Whether it originates from cigarettes or even a house fire, the smell of smoke can be difficult to remove. Several home remedies help eliminate stubborn smoke odors from your home.
When added directly to a load of laundry, a mixture containing 1 cup of powdered detergent, 1/4 cup of ammonia and 1/2 cup of vinegar will eliminate the smell of smoke. Add 1/2 cup of vinegar to the rinse cycle to remove any remaining smell.
The fabric interior of a car absorbs odors and harmful chemicals produced by cigarette smoke. A rag soaked in vanilla extract and placed under the seat will absorb the smell by drawing it into the fabric. A bowl of vinegar left overnight inside the car also will absorb the smell of smoke.
Walls and Carpet
Walls and floors represent two of the largest areas inside the home that absorb smoke smells. Good Housekeeping explains that washing walls with an all-purpose cleaner should remove smoke odors. Sprinkle baking soda on carpets to absorb the smell of smoke. Leave it for a few hours, then vacuum the baking soda, and the accompanying smell, out of the carpet.
Avoid using air fresheners; they simply cover up the smell temporarily and add more chemical irritants to the air. If these remedies don't work to your satisfaction, try using an air purifier, or call a professional cleaning service to remove the odor from carpets and upholstery.
Zoobia Ilyas began writing professionally in 2010. Her work has appeared online for Sangam Literary Magazine, The Cynic Magazine, wiseGEEK and Gallery Femme. She writes fiction, memoir, nonfiction and social commentary essays specializing in women's issues in popular culture. Ilyas holds an honors Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Toronto.