Bonfire fun can end on a sour note when you get away from the fire but find the odor is trapped in your hair and following you everywhere. That little bit of paranoia may escalate if you are away from home and the comforts of hair products and the always soothing fingers of the only beautician in the world who understands your hair. Never fear. Hair care secrets passed down through the ages can clean away the smelly dredges.

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Mix a teaspoon of baking soda with a cup of warm water.

Wet your hair under running water.

Shampoo your hair with the baking soda mixture, working the mixture through your hair thoroughly. The baking soda acts as a clarifier and may even do a better job of removing smoke odor from hair than some commercial shampoos.

Rinse. Repeat if the bonfire smell still clings to your hair.


Combine a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar with a cup of water. Use the apple cider mixture as a conditioner on your clean hair. The mixture neutralizes the bonfire smoke odor and counteracts the baking soda by sealing the hair cuticles and balancing the pH level in the hair. As a nice bonus, it also acts as a great detangler. Let the apple cider mixture sit in your hair for several minutes before rinsing.

Rinse the vinegar out of your hair.

Towel dry your hair, then let your hair dry naturally in the sun. UV rays also neutralize odors.


  • Make a second cup of the baking soda mixture and add it to your laundry to neutralize the smoke odors in your clothing as well.

  • If time is an issue, pick up a fabric freshener, like you would use on furniture to neutralize odors. Lightly spray your hair and allow it to dry naturally.

  • Tight hairdos can find relief from smoke smells without the use of water. Rub a dryer sheet on your hair until the odor fades.