and windy day.
The sunlight will eliminate the odor molecules and restore the original smell for your outfit. For a quicker way, walking outside under the sun for around 30 minutes will also reduce most of the weed smell out of your clothes.
Cooking meals with a strong and pungent smell is a great way to hide the weed smell. Herbs like onion, garlic, or rosemary will cover the odor smell perfectly. Choose the ingredients that don’t bother you or others; I bet you don’t want to produce two bad smells simultaneously.
While smoking indoors, the annoying odor from marijuana will mask the entire room. If you don’t wipe the remaining odors completely, they can haunt your clothes again.
Open windows and use a fan to blow upwards and to the side of your clothes. Allow the air to circulate the area and bring the marijuana smell outside. Also, you can place a fan toward the outside and turn it on; this helps fasten the process.
Don’t let the smoke travel to your neighbors; you don’t want to disturb them with this unpleasant smell. And hey, don’t smoke at all if marijuana or cannabis is prohibited in your state; I believe no one wants to be in trouble by counteracting the law.
The floral and fragrant scent from burning candles and incense can kick out the weed smell without any effort. Plus, many types of candles and incense on the market give great scents and deodorize the odor smell.
I prefer using candles and incense that have a mild smell not to create any suspicion. Light your favorite candle 5 minutes before smoking will prevent the weed smell from covering your clothes. This trick works for incense as well.
However, while using these products, you have to be careful because the fire can spread to your curtains, carpet causing fire to your entire house. So, don’t let your guard down and always observe the burning product you are using.
Note: Use an incense burner or stand to keep the incense stable and avoid igniting to other areas.
Cool tricks to hide the weed smell away. Watch this video to know:
Yeah, my friends. Coffee grounds are a great way to combat the smell of smoking weed. The coffee itself has a nice aroma smell which will gradually overpower the weed smell. The coffee grounds have nitrogen which can absorb the odor smell (2).
Prepare a small bowl and pour a sufficient amount of coffee grounds. Place it in the area near your garments; you can make multiple bowls and place them in your closet or around your house to boost the deodorizing procedure.
In case you don’t want to waste new coffee, spread the used coffee grounds on a baking pan and bake at 250oC to dry the coffee. After a few minutes, you will have dry and gentle coffee grounds to use. Store them in an airtight container for next usage.
Note: Change the coffee grounds monthly to maintain the effectiveness of this product.
Air freshener is another alternative way to defeat the marijuana smell. Air freshener will spread the pleasant smell quickly over the affected area. As a result, the odor will be gradually blown away.
Usually, air fresheners come in three primary forms: sprayers, gel-based air fresheners, and plug-in air fresheners. In an urgent situation, a sprayer or plug-in air freshener will do the trick on your clothes.
You can use a sprayer and spray around your clothes; remember to cover the smoking space to remove the odor entirely. A plug-in air freshener will release a robust fragment smell faster than the gel-based one, so if the weed smell is strong, try the plug-in type.
Also, the gel-based air freshener can be used to keep your clothes always smelling good in the closet. Just open the package, place the freshener inside the wardrobe and allow the smell to cover your clothes.
You can also place a gel-based air freshener close to the weed to kill all the odor smell floating around the area.
Hey! As promised before, here are some tips for reducing the odor smell the next time you enjoy the weed. Let’s go!
A smoking jacket is designed to absorb all the smoke and smell from burning marijuana and protect the outfit inside. The clothes are usually made from velvet and silk, creating a comfortable feeling for your skin.
You can spare a shirt, jacket, or any outfit to use for smoking so the smell will not affect other clothes. Wash your smoking every week or twice a week depending on how often you smoke weed to withdraw any residue of smoke smell on your clothes.
Another great way to enjoy the fun of weed is to use edible weed products. Usually, the edible products are available as cookies, brownies, or other types of pastry. It is a pleasure to taste and feel the weed.
Some reviews show that the consumable type of weed gives a more intense feeling than the smoke type. Treat yourself with edible weed products; I’m sure you will love them.
Yeah, this is true. Using milder strains of weed will reduce the robust odor smell. Jack Herer, Auto Duck, and Northern Lights are representatives for gentle strains but still provide an excellent feeling.
Next time, consider smoking outside to allow the smoke to fly away without masking any clothes or furniture around your house. Choose the area with no one around or the area that is allowed to smoke so as not to disturb others.
Store the weeds in an airtight container or any sealable bag to keep the smell inside the container. Storing the weed inside a sealable container will minimize the scent in the nearby area.
You should also store the smoking pipe inside the suggested containers. Make sure the pipe is cool before storing.
A vape pen or a vaporizer is an outstanding invention that allows you to smoke weed without burning the dried plant. As a result, the smoke from this device will cause a less disturbing smell on your clothes and other areas.
The smell from using a vape pen or vaporizer is really mild, so you properly don’t have to use any mentioned methods to eliminate the smell. Just keep in mind that you have to charge the device before using it.
You can buy a vaporizer online or at a marijuana dispensary if smoking or using marijuana is not prohibited in your state.
Similar to a vaporizer, a one-hitter produces less odor smell than the traditional way of smoking weed.
Just apply a little amount of dried weed on the burning end of the device. Then, take a hit, as usual; I guarantee that it will feel just like smoking in the traditional way.
Such an easy way to use a one-hitter! Watch this video:
You can make yourself a device to minimize the smell of weed. A sploof can mask your exhale smoke with a pleasant smell; just smoke as usual and exhale into the sploof, the cannabis smoke will become unnoticeable. Here is how you can make one.
- A toilet paper roll (a clean plastic bottle is also great)
- Scented dryer sheets
- A rubber band
- Scissors (if you use a plastic bottle)
Step 1: Cut ⅓ of the plastic bottle from the top. You are going to use this part. If you use a toilet paper roll, skip this step.
Step 2: Place around 4 dryer sheets inside the paper tube or the plastic bottles.
Step 3: Use a rubber band and tie another dryer sheet at the end of the sploof.
Step 4: Take a hit of marijuana and exhale the smoke inside the sploof. If the odor smell is not too obvious, the sploof is ready to use now. Add more dryer sheets if you find the weed smell is still strong.
Note: Change a dryer sheet if you see them start turning brown.
Learn how to make a sploof in such an easy way. Watch this video:
Let me tell you a little bit more information about discarding the weed smell on your clothes. Let’s have a look at the following questions.
Don’t Let The Weed Smell Disturb Others
The smell from marijuana can be really disturbing when it is too strong. Just a few preparations before smoking, you can enjoy the weed without causing any discomfort to others.
If you have tried the mentioned suggestions, let me know the result in the comment section. Remember to hit the like button if you find the tips helpful. Peace!
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- Usbg.gov. 2021. Make Your Grounds Go Further | United States Botanic Garden.