Natural Ways to Get Smoke Smell out of a House

Smoke infiltrates every nook and cranny of a house and can leave behind an unpleasant smell that lingers on for a long time after the source of the smoke is gone. If you've moved into a house where the previous tenants were heavy smokers and chose not to take their habit outside, you probably noticed the smell immediately. All you need is a remedy to get the stink out. Some natural deodorizing remedies will work well to remove the stale smoky smell.

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Even if heavy smokers used to live in your house, you can get rid of that smoky smell.

Wall Wash

Smoke tends to leave its residue and the associated odor on everything it comes in contact with. The very walls around your house are one place that can make your home retain the smell of smoke for a long time. You'll have to wash the smoke residue off the walls to get rid of the smell. Repainting after washing will do even more to remove it. First, you'll need to wash the walls completely. You can use a homemade and natural all-purpose cleaner made by mixing eight parts warm water with one part sodium borate, often sold as a detergent called borax. Combine the ingredients in a bucket and use a sponge to dip and scrub the walls of your home.

Vinegar Bowls

One common household item that is also completely natural is white vinegar. Vinegar can be a useful deodorizer. Vinegar will go a long way dissipating smoke odors in the house by absorbing them. You can use distilled white vinegar in bowls. Simply set them around the house to absorb the odors slowly. If you want it to work faster, boil a pot of vinegar on the stove to send the vapors through the house quickly.

Coffee Sachets

For some people, nothing smells better than fresh ground coffee beans. It makes a delicious morning beverage and it perks you up for the day ahead. The grounds also absorb odors while releasing the smell so many people love. Pour fresh coffee into filters and tie them up to make a coffee sachet; hang them around the house in key areas where smoke odors are the worst. The coffee will help deodorize and absorb the smell.

Baking Soda

One of the hardest places to remove smoke odor from is fabric. Couches, carpets, curtains and other fabric or stuffed materials seem to hold in the smell of smoke for an eternity. You can use baking soda to help pull the odor out of the fabric. Just sprinkle the baking soda on the carpet or other smelly surface and leave it there for an hour or so, then vacuum it up. You may need to repeat this task a few times if the smoke has penetrated deep into the fabric.