How to Use Baking Powder to Remove Smoke Smell

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The lingering smell of smoke can cause your eyes to water and burn, your throat to itch annoyingly and your clothing or hair to take on the unpleasant odor. Frying or burning food, cigarettes or other tobacco products and fire damage can all cause smoke smells. The odor can cling to carpets, furnishings, vehicle interiors, clothing and other items for months, or even years, if left untreated. Fortunately, baking powder is an affordable, safe product that can help eradicate smoky odors.

Things You'll Need

  • Baking powder
  • Nylon scrub brush
  • Vacuum cleaner
  • Vacuum the area to remove dust, hair and other debris. Ensure that the carpet, upholstery or other item is dry. Sprinkle plain, dry baking powder over the entire area that has a smoke smell. Shake the baking powder onto furniture, carpets or other fabrics. The baking powder should be noticeable. However, you do not need to pour on a thick layer of it. Simply sprinkle a thin coating across all surfaces.

  • Scrub the baking powder into the fabric with a soft, nylon-bristled brush, gently working in a circular motion across the area. The intention is to work the baking powder into the fibers of the fabric, so that it can absorb the smells.

  • Leave the baking powder on the area for several hours. If possible, sprinkle some baking powder around the room, just before you go to bed at night or leave your home for the day, and let it absorb the odors for a full eight hours or longer.

  • Vacuum the baking powder from carpet, rugs or furnishings. Repeat as necessary. If you applied baking powder to such fabrics as linens or clothing, take the items outdoors and vigorously shake off as much baking powder as possible. Launder any washable items immediately.

  • Repeat the procedure as required. A more-intense smoke smell may call for several baking-powder applications. Follow up by laundering, steam cleaning or shampooing, if possible, in order to eradicate the smell of smoke completely.

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