How to eliminate cigarette smoke odour

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How to eliminate cigarette smoke odour
Rid your house of the unpleasant smell of stale cigarette smoke. (Tonkovic/iStock/Getty Images)

Cigarette smoke odour can linger on fabrics for a long period of time, and the tar in the smoke can even stain walls. Although it's best to avoid cigarette smoke and not allow anyone to smoke in your house or car, there are ways to deal with it. Read on to learn how to get rid of stale cigarette smells.

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  • Essential oils
  • Washing powder
  • Upright carpet cleaner

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  1. 1

    Do not allow anyone to smoke in your house, car or office. If someone has to smoke, politely ask him to do it outside.

  2. 2

    If someone does smoke inside, keep all the windows open in the house, office or car and try to let the fresh air clear out the smoke. Once the smoke has escaped, close the windows and prepare to do some intensive cleaning.

  3. 3

    Use one of your favourite essential oil smells -- lavender, lemon or cinnamon -- and put it in a diffuser. Essential oils have a very powerful aroma and the citrus varieties in particular can eliminate odour. Avoid using incense, because then you will smell scented cigarette smoke.

  4. 4

    Wash all of the fabrics that you can including any towels, clothing, bed sheets, curtains and pillow cases. Obviously, you cannot wash your sofa, chairs or all of the clothes in your wardrobe, so use a fabric freshener that eliminates odours. For cars, use a handheld carpet cleaner or go through a car wash that has one. If you have leather seats in your car, wipe them down with cleaning wipes made for leather.

  5. 5

    Use an upright carpet cleaner to wash your rugs and carpet. The cigarette smoke will linger here too.

  6. 6

    If you move into a place that has nicotine-stained walls, wash the walls with bleach first and then apply your paint or wallpaper.

Tips and warnings

  • Rooms with fewer fabrics are less likely to absorb odours. Wood or ceramic floors do not absorb odours.

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