How to get cigarette smoke out of a car air conditioner

Written by marshal m. rosenthal
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Cigarette smoke may smell bad, but the chemicals and contaminants making up the smoke linger long after the cigarette has been extinguished. Cigarette smoke can get into a car's air conditioning system and aggravate the sinuses of those in the car mercilessly. Removing the cigarette smoke from the car's air conditioner requires using a few specialised products which can be purchased at "green" health stores and speciality shops. Using the products will not damage the car's air conditioning system in any way.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Tobacco odour-eliminating new car scent spray
  • Odour-absorbing deodorant spray
  • White vinegar
  • Plastic bowl

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Park the car outside and roll up all the windows.

  2. 2

    Spray odour-absorbing deodorant spray into the air conditioning vents. Spray odour absorbing deodorant spray on the front seats and on the floor of the driver and passenger sides of the car.

  3. 3

    Start the car and turn on the air conditioning. Run the air conditioning while waiting outside of the car. Turn off the air conditioner and the car after 10 minutes have expired.

  4. 4

    Spray tobacco odour-eliminating new car scent spray into the air conditioning vents. Spray tobacco odour- eliminating new car scent spray on the front seats and on the floor of the driver and passenger sides of the car.

  5. 5

    Start the car and turn on the air conditioning. Run the air conditioning while waiting outside of the car. Turn off the air conditioner and the car after 10 minutes.

  6. 6

    Pour the white vinegar into the plastic bowl. Place the bowl on the driver's seat.

  7. 7

    Leave the car with the windows rolled up overnight.

  8. 8

    Remove the bowl from the car and throw the vinegar away. Get into the car and turn on the air conditioner to experience smoke-free cold air.

Tips and warnings

  • Hang a deodoriser from the rear view mirror to help keep smells from lingering in the car.
  • Cigarette ash deposited in the car's ashtray should be cleaned up immediately.

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