7 Ways to Get Rid of Smoke Smell

Updated on January 27, 2017

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 was a smoker. And now, you have to suffer the consequences of his smoking habits.

Smoke odor 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, try the following tricks to get smoke smell out of your home.


#1: 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: Ammonia

Scrub the walls with a mixture of ammonia and water. It’s easy to dismiss the fact that smoke smell sticks to the walls of your house. 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: Air Purifier

Install air purifiers to keep indoor air fresh and clean. These devices 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: Vinegar

Use vinegar to remove smoke odor. 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 stench.

#5: Charcoal

Use charcoal to eliminate smoke smell. Just put bowls of charcoal around your room or inside your car and leave them for a couple of days. Charcoal will completely absorb the pungent odor.

#6: Apple Cider Vinegar

Try apple cider vinegar. You might be wondering why you should use apple cider vinegar when it has a strong and distinct odor of its own. 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: Apples

Grab some apples to freshen up your home. 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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        kim 6 weeks ago

        I just recently moved into a new apt ( 2nd floor of a 4 family ) . The landlord did a beauitful job refurbing my unit , new pain , carpet , sanded hard wood floor, polyurethane . But the downstairs tenants smoke . I cannot get rid of the smell , I cannot put anything under the bathroom sink cabinet because the smell is so strong . It coming up from the their unit

        Thank you in advance ,

        Kim

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        Laurie 7 weeks ago

        My neighbors are chain smokers. Sometimes I can smell it so much I get a headache and my eyes water. No one is moving so I need to figure out how to eliminate the smell on my end. Any help is appreciated. Thanks.

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        Cliff Mendrez 2 months ago from Philippines

        Hello, Vickie

        Yes, just regular charcoal.

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        Vickie 2 months ago

        Do u just use regular charcoal like for a grill??

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        Bert Gruder 6 months ago

        Smoking odors cling to clothing, permeate’s wall paint and wallboard saturate upholstery, and brand’s everything it touches with an offensive odor. The Ionic Paint Additive by Air-ReNu turns any newly painted surface, into an efficient permanent air purification system. The ion, technology permanently maintains healthy indoor air quality.

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        Cliff Mendrez 7 months ago from Philippines

        John Smith,

        Well, that's a little tricky. Maybe you bring a small bottle of essential oil with you and apply it to your temples, hands, or any area of the body you prefer so you could smell the aroma of the oil instead of the cigarette smoke.

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        John Simth 7 months ago

        I can instantly smell cigarette residue from my work colleague after his puff outside. We work along side each other.

        What can I do? Help

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        Ellie 14 months ago

        This works so good I gave a wipe on everything in the room and left a bowl of apple cider vinegar smells better so quickly

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        mariam 6 years ago

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

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        Marlyn Munoz 6 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

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        Cliff Mendrez 6 years ago from Philippines

        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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        Marlyn Munoz 6 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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        Jill Spencer 6 years ago from United States

        Good tips for eliminating lots of odors. Thanks!

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        Mark Passarelli 6 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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        ramurray3 6 years ago from New York City

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

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