Home Remedy for Smoke Smell Removal

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Home Remedy for Smoke Smell Removal
Soft fabrics absorb the smell and chemicals produced by cigars and cigarettes. (smoke image by CraterValley Photo from Fotolia.com)

Whether it originates from cigarettes or even a house fire, the smell of smoke can be difficult to remove. Several home remedies help eliminate stubborn smoke odours from your home.

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When added directly to a load of laundry, a mixture containing 1 cup of powdered detergent, 1/4 cup of ammonia and 1/2 cup of vinegar will eliminate the smell of smoke. Add 1/2 cup of vinegar to the rinse cycle to remove any remaining smell.


The fabric interior of a car absorbs odours and harmful chemicals produced by cigarette smoke. A rag soaked in vanilla extract and placed under the seat will absorb the smell by drawing it into the fabric. A bowl of vinegar left overnight inside the car also will absorb the smell of smoke.

Walls and Carpet

Walls and floors represent two of the largest areas inside the home that absorb smoke smells. Good Housekeeping explains that washing walls with an all-purpose cleaner should remove smoke odours. Sprinkle baking soda on carpets to absorb the smell of smoke. Leave it for a few hours, then vacuum the baking soda, and the accompanying smell, out of the carpet.


Avoid using air fresheners; they simply cover up the smell temporarily and add more chemical irritants to the air. If these remedies don't work to your satisfaction, try using an air purifier, or call a professional cleaning service to remove the odour from carpets and upholstery.

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