After a home fire, your entire home will be covered in soot. Even if you can completely remove soot and salvage items in your home, they may still smell like smoke. Your home can also smell like smoke if someone smokes cigarettes inside the home. You can remove these smoke odors with spray and deodorizers that will absorb the smell and neutralize it. Don't use air fresheners as they will simply cover the smell but will not do anything to remove it.
White vinegar is a natural cleaning solution that will actually absorb odors such as cigarette smoke. To use it, fill a spray bottle with white vinegar, and spray the white vinegar over the areas of your home that smell like smoke. Let the vinegar dry on those surfaces. Don't apply it to natural stone as it will etch or pit the surface.
Another product that will help neutralize odors in a room that smells like smoke is ammonia. To use it, fill a bowl with ammonia, and place it in the center of the room. Leave it there for several days until the ammonia evaporates completely, and the smoke smell is gone from the room.
Ozone sprays are sprays that actually neutralize and remove the odors from the room and from surfaces in your home. You can purchase ozone sprays from hardware or home improvement stores. Professional odor removal technicians will use professional ozone sprays.
Removing smoke odors from the air will not remove the damage associated with secondhand cigarette smoke. Cigarettes contain a number of harmful chemicals that can potentially cause cancer, including benzene, formaldehyde and arsenic. Secondhand smoke exposes others to these chemicals. Smoke odors can cause headaches, nausea and other illnesses.
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