7 Ways to Get Rid of Smoke Smell

Smoke Smell

You bought a secondhand car and you’re all excited to take it on a ride. However, you can’t stand staying too long inside because of the strong and repugnant smoke smell. Apparently, the previous owner is a smoker. And now, you have to suffer the consequences of his smoking habits. Smoke smell is very resilient; it seems to make its way towards anything it wants to, from carpets to furniture, rags to walls, your garage to your car. It’s everywhere. And simply leaving the windows open does not completely remove the odor. Luckily, there are a lot of ways on how to get rid of smoke smell. And to make things even better, you can use things that can be found right in your very kitchen. So before your house smell like one massive ashtray, read on and start eliminating smoke smell.

How to Get Rid of Smoke Smell

1. Sprinkle baking soda.

Dust baking soda on your furniture and carpets and leave it overnight. This will allow the baking soda to absorb the smoke smell and other unpleasant odors. Vacuum it up after a day thoroughly and if the smell is not completely eliminated, just repeat the process. You can also use scented baking soda if you like.

2. Scrub the walls with ammonia.

It’s easy to dismiss the fact that smoke smell sticks to the walls of your house. You can get rid of smoke smell by scrubbing your walls with a mixture of ammonia and water. You can also put bowls of ammonia on different areas of your house to absorb the odor. Just be careful and keep the bowls out of reach of children as ammonia consumption can be dangerous.

3. Use an air purifier.

Air purifiers have effective filtration systems that helps eliminate odors and irritants such as pollen and dust. It is a good idea to keep an air purifier in places where irritants are likely to accumulate such as the smoking room and garage.

4. Steam clothes with vinegar.

Isn't it irritating when you put on your favorite clothes only to find out that they smell like cigarette smoke? But don’t worry, you can wear those fancy top and jeans again by steaming them using vinegar. In a tub of hot water, add 1 cup of vinegar then hang your clothes above the tub. The steam will help remove the smoke smell.

5. Try charcoal.

One surprising way to eliminate smoke smell is using charcoal. Just put bowls of charcoal around your room or inside your car and leave it for a couple of days. Charcoal will completely absorb the smoke smell.

6. Use cider vinegar.

You might be wondering why you should use vinegar to get rid of smoke smell when vinegar has a strong and distinct odor itself. While it is true that vinegar does not have a very pleasant smell, its odor fades unlike that of smoke. Place bowls of vinegar around your house to let it absorb the odor. You can also use vinegar to clean windows, walls and furniture.

7. Leave apples around.

Surprisingly, apples are good at absorbing odor. Just cut an apple in half and leave it on areas of your house or car that has smoke smell. The bonus is that you will not only remove smoke smell, you will also leave your room smelling like apples!

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ramurray3 4 years ago from New York City

The apple one is very interesting. Air purifier is excellent.

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passthejelly 4 years ago from Lakewood Colorado

Hotels need to use this. Every time I go to one it seems to always smell like smoke.

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The Dirt Farmer 4 years ago from United States

Good tips for eliminating lots of odors. Thanks!

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marlynpumphrey 4 years ago from Honolulu, HI

I definitely need to try the apples. I wonder if the apples can eliminate pet smell as well

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Cliff Mendrez 4 years ago from Philippines Author

ramurray3, very interesting indeed. You've got to try it.

passthejelly, I couldn't agree more.

thedirtfarmer, thank you too for reading!

marlyn, I hope the apples will work for you. I have another hub coming up regarding cat urine smell. You might want to read that one. Thanks for reading!

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marlynpumphrey 4 years ago from Honolulu, HI

I definitely there has got to be something out there that works. So that way I am not constantly cleaning

mariam 4 years ago

yes, i had to go on one weeks vacation so the baking soda and vinegar worked for me

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