How to Make a Smoke-Smell Eliminator

Smoke odor, no matter what the source, clings to just about any surface, embedding itself in fabrics and furniture. The odor lasts a lot longer than the smoke itself in many cases, but simple homemade solutions comprising vinegar or baking soda eliminate the problem without harsh chemicals.

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Eliminate smoke smells with natural odor-eating substances from your pantry.

Homemade Odor Eliminators

If an entire room smells like smoke, open the windows to air it. Aim a window or box fan toward an open window to draw out air, with another drawing fresh air in from a window at the opposite end of the room. Fresh air also helps remove odors from fabrics and upholstery -- place the item outside in a protected area such as a screened-in porch, if possible, to help the odor go away on its own. Wipe down hard surfaces with a mixture of equal parts water and vinegar to eliminate smoke smells, or spritz fabrics and upholstery with a light mix of the vinegar solution, allowing the smoky piece to air dry. Sprinkle upholstered furniture with baking soda; then vacuum the powder away after 30 minutes or so to remove odors. Set bowls of vinegar or baking soda around a room if a smoke odor lingers even after you air out the space. Coffee grounds or coffee beans set in a bowl remove stale smoke odors, such as inside a desk drawer or in a car.

Kathy Adams

Kathy Adams

Kathy Adams is an award-winning journalist and freelance writer who traveled the world handling numerous duties for music artists. She writes travel and budgeting tips and destination guides for USA Today, Travelocity and ForRent, among others. She enjoys exploring foreign locales and hiking off the beaten path stateside, snapping pics of wildlife and nature instead of selfies.