7 Ways to Get Rid of 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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!