How to get rid of the smoke smell when using woodburning stoves

Woodburning stoves are a popular, attractive focal point in living rooms and kitchens. They are only suitable for burning wood and need regular topping up as the flames typically extinguish after 4 hours. Woodburning stoves can fill your home with smoke odour, which can absorb into soft furnishings, carpets and walls. Fortunately, there are some simple steps you can take to eliminate the smell.


Open all windows to help the air out of the house.

Remove any soft furnishings such as curtains and cushion covers from the room and wash or dry clean according to the manufacturer's instructions.

Pour the vinegar into the spray bottle. Mist any remaining fabrics such as a sofa, carpets and rugs. Allow to dry. The vinegar smell will disappear when dry. You may wish to add an essential oil to the spray bottle to add a fresh smell.

Dampen the sponge with warm water. Rub all walls gently to remove any traces of smoke residue. Lightly spray the walls with the vinegar solution. Allow to dry.

Sprinkle bicarbonate of soda over carpets and rugs. You can use your hands to do this or a sieve for a finer coverage. Leave overnight to penetrate the fibres. Vacuum the next day.


Keep the door of your woodburning stove closed to minimise smoke odours. Wood must be completely dry before burning.


If the smoke smell is persistent, you may have a blockage in the woodburning stove or chimney. Seek a professional chimney sweep for routine maintenance.

Things You'll Need

  • Distilled white vinegar
  • Spray bottle
  • Sponge
  • Water
  • Bicarbonate of soda
  • Vacuum cleaner
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