How to Remove the Cigarette Smoke Smell From a Car

The smell of cigarettes is unpleasant to nonsmokers. If you purchase a car from a smoker, you want to remove the odor left behind from cigarettes before you drive your family on an outing. Air fresheners will not do the trick; they just mask the odor. To rid the car of the cigarette smoke smell, you need to efficiently remove the remnants of nicotine from your car.

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Removing nicotine residue in your car will remove the cigarette smoke odors.

Step 1

Mix the vinegar, warm water and baking soda together; it will fizz. Pour the mixture into a plastic spray bottle.

Step 2

Open at least one of the car doors for fresh air.

Step 3

Spray the cleaning solution onto the car's interior windows; wipe clean with paper towels. Clean the vents with a cotton swab that has been dipped in the solution.

Step 4

Clean the remainder of the interior with the solution, excluding any carpet, leather and fabric; wipe clean with a kitchen sponge.

Step 5

Apply upholstery cleaner to all areas that are cloth; allow to dry before vacuuming.

Step 6

Clean all carpeted areas of the car with carpet cleaner.

Step 7

Wipe down leather seats with a small amount of mild detergent mixed with warm water; allow to air dry.

Step 8

Apply a leather conditioner to the dashboard and leather or vinyl seats to make your car smell new.