How to Remove a Smoke Smell from a Polyester Nylon Jacket

by Kimbry Parker ; Updated July 18, 2017

Treat smoke odors on clothing promptly for greater success in removing the smell.

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A polyester nylon jacket offers the combination of two synthetic fibers that are lightweight, durable and easy to clean, but they are not resistant to smoke odor. If you find your polyester nylon jacket smells like smoke from cooking, cigars, cigarettes or even from a house fire, try some home remedies to get rid of the odor before tossing it in the trash.

Fill your bathtub with very hot water. Add 1 cup of white vinegar to the water.

Place the jacket on a clothes hanger. Hang it over the bathtub so the steam from the tub hits the jacket.

Close the door to the bathroom and leave the jacket hanging for a few hours. Launder the jacket as usual.

Soak the jacket in the tub with a mixture of dishwashing detergent and warm water. Use 1 cup of detergent per gallon of water. Submerge the jacket in the water, let it soak overnight, then launder as usual the next day.


  • Add 1 cup of white vinegar to the washing machine before laundering your jacket. This will further help remove the smoke odor. It may take more than one laundering to completely remove the odor.

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Kimbry Parker has been writing since 1998 and has published content on various websites. Parker has experience writing on a variety of topics such as health, parenting, home improvement and decorating. She is a graduate of Purdue University with a Bachelor of Arts in organizational communication.