How to Reduce Cigarette Odors


The smell of stale cigarette smoke can permeate an entire house, even if no one smokes there any longer. It may seem impossible to overcome the smoke smell in a home where smoking still occurs. Reducing the odor helps prevent the smell from permeating everything, from clothing to people. You can reduce the odor if you still smoke and overcome it completely if there's no longer smoking by absorbing the old smells out of the air and furnishings.

Things You'll Need

  • Bowls
  • White vinegar
  • Baking soda
  • Vacuum
  • Clay cat litter
  • Fill a bowl with 1 cup of white vinegar. Fill multiple bowls for large rooms.

  • Put the bowls around each room afflicted with cigarette odors. Set them in out-of-the-way places where the smell is strongest, such as underneath a chair or on a shelf. Replace the vinegar once weekly.

  • Wash all linens in the room at least twice monthly so the smoke smell doesn't permeate too deeply into the fabric. Wash all curtains, blankets, slipcovers and pillows.

  • Deodorize the carpet during your weekly vacuuming to reduce the cigarette smell. Sprinkle baking soda over the entire carpet and leave it to sit and absorb the odor for 30 to 60 minutes before vacuuming it up.

  • Fill ashtrays with a 1-inch layer of clay cat litter. The litter absorbs the odors from the extinguished cigarettes so it doesn't enter the air.

Tips & Warnings

  • It may be necessary to repaint walls with an odor-blocking primer and shampoo rugs and upholstery to completely eliminate cigarette smells.

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