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How to Get Rid of Incense Smells

Updated February 21, 2017

Incense sticks are dipped in a scent, designed to be slowly burnt. As the stick burns, an aroma is released through the air that can sometimes overpower the entire room. Putting out the incense prevents additional odour from forming, but you must then figure out how to get rid of the smell that has been left behind. Air freshening sprays only add more scent to the room instead of absorbing the incense odour you want to get rid of.

Open the windows. When possible, plug in a fan and place it at one end of the room, pointing it toward the open window. This allows the fan to suck in the air and odour and push it out of the room through the window. Let the room ventilate for an hour or so until all incense smell is gone.

Set bowls of baking soda around the home. Sprinkle baking soda over fabrics and upholstery if the smell has been absorbed into the fabrics. Vacuum the fabrics a few hours later.

Fill a spray bottle with a 50/50 solution of water and white vinegar. Spray this around the home to neutralise odours.

Things You'll Need

  • Fan
  • Baking soda
  • Vacuum cleaner
  • White vinegar
  • Spray bottle
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Mel Frank is a professional freelance writer with over 15 years of writing experience. She has completed a wide variety of writing assignments for a number of publications that include CNN and various websites. Frank received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from a prestigious university in Pennsylvania.