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How to get smoke smell out of house – Part V

This post is a sequel of the series on how to get smoke smell out of house. In this post we’ll talk about getting rid of smoke smell from carpets, curtains, drapes, floors and doors. Before going through this post, it is recommended that you may have a look at the previous posts which will provide you with adequate background knowledge of our strategy for combating smoke odor.

Wet towel for getting rid of smoke smell

A pretty quick way of getting smoke out of your room where someone has heavily smoked is by partially soaking  a towel in water. Wring the excess water out. Swirl it around by holding the dry end of the towel in a circle pattern above your head. It’s an age old trick and works like a charm. The principle behind this is that smoke is a colloid which means a substance microscopically dispersed throughout another substance. Here colloid is the solid particles suspended in air. These particles will stick to the wet part of the towel hence getting rid of the smoke and much of the associated smell. This is particularly useful if you do not want the smoke in your room to sink inside your walls and furniture. You can read more about this on reddit.

Coffee for getting rid of smoke smell

Ground coffee and coffee beans happen to have strong absorbing ability in terms of smells while at the same time leaning behind an exotic aroma. Open up a small can of fresh coffee and leave it inside the odor ridden room for few days. You’ll notice marked difference pretty soon.

Fill a spray bottle with water and add 30 drops of high-quality citrus essential oil. Spritz the carpet lightly. Fill an oil diffuser with water and add 15 drops of citrus oil. Run the diffuser continuously until the water is evaporated.

Essential oils for getting rid of smoke smell

Indoor plants can come in pretty handy for keeping your in house environment clean and healthy. Studies have proved that indoor plants can help you clean up to 87% of the pollutants residing in the air of your house. Make good use of this natural remedy which is not only beneficial for your environment and health but also give a a soothing psychological effect.

For cleaning floor and doors, you can make use of the commercially available cleaners but do make sure that they are wood friendly. For this you can apply a small amount of the cleaner to a portion of the door or floor. If the reaction causes abrasion to the surface or fades away the polish then do not use it and go for an alternate cleaner. You’ll have to mop the floor with the cleaner solution thoroughly and do change the dirty water frequently because you would really not want to spreading the dirty water all over again on the floor or door making all your efforts go down the drain. For the corners, you can use a hand scrub and wipe away the dirt or residue sticking there. Also don’t forget to clean the baseboards and door frames because you really need to make sure everything which was part of the room gets cleaned.

You can read more about how to get smoke smell out of house in the next part of this series. Do let us know about your feedback in the comment section. Happy cleaning. 🙂



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How to get smoke smell out of house – Part IV

Hello everyone! This post is in continuation of the series how to get smoke smell out of house. Previously we discussed the basic tips about how to clean your house in order to get rid of smoke smell. It is recommended that you may have a look at the previous posts before proceeding further. In this part, we’ll discuss about how to carry out the paint job in order to get rid of smoke odor. We’ll also discuss some tips based on easily available products to fight the smoke smell.

How to get smoke smell out of house

For a repaint, first of all you need to thoroughly clean the surfaces and then allow them to dry. This is necessary to scrub off the superficial dirt and particles. Drying allows the required adhesiveness for the paint. Now observe whether the smoke smell is still there or not. If not – great! Do check it again after a few days as the cleaners happen to mask the smell with their own. If the smoke smell is still there then you should try to repaint the walls and ceilings. For this, you’ll have to visit a hardware store for a sealant to lock off the smell. Apply it before doing the paint job to prevent the smell seep through the new coat of paint.  A more detailed post regarding the paint job can be visited here.

Also, another effective way of getting rid of smoke smell from your house is by using charcoal which happens to have amazing absorption capabilities. For this you can put charcoal in tin pans or bowls and place them around various portions of house. Let it stay there for a week at least. It will take off most of the smell. Remove after a week and observe the remains of the smell. You can also put your removable items like books, clothing, decoration pieces etc in a big bag along with some charcoal. Keep it there for a few days before removing. You may want to remove that a couple of times if needed. Read more about getting rid of smoke smell from books

How to get smoke smell out of house

Another very effective domestic product you can use to remove smoke odor naturally is distilled vinegar. It has multiple advantages associated to it. It’s not harmful to your body, take away the odor pretty quickly, it’s environment friendly and it is quite inexpensive. You can use it to sanitize everything. From Kitchen sinks to toilets, windows to floors and ceilings and also in your washing machine as a fabric softener.

