How to get a burnt smoke scent out of your house

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How to get a burnt smoke scent out of your house
Smoke can cause a lingering, unpleasant smell in the house. (smoke 08 image by Dragan Saponjic from

Whether the scent lingering in your home is from a fire or a ruined dinner, a burnt, smoky scent is unpleasant in any context. The lingering smell of something burning can last much longer than the initial event which caused it, and open windows and doors may not be enough to get it out of the house. Masking a burnt smoke scent will only provide temporary relief and the combination of odours can quickly cause a headache for those in the house. The solution for this type of problem lies in eliminating the offensive smell completely.

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Things you need

  • Vinegar
  • Lemon
  • Charcoal
  • Baking soda

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  1. 1

    Open windows in the smoky room immediately after the burning occurs. Once the smoke has been removed from the room and the food or fire causing the scent has been taken care of, proceed with the following steps to eliminate any lingering scents.

  2. 2

    Set bowls of odour absorbers around the problem area for 24 hours. A bowl of vinegar with sliced lemon in it is a simple, cost-effective odour absorber. Another technique is to soak a piece of bread in vinegar and set this out. A bowl of charcoal can have the same effect.

  3. 3

    Sprinkle baking soda on the carpet throughout the room. Leave the baking soda for five to 10 minutes, then vacuum it up. This should remove any odours lingering in the carpet.

  4. 4

    Clean the oven or microwave which produced the burnt item if the smell is from overcooked food. A paste made from vinegar and baking soda is abrasive enough to remove baked on foods. This homemade cleanser also has natural antibacterial and cleansing properties which will clean the area and remove offensive smells.

  5. 5

    Remove any fire damaged items from the house. If any kind of home fire has occurred, damaged floors, walls and ceiling beams should be repaired and replaced.

  6. 6

    Fill a bowl with vinegar and lemon slices and microwave on low for a minute, or simmer this mixture on the hob for a final odour absorber.

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