How to Get Rid of a Smokey Smell With Essential Oils


Essential oils are made from the leaves, stems, roots or flowers of a plant. Although the term for this liquid is oil, they are not really oily at all. One important thing to remember about essential oils is that they are highly concentrated so you don't have to use more than a few drops to get the full fragrance of the plant or flower. The most popular essential oils include sage, eucalyptus, patchouli, orange, lavender, lemon, mint and tea tree. The oils are an eco-friendly way to remove smoke odor from clothes, carpet and the air.

Things You'll Need

  • Essential oil (citrus variety)
  • Laundry detergent
  • Washer
  • Dryer
  • Old towel
  • Baking soda
  • Jar with lid
  • Vacuum
  • Water
  • Decorative bowl, pitcher or vase
  • Large spoon


  • Place the smoky clothes in the washer and start the wash cycle. Once the laundry tub has filled up with water, add two drops of citrus essential oil to a cap full of laundry detergent. Pour into the wash water.

  • Dry the clothes on low to medium heat. Drying on high heat will scorch the oil.

  • Apply a few drops of citrus oil to an old towel (one you don't mind getting stained) to eliminate smells in the dryer if you are unable to wash your clothes. Place the towel with the oil in the dryer with the smoky clothes. Dry on low to medium heat.


  • Fill a jar with 2 cups of baking soda. Add two to three drops of citrus essential oil. Replace the cap, and shake well to mix.

  • Sprinkle the mixture on the smoky carpet, and let sit for several hours.

  • Vacuum well to remove all of the baking soda.


Tips & Warnings

  • For best results, use organic essential oils.

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