How to remove cigarette smell smoke odour

Updated April 17, 2017

Stale cigarette smoke odours smell awful. It plagues smokers as well as nonsmokers. No matter how good you look in your nice clothes or car, you lose points if you smell like cigarette butts. Cigarette smoke odour lingers in clothes, cars, hair and furniture. Covering up the smell is a difficult task. Air fresheners seem to only mask the odour for seconds. Rid your clothes, car, hair and furniture of cigarette smoke odours without costly products or a trip to the dry cleaners.

Delicate clothing

Fill your bath with 2.5 cm (1 inch) of hot water.

Pour 948 ml (4 cups) of white distilled vinegar into the bath.

Hang your delicate clothes, like a suit or dress, over the bath. The shower curtain rod or shower head works fine to hang your clothes.

Close the bathroom door to allow the steam to build up. The steam from the vinegar penetrates the fibres and removes cigarette smoke odours from your delicate clothing.


Clean your car windows with a window cleaner and paper towels or newspaper. Cigarette smoke clings to all the surfaces in the car so you must clean them all.

Mix 237 ml (1 cup)of distilled white vinegar and 237 ml (1 cup)of warm water in a spray bottle.

Spray the vinegar and water mixture onto vinyl surfaces in the car and wipe with a towel. The vinegar and water mixture cleans and deodorises surfaces.

Sprinkle baking soda onto your cloth seats and carpet. Allow the baking soda to sit overnight. The baking soda will absorb the cigarette smoke odours and leave a fresh scent.

Vacuum all of the baking soda from the seats and carpets the next day. Be sure to remove all of the baking soda before driving your car so that it does not get onto your clothes.


Rub a fabric softener sheet over your dry hair to remove the smoky odour. As a bonus, the softener sheet will also remove any static from your hair.

Follow this step if the odour remains. Mix 59 ml (1/4 cup) of apple cider vinegar with 592.5 ml (2 1/2 cups) of water. Pour the solution over your hair, avoiding your eyes.

Allow the vinegar solution to dry on your hair and sit for six hours before shampooing it out.


These tips will also work to remove cigarette odours from your home. Pour a 1.2 cm (1/2 inch) of baking soda into your ashtray to prevent cigarette butt odours from getting etablished in your home and other smoking areas.

Things You'll Need

  • Distilled white vinegar
  • Water
  • Empty spray bottle
  • Towel
  • Baking soda
  • Vacuum
  • Fabric softener sheet
  • Apple cider vinegar
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Crys James has been writing newsletters for her employer since 2004 and began freelance writing in 2010. Her writing focuses on topics in personal finance, family, food and fitness. James has a Bachelor of Science in business management from National Louis University in Wheeling, Ill.