Leaving food cooking in an oven for too long or not cleaning up oven spills can produce an excessive amount of smoke. This smoke will fill your home and attach itself to furniture, walls and carpeting. Turning your once home sweet home into a nose-wrinkling mess, the smoke odour will last for days after the initial incident and leave an unsightly residue on all the surfaces it comes in contact with. Fortunately, several common household items will clean an oven-smoke filled house.
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Things you need
- 1 tbsp trisodium phosphate
- Baking soda
- Brush broom
- White vinegar
- Charcoal briquettes
Fill your home with fresh air by opening doors and windows and running fans. The fresh air will help push the smoke out of your home.
Wash hardwood, counter tops and vinyl and linoleum floors with a mixture of 1 tbsp of trisodium phosphate and 1 gallon of warm water. Use a clean sponge dampened in the mixture to wipe the smoke residue off the hard surfaces. Rinse the surfaces clean with cold water and wipe dry with a towel.
Remove smoke odours from carpeting by covering them with a layer of baking soda. Work the baking soda into the carpet fibres with a brush broom and let sit overnight. Remove the baking soda off the carpet with a vacuum.
Remove smoke odours, residue and soot off walls with undiluted white vinegar. Dampen a clean sponge with white vinegar and wash walls in a steady, back-and-forth motion. Let the vinegar dry on the walls.
Fill a large pot with white vinegar and boil dry on a stove to remove smoke odours from the air.. Alternatively, place several charcoal briquettes in bowls and place them around the house. Charcoal is an all-natural odour absorber that will remove smoke odours in the air.
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