Vinegar - How to get smoke smell out

If you smoke or remain the company of smokers then quite often you find smoke stains on the clothes too which are pretty tough get rid of. In order to clean these stains you can make use of a stain remover along with a detergent. For smoke smell coming from clothes you can use fabric fresheners which are pretty effective in this regard.

Other cleansing and odor removing commercial products available in the market are Lysol and PineSol. Do wear gloves when applying those because otherwise you’ll feel the burning sensation on your hands.

If you have any suggestions or comments then please write below. You may also want to see the next part of this series how to get rid of smoke smell from house.



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How to get smoke smell out of house – Part III

Getting rid of Smoke smell is always a pain in the neck because of all the efforts involved. This post is a continuation of the series How to get smoke smell out of house. In this part we’ll discuss some more tips and tricks to get rid of smoke smell from your house. It is recommend that you should have a look at previous posts too before trying out the methods mentioned here under. In this post we’ll particularly deal with cleaning the ceiling and walls.

how to get smoke smell out of house

As far as smells are concerned, cleaning the entire house at times becomes unavoidable. It is worth noting that the ceilings are the worst culprits in terms of absorbing smoke. All the smoke it tends to rise up to the ceiling and hence slowly and gradually making it a stronghold of the bad odor. Also, many a times people think that by just cleaning the walls smoke smell will fly away however that comes to their disappointment after putting in all the hard work. So it makes it even more important to clean the ceilings along with the walls. For this you should use the solution of a half cup of baking soda dissolved in one cup of vinegar and three cups of warm water. Apply the solution through a sponge and scrub the surfaces where necessary. Use a step ladder and climb to a convenient reach. Clean the ceiling in small blocks depending upon your safe reach so that you may not miss out any portion. After cleaning all of it, allow it to dry. You may have the vinegar smell in your room but you don’t have to worry about that as it’ll fade away taking along the bad odor.

How to get smoke smell out of house

If you use cleaning products that contain glycol and ammonia then it’s advisable to check the effect of these by applying just a few drops on the surface you are planning to clean and note the reaction if any. These happen to be harsh chemicals and therefore must be used with caution. Also while cleaning keep your children and pets outside the room you are working on. It is also advisable to clean one room at a time but clean the entire room in one go. If not done so then the stuff which you have not taken out would still retain the odor hence undoing your efforts.

How to get smoke smell out of house

Do keep a check on the cleaned up sections and observe from time to time whether there is any odor left behind. At times it so happens that the fragrance of cleaning agent masks the odor so you need to have a periodic check after your cleaning routine. If there is no smell left then congratulations. You have successfully driven the odor out.

Please feel free to let us know of your experience and what worked for you so that others may also benefit in the comments section. If you are still struggling in fighting odor and the aforementioned tips didn’t work for you then you may also want to have a look at the next episode on how to get rid of smoke smell from house.  Happy odor hunting. 🙂

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How to get smoke smell out of house – Part II

Smoke smell is quite annoying especially when it becomes the part of the stale air of your house. Smoke and nicotine can stick to the walls, window screens, floors, and household linens and carpets, locking the smell inside the house. In continuation of our tips on how to get smoke smell out of house, here are some more tricks you may find useful.

Remove all your curtains, drapes, clothing and duvets for a deep cleansing. Particular care needs to be taken as chances are that if you’ll wash your clothes in your house then they may catch the odor back again.

Getting rid of smoke smell from curtains

  • Dry clean or wash your clothing outside your house. This should be planned along with cleaning of your house for getting rid of smoke smell because otherwise they will again get the smell on, putting you back to square one. Wash as many removable clothing/linen as possible.
  • Also wash the pillows, rugs, table cloths and duvets and keep them outside of the house until you are done with the deodorizing work.
  • Wash or steam clean your curtains, drapes or whatever window treatments you have in your house. These have an inherent tendency to absorb the smoke deep inside hence requiring some extra efforts in terms of hanging them on a clothes line in the sun. Do not hang them back until you are done with the entire house.

