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How to get rid of cigarette smoke smell on hands

Updated February 21, 2017

Cigarette smoke odour, like all smoke odour, clings to surfaces, including the skin. If you are alone in your own home and also a smoker, the odour may not be a big deal. If you are on your way to a job interview, a date or in any other situation where you want to look and smell your best, the clinging cigarette smell is rarely welcome. Soap and water diminish the odour but may not remove it entirely. Other simple, inexpensive products can.

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  1. Wash your hands well with hand soap and warm water. Rub your hands together briskly to create a lather.

  2. Scrub beneath your fingernails with a fingernail brush (you can find these in the cosmetic aisle of many grocery stores). This helps remove dirt and odour trapped beneath the nails.

  3. Rinse your hands well under warm running water. Fill the sink with water until it is full enough for you to submerge your hands. Add a half cup of white vinegar to the water.

  4. Remove your rings (if applicable) and set these aside. Dip your hands into the vinegar and water solution and soak for 30 seconds to one minute. Vinegar quickly neutralises many odours. Vinegar is a mild acid, however, and may harm some jewellery if you don't remove it. Alternatively, you can use baking soda--simply remove your jewellery, wet your hands, sprinkle baking soda on your skin, rub your hands together and rinse.

  5. Let the sink drain and rinse your hands again. The vinegar odour will dissipate soon. If it bothers you, wash your hands with soap and water again.

  6. Tip

    If you are out of the home or in a hurry, use soap and water and hand sanitiser or alcohol wipes to cut some of the cigarette odour.

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Things You'll Need

  • Soap
  • Water
  • Fingernail brush
  • White vinegar or baking soda

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