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Fires in a home will not only leave black soot, but also a strong smell of smoke. This smell will eventually dissipate from hard surfaces. But soft surfaces, such as carpets and rugs, may hold the smoke smell longer. Accelerate the odor-removal process to completely remove the smell from the home. Use natural methods that remove the smoke smell rather than cover it up.
Fill a spray bottle with white vinegar. White vinegar is a natural odor neutralizer.
Spray the white vinegar over the hard surfaces in your home. Do not spray it on natural stone surfaces, because white vinegar will damage them. Only gently mist wood surfaces.
Let the white vinegar dry completely.
Sprinkle the soft surfaces in the house with baking soda so that they are completely covered. Baking soda is a natural odor absorber.
Let the baking soda sit for at least several hours.
Sweep up the baking soda and throw it away.
Place a bowl of vinegar in each room. Leave it there until the white vinegar evaporates or until the smoke smell is gone.
Kaye Wagner has been working in the fields of journalism and public relations since 2006 and is a recipient of a National Hearst Award. She is particularly interested in home-and-garden projects, as well as beauty and fashion writing. An avid traveler, she also writes travel reviews and guides. Wagner earned a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Brigham Young University.