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How to Remove the Smoke Smell From a House or Clothes

Updated February 21, 2017

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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  1. Open all windows to allow the smoke smell to escape.

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

  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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

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

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

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

  11. 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.

  12. Warning

    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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Things You'll Need

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

About the Author

Jonathan McLelland

Jonathan McLelland has been a professional writer since 2005. He has worked as a story writer and editor for the international sitcom, “Completing Kaden,” as well as a proposal writer for various production companies. McLelland studied communication and theater at St. Louis Community College.

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