How to Eliminate Cigarette Smoke From the Air In-Home

Cigarette smoke creates an offensive odour that will attach itself to a variety of surfaces including fabric and upholstery. The cigarette smoke odour will linger for days, weeks and even months after the last cigarette was smoked in the area. Removing the smell of cigarette smoke from the air is a multiple step process that may take several attempts to successfully remove the odour.

Open the doors and windows. Allowing fresh air in will help remove smoke odours. Allow ceiling fans -- if applicable -- to run for several hours.

Place window fans inside the windows. Set the window fans to suck air out of the room instead of blowing air in. Allow the window fans to run for several hours.

Run a dehumidifier that features a HEPA filter designed to remove smoke odours in the room. Allow the dehumidifier to run for several days.

Fill a spray bottle with white vinegar. Spray upholstery and curtains liberally with the vinegar. Allow the vinegar to air dry on the item. Vinegar is an all-natural deodoriser that eliminates tough odours.

Sprinkle baking soda liberally over carpets. Allow the baking soda to sit on the carpet for 24 hours. After the allotted time has passed, remove the baking soda with a vacuum.

Remove smoke odours from walls by wiping them down with a cloth saturated in white vinegar. Allow the vinegar to air dry on the walls.

Fill several small bowls with white vinegar and place them in various locations. The vinegar will remove cigarette smoke odour from the air. Alternatively, place charcoal briquettes in bowls to remove odours in the air.

Wrap several cinnamon sticks loosely in aluminium foil and place on a baking tray inside a 325 degree preheated over. Allow the cinnamon sticks to sit in the oven for 15 minutes. After the allotted time has passed, turn the oven off and open the oven door. The cinnamon will help eliminate odours while filling the area with a pleasant scent.

Things You'll Need

  • Window fans
  • Dehumidifier with a HEPA filter
  • Spray bottle
  • White vinegar
  • Baking soda
  • Vacuum
  • Cloth
  • Small bowls
  • Charcoal briquettes
  • Cinnamon sticks
  • Aluminium foil
  • Baking tray
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About the Author

Amanda Flanigan began writing professionally in 2007. Flanigan has written for various publications, including WV Living and American Craft Council, and has published several eBooks on craft and garden-related subjects. Flanigan completed two writing courses at Pierpont Community and Technical College.