How to Clear a Smoke Smell From a Room Fast

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Things You'll Need

  • Baking soda

  • Vacuum cleaner

  • Commercial odor neutralizer

  • Pan

  • Boiling water

  • Cinnamon sticks and cloves

  • Electronic air purifier

  • Exhaust fan


Light scented candles to eliminate smoke smells fast and extinguish them when you leave the house. Add 1 cup of white vinegar to 3 cups of water and boil in a pan on the stove to eliminate smoke odors fast. The vinegar smell will dissipate quickly, leaving the air smelling clean and fresh.


If you are unable to clear the smoke smell from a room fast enough, you might get sick from breathing it in. Go outside for some fresh air and call your health care provider.

Smoke smells can be difficult to clear.

Smoke smells linger in rooms for long periods of time and are offensive to everyone, but those with respiratory and sinus problems are especially sensitive to its effects. The smell of smoke is difficult to eliminate from a room because the odor gets absorbed into upholstered furniture, window treatments, carpets and walls. Fortunately, there are ways you can clear a smoke smell from a room fast by using a few inexpensive items and some easy techniques.


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Step 1

Ventilate the room by opening windows and doors, especially those at opposite ends of the room to facilitate a cross breeze. Bringing in outdoor air will clear the smoke smell fast and freshen the air.

Step 2

Sprinkle baking soda on carpeting and upholstery and allow it to sit for 15 minutes, then vacuum. Baking soda absorbs odors in carpet and furniture fibers. Use your vacuum cleaner's upholstery tool to collect baking soda from your furniture.

Step 3

Spritz a commercial odor neutralizer into the air and on furniture, window treatments and carpeting. Household air fresheners will also work to clear smoke smell from a room quickly, but they only cover up the smell while odor neutralizers actually eliminate the smell. Both products will leave the air smelling sweet and smoke free. Odor neutralizers are considered safe to use around pets, so if the smoke smell affects a dog's soft bed, spray it with the neutralizer to eradicate the smoke smell fast.


Step 4

Simmer spices such as cinnamon sticks and cloves in a pan of boiling water on the stove. The smell of the spices will quickly get rid of the smoke odors and impart a fragrant scent to your room. Add apples to the mix, which will intensify the fragrance even more, eliminating the smoke smell faster.

Step 5

Eliminate smoke smells fast with an electronic air purifier. Keep the filter clean to ensure that the purifier works quickly and efficiently.

Step 6

Turn on your exhaust fans to suck up the smoke. Whether you have burned something in your oven or just want to thin out the smoke, turning on your exhaust fans will help clear the smoke smell fast.



Meadow Milano

Meadow Milano has been a registered nurse for over 20 years, with extensive experience in emergency nursing, labor and delivery and general medicine. She has written numerous articles for nursing publications pertaining to health and medicine, and enjoys teaching in the clinical setting.