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Vodka Removes Smell of Smoke

posted: 04/11/12
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Finding: PLAUSIBLE

Explanation: Spend a night out at a smoky bar, and an Internet-borne remedy claims that a common bar fixing — vodka — can help get that stink out of your clothes the next day.

MythBusters Kari Byron, Grant Imahara and Tory Belleci tested this theory by first blowing chemical smoke on a couple of shirts in an airtight box until they reeked to high heaven. Next, they misted one smokestack shirt with a solution of one part vodka and three parts water and popped it in the wash. They laundered the other shirt without the spritz of spirits.

In a blindfolded smell test, Grant Imahara's signature sensitive sniffing detected a slightly less smoky scent on the vodka-washed top. The MythBuster noted that the clean shirts didn't smell drastically different, but the alcohol apparently did help loosen the stubborn smoke's stiff hold on the textiles.

Just remember - there's no magical solution for removing first- or secondhand smoke's damaging effects on your lungs.

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