How to Remove the Cigarette Smell from Furniture

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Cigarette smoke sticks to furniture.
Cigarette smoke sticks to furniture. (Image: cigarette image by rafalwit from <a href='http://www.fotolia.com'>Fotolia.com</a>)

Cigarettes emit a smoke that contains nicotine and tar. These ingredients stick to the surfaces of your home, including your furniture, in the areas where cigarettes have been smoked. The smoke has a strong odor that is often not as noticeable to other smokers, but quite obvious to non-smokers. If you purchased furniture at a yard sale that smells of smoke, or you have a smoker in your home, you will need to take action to remove the smoke smell from the furniture.

Things You'll Need

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup vinegar
  • 1 tsp. lemon juice
  • Bowl
  • Rag
  • Baking soda
  • Vacuum

Combine 1 cup of water, 1 cup of vinegar and 1 tsp. of lemon juice in a small bowl. Vinegar is a very strong odor eliminator. The lemon helps add a fresh scent to the furniture until the vinegar smell dissipates.

Dip your rag in the above mixture and use it to wipe down all of your non-fabric furniture. You can wipe down your end tables, coffee table, dining room table and dining room chairs with this solution. It will get rid of the smoke smell.

Sprinkle straight baking soda on all of your fabric-covered furniture. This includes your sofa, love seat, recliner or rocking chair. Baking soda is another strong odor eliminator. The powder won't discolor your fabric in any way. Let the baking soda sit on your furniture overnight.

Vacuum up the baking soda using the attachments that come with your vacuum.

Spray your furniture with an odor eliminator (not an air freshener) for extra support. This step is optional, but so easy to do. It may help with any smoke odors that are surrounding the furniture, but not in the furniture.

Tips & Warnings

  • It's a good idea to set up an air purifier in the room where your furniture has been subjected to smoke.
  • Opening the windows and allowing your furniture to get some clean fresh air is also a good idea.

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