Remove Cigarette Smoke Odor in Your House


Smoke odor is very resilient and will penetrate just about anything, including carpets, drapes, furniture, clothes, and yes, even walls. It’s everywhere! Lingering cigarette odor is not only smelly, it’s also dangerous to health. Known as third hand smoke, the cigarette odor that clings to clothing, skin, hair, and your environment contains active chemical substances. So whether you had a visitor who disregarded your home’s no smoking rule, or are moving into a new space that previously housed a smoker, following these steps will help you remove the noxious smell for good.


  1. Boil some vinegar, or use it to wash affected items.

  2. Sprinkle baking soda on affected items.

  3. Lay out bowls of charcoal.

  4. Set out bowls of coffee grounds.

  5. Soak cotton balls with vanilla extract.

  6. Cut apples in half, and lay the halves around your house or car.

  7. Scrub walls and floors with a mixture of ammonia and water.

  8. Use an air purifier with a carbon filter.

Lay Out Bowls of Charcoal

Charcoal is an effective, non-toxic cleanser that is often used to detox the body and to filter bad tastes from drinking water. It is also used to filter air because of its amazing ability to absorb contaminants and strong odors, like that of cigarette smoke.

  1. Place the charcoal into several small bowls or containers.

  2. Leave the containers around your room or inside your car for a couple of days.

  3. If the smell isn’t gone, dump the old charcoal and replace with a new batch.

  4. Using many smaller containers is better than one large container because it increases the surface area used to absorb lingering odors. You can also replace the charcoal as needed without wasting a bunch of unused charcoal.

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