How to Use Vinegar to Remove a Smoke Smell

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How to Use Vinegar to Remove a Smoke Smell
Smoke can leave a heavy, stale odour behind. (cigarette & smoke image by Dmitriy Kosterev from

Smoke smell in your home from cigarettes or a fireplace can permeate the fibres of upholstery, carpet and clothing. Smoking outdoors and making sure your fireplace works properly can help avoid smoke odours in the home, but if the smell is there you can remove it with home remedies. Vinegar is a natural odour neutraliser and remover and can be used to rid your home of a smoke smell.

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Things you need

  • Bucket
  • White vinegar
  • Clean cloths
  • Bowls
  • White bread

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  1. 1

    Pour 2 cups white vinegar into a bucket and add a half-gallon of warm water. Dampen a clean cloth with the vinegar solution and use it to wash all hard surfaces, such as furniture, flooring and fireplace surfaces, to remove a smoke smell.

  2. 2

    Wet a clean cloth with straight white vinegar. Wring out excess liquid then wave the cloth around the room to remove fresh smoke smell. The vinegar neutralises and removes the odour.

  3. 3

    Place a small bowl of vinegar in each room that has a heavy smoke smell. Leave the bowl there for one day to help get rid of the smell.

  4. 4

    Lay a piece of white bread in a bowl and pour enough white vinegar on the bread to wet it. Place the bowl with the vinegar bread in small spaces, such as closets, bathrooms or your car, to absorb and neutralise smoke smell. Discard the bread after one day.

    How to Use Vinegar to Remove a Smoke Smell
    Bread and vinegar absorb unpleasant smoke smells. (White bread image by Mykola Velychko from

Tips and warnings

  • Boil vinegar on the hob to remove burnt food and smoke smells in the kitchen.
  • Fill a spray bottle with vinegar and spritz in the air to get rid of smoke smell.
  • Add 1 cup vinegar to the wash cycle to get smoke smell out of clothing and washable upholstery.

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