How to Remove the Smoke Smell From a House or Clothes

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How to Remove the Smoke Smell From a House or Clothes
Remove smoke smells from house and clothing with household products. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Smoke, whether from cigarettes, a wood-burning fireplace or fire damage, can infiltrate your home as well as your clothing. Getting rid of smoke smells can be done with the use of a few household products.

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Things you need

  • White vinegar
  • Bowls
  • Baking soda
  • Vacuum cleaner
  • Hangers

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    House Smoke Smell

  1. 1

    Open all windows to allow the smoke smell to escape.

  2. 2

    Place bowls filled with white vinegar throughout each room to help remove smoke smells. Remove the bowls after 24 hours and repeat if the smoke smell is still present.

  3. 3

    Sprinkle a liberal amount of baking soda on fabric surfaces, such as carpets, rugs, upholstered furniture, curtains and drapes. Allow the baking soda to remain for three hours.

  4. 4

    Vacuum the baking soda off of the surfaces. Repeat if necessary to remove the smoke smell.

  5. 5

    Add 1 gallon of water and 1 cup of vinegar to a bucket to clean the walls if the smoke odour is strong. Dip a sponge in the solution and wipe down the walls. Fill a bucket with clean water and wipe the solution from the walls.

    Clothing Smoke Smell

  1. 1

    Pour 118ml. of white distilled vinegar into a bowl and set it in your closet for 24 hours. The vinegar will help remove not only the smoke smell from the closet but also from your clothing.

  2. 2

    Add detergent and 1 cup of white vinegar to a washing machine. Wash clothing on a gentle cycle with hot water. Rinse and hang the items outside to dry if possible. Otherwise, use the dryer.

  3. 3

    Fill a bathtub with a few inches of hot water. Pour 1 cup of white distilled vinegar into the tub.

  4. 4

    Hang dry-clean-only clothing on hangers on the shower curtain rod.

  5. 5

    Shut the bathroom door and allow the clothing to absorb the steam for 45 minutes.

  6. 6

    Open the door and drain the tub. Remove the clothing items from the shower curtain rod and hang them in a dry location or outside, if possible, to dry.

Tips and warnings

  • If the baking soda does not remove the smell from carpets, rugs, upholstered furniture, curtains and drapes, they may need to be shampooed or professionally cleaned.

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