Carpets are the primary retainers of smoke with smoke and ash getting inside those tiny threads. Before washing your carpet first examine its condition. If it is really dirty then may be you should consider replacing it altogether. You can steam clean your carpets with a deodorizing and disinfecting product too or employ the services of a professional carpet cleaning.

Get smoke smell out of carpets

For the carpet cleaner, fill the steamer with water and soap as per the directions of the equipment and run it over every carpet and rug. Don’t forget to change the dirty water often.

Your home furniture is easier to clean as compared to window treatments and flooring.  For that you can use baking soda and vinegar solution as explained in the previous part of this series. You may also want to steam-clean it if the baking soda trick didn’t work. Get yourself a small hand-held steam cleaner and follow the instructions to get the furniture really clean.

Get rid of smoke smell from furnitures

You can also get hold of the commercially available air purifiers which tend to remove the contaminants from the air as well as deodorize. Keep it on for a few days until the smoke smell is gone. It helps in speeding up the process.

If you want to suppress the smoke odor or that of vinegar then you can also use the essential oil diffusers. Choose as per your likings from the many varieties and fragrances available in the market. As an alternative, you may also use agarwood or oudh which is quite popular in Arabia. The authentic oudh used by Arabs is quite strong and may not appeal to most of the people however, the mild versions are also available which may lighten up your room with exotic aroma.

get rid of smoke smell through oil diffusers

Do express your feedback and / or personal experience in the comments section. Read the next sequel of the series how to get rid of smoke smell from your house. Happy smoke hunting 🙂


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How to get smoke smell out of house

How to get smoke smell out of house

Are you sick of the pesky smoke smell which sticks around your house despite all your efforts? It sure is a tough nut to crack because of the fact that persistent smoking causes the smoke odor to permeate into the walls, ceiling, floor, furniture etc of the apartment / house. Also even a repaint alone generally doesn’t help much in this regard.

Though there are some tips which may help you in getting rid of the smoke smell out of your house. These are discussed below:


  1. Starting off with the simplest. Ventilating your house is quite effective in getting rid of the stale smoke haunting your house. Remove the curtains and drapes and open the doors and windows of your house or apartment. Exhaust fans can speed up the process to a good extent. This is particularly effective in clearing the recent smoke smell which is yet to be ingrained in the ambiance of your house. Air purifier is also helpful in removing the contaminants from the air like pollens, dust, pet dander etc and helps in reducing odor though we can achieve without the help of it too.
  2. Smoke also happens to stick deep into the walls and floors. Plain water is not enough to remove the smoke odor. For this you’ll need to have a cleansing solution of one portion of white vinegar mixed with two portions of warm water and half cup of baking soda. Stir it well. Use a sponge to wipe the walls and floors. Do make sure that the solution does not cause abrasion to the sensitive surfaces or polishes before applying. This can be done by applying just a few drops on the surface and wiping through a soft sponge.
  3. To further insulate the smoke odor, repaint the room because what appears to be neat and tidy may have the smoke smell entrenched deep in it. A fresh coat of paint would essentially insulate that giving a new fresh look to your room/unit. However, before you start of with the paint job, wipe the surfaces clean and dry in order to retain the adhesiveness. Do make sure to dry it up as the paint fumes are injurious to health.
  4. Baking Soda happens to be a wonder product in terms of its ability to absorb odor. You can use it to clear away the bad odor from your linen furniture like bed, sofas etc. For this, sprinkle baking soda evenly over the surface of the linen and allow it to settle. Let it stay there overnight so that much of the odor is absorbed by the sprinkled baking soda. Vacuum it up the next day and note the difference. Repeat if needed.

Tools which will assist you in doing the above are:

Air purifier (not essential), exhaust fans, baking soda, white vinegar, vacuum cleaner and sponge.

Getting smoke smell out of house is a tedious task and does require good deal of patience. Follow the tips as listed above and repeat if necessary in order to get yourself an odor free house. Happy cleaning.

Update: You may also want to have a look at some more effective tips in the second sequel of how to get rid of smoke smell from house.

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