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How to Get Rid of Tobacco Odor

Tobacco odour can be one of the most pervasive and stubborn smells to remove from your home. You can try to cover it up with sprays and air fresheners, but often the smell returns just a few minutes later. With a few natural suggestions along with an aggressive cleaning plan, you can effectively eliminate the smell of tobacco in your home.

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  1. Wash all linens including blankets, sheets and towels. Remove and wash decorative pillow covers, slipcovers and curtains as well. Dry these items outdoors to allow fresh air to penetrate the fibres. Take throw rugs and loose cushions outside as well and allow them to air out.

  2. Sprinkle a small amount of baking soda or borax on your sofa cushions and let sit for a couple of hours. Vacuum up the powder to remove odours.

  3. Peel some lemons and put the peels in bowls and leave in place overnight. This will help to absorb the odour. Alternatively, place vinegar in bowls and leave out overnight. The vinegar will help to neutralise the tobacco smell.

  4. Wash all windows and other glass surfaces with window cleaner. This will remove any residual smoke from the glass.

  5. Put about 1 cup of disinfectant cleaner in a bucket and fill with water. Wash walls with this mixture using a soft cloth. Rinse with clear water and allow to dry.

  6. Sprinkle some baking soda or borax on the carpet to absorb tobacco odours. Let it sit for at least an hour, then vacuum up.

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Things You'll Need

  • Washing machine
  • Borax or baking soda
  • Lemon peels
  • Vinegar
  • Window cleaner
  • Paper towels
  • Disinfecting cleaner
  • Bucket
  • Soft cloth

About the Author

Valery Elias

Valery Elias has been writing professionally since 2009. Her work has appeared in the "Savannah Business Journal," and she has experience as an independent secretarial contractor, proofreader and executive sales assistant for Fortune 500 companies. Elias has a Bachelor of Arts in English and American literature from the University of South Florida-Tampa.

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