How to Remove the Creosote Smell

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Things You'll Need

  • Dropcloths

  • Broom

  • Dustpan

  • Trisodium phosphate

  • Water

  • Spray bottle

  • Cloths

  • Brush

  • Distilled white vinegar

  • Bowl

  • Baking soda

  • Vacuum

All fireplaces emit creosote.
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Creosote, a carbon that builds up in fireplaces, is flammable, and if it builds up enough, it can cause a chimney fire that can destroy your home. Avoid this risk by regularly cleaning your chimney and ensuring it is vented properly. Creosote also emits a strong smell that many associate with a wood-burning fire. The smell may remain even after you've removed dangerous buildup from your chimney. Fortunately, you can remove this smell from your home.


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Remove Smell From Fireplace

Step 1

Place an old sheet around the fireplace so the ash from it does not damage your flooring.

Step 2

Sweep up as much of the ash as possible and discard.


Step 3

Put on gloves and goggles to protect yourself from the cleaning solution. Trisodium phosphate may irritate some individuals.

Step 4

Dilute trisodium phosphate with water according to the manufacturer's instructions. Mix the solution until all of the trisodium phosphate has dissolved.


Step 5

Pour the solution into a spray bottle. Spray until you've soaked the fireplace floor and walls and all of the remaining ash.

Step 6

Scrub the fireplace floor and walls with a medium-bristle brush to loosen the creosote and ash.

Step 7

Wipe up the creosote and cleaning solution with clean cloths.


Step 8

Dampen a clean cloth with clear water and run it over the entire surface to rinse away as much of the cleaning solution as possible.

Remove Smell From Room

Step 1

Fill a bowl full of distilled white vinegar.


Step 2

Put the bowl in the center of the room. The white vinegar will neutralize the smell in the room.

Step 3

Leave the bowl alone for at least 24 hours.

Step 4

Repeat the process if the smell still remains. If the room is large, use two bowls and place them on opposite ends of the room.


Remove Smell From Furniture and Carpets

Step 1

Sprinkle baking soda over the affected piece of furniture or carpet.

Step 2

Let the baking soda sit for at least two hours. The baking soda will absorb the creosote smell from the item.

Step 3

Vacuum up the baking soda. Repeat the process if the smell remains.


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