How to Remove Smoke Odors From a Sofa


Smoke can linger on all of your furniture, resulting in a sofa that no longer smells clean and fresh. Even worse, your clothes will begin to smell like smoke when you sit on the sofa. Remove smoke odors from a sofa in a few simple steps.

Things You'll Need

  • Baking soda
  • Vacuum with attachments
  • Empty spray bottle
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 lemon
  • 1/2 cup white distilled vinegar
  • Cover your sofa with a fine layer of baking soda. Let it sit on your sofa overnight. This gives the baking soda time to soak up all of the unpleasant smoke odors. Vacuum up the baking soda with your vacuum attachment when you wake up in the morning.

  • Boil 1/2 cup of water with one lemon cut in to quarters in it. Remove the lemon and pour the water in to an empty spray bottle along with 1/2 cup of white distilled vinegar. Shake to combine. The vinegar will remove any tough lingering smoke odors that stay remain on the couch, while the lemons add a fresh scent to the sofa fibers.

  • Spray the liquid all over your sofa. Lift up the cushions and spray the underside as well. Don't forget any throw pillows that might be sitting on the sofa.

  • Move the couch outside in the sun or in front of a sunny window if possible. The sun will not only dry the liquid spray but also has oxidizing powers that will get rid of strong odors like smoke.

Tips & Warnings

  • If your sofa has slip covers, remove them and wash with your regular laundry detergent. Add 1 cup of vinegar to the rinse cycle to get rid of the smoke odor. Hang outside in the sunlight to dry.
  • Simply spraying your sofa with an air freshener will not remove the smoke odor. Air fresheners mask odors -- they do not remove them.

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