How to Get Rid of Smoke Smell on Stuffed Animals

Stuffed Animals can be a magnet to smoke smells, and getting rid of them can be quite hard. You may have gotten a stuffed animal from a friend or just bought it and maybe looking for a way to remove the bad odors from it.

We have compiled a list of some helpful tips to get rid of the cigarette or even smoke damage that a stuffed fabric animal might get exposed to.

Baking Soda Trick

Sometimes the best trick is the classic ones. Baking soda can be used to help get rid of the smoke odors from soft fabrics like a teddy bear.

What I like to do is to place the bear in a bag with some Baking Soda. I then like to give the bag a shake to get the baking soda into the fabric. Once I give it a good shake, I remove it from the bag, and I very gently vacuum the stuffed animal. You must be VERY GENTLE when vacuuming the teddy bear of its baking soda.

Sometimes you can place a sock over the nozzle of the vacuum hose before putting onto the teddy bear. The goal is to lift the baking soda off of the fabric since it now holds the smoke odors.

Air Dry

The best cure can be as simple as letting the stuffed animal sit outside in the hot sun and air dry.

If you have a clothes dryer, I would dry it on that first. It’s vital that the sun is getting to it too since it can help with most odors also.

Try The Dry Cleaners

Some dry cleaners can do stuffed animals, just like how they can do shirts. Just give you local dry cleaners a call to see if it’s at all possible to get rid of the smokey smell from your stuffed friends.

The worst thing they can say is no, but many will take on the challenge and save you the pain.

Just a Little Vinegar

Vinegar is like one of those fix all cleaners. It’s natural and seems to clean a good bit of stuff too. Vinegar is excellent for smoke smells as it is an acid that really can get into the tar that cigarettes leave behind.

What you can do is take a rag and put some distilled white vinegar on it and gently wipe down the stuffed animal. Make sure you test out a small area first to make sure you won’t hurt the fabric.

The Vinegar will neutralize the odor and help to make it smell a lot better.


Just like with the baking soda trick, there is another odor absorbing product that works great for getting rid of smells.

Gonzo Odor Eliminator Here works great for pulling the stink right out of things.

What I do is get one of my plastic containers with a lid, and I place a pack of Gonzo in it with my stuffed animals, usually, after I try cleaning it by hand, and seal it all up and wait a couple of days.

Gonzo is a type of rock material that works great for getting rid of odors. I keep a pack available at all times since it works so well. The best part is that it can be reused by just placing it in the sun kind of “recharges it.”