Smoke odor can last long after you have put the fire or cigarette out. Commercial odor removers may simply mask the odor and many expensive products contain items that cause allergy and asthma conditions to flare up. Instead, you can use inexpensive and natural items that will eliminate the smoke odor as well as other unpleasant scents.
Cheap and effective, white vinegar deodorizes without chemicals. Pour undiluted white vinegar into a spray bottle and mist the air to eliminate smoke odor. Keep in mind that vinegar does have a strong smell. However, this odor will dissipate as the vinegar evaporates. You can dilute the vinegar with equal parts water for a less pungent aroma but it will take longer for the smoke odor to dissipate.
Baking soda will remove even the toughest odors. An inexpensive box of baking soda is available in the baking aisle of grocery stores. Dissolve 1/2 cup of baking soda in a spray bottle filled with water. Swirl the bottle around in a circular motion for several seconds until the baking soda and water are thoroughly mixed. Mist the room with the spray to remove smoke odor.
Mix 2 cups of water with 30 drops of an essential oil and pour it into a spray bottle. A variety of essential oils are available, so choose a scent that you find pleasant and calming. Sage, orange, lavender, tea tree oil and grapefruit are a few common essential oils that will remove smoke odors and freshen your home. You can switch scents by making a small batch with a different essential oil every few weeks.
A common fragrance in commercial cleaners, lemon will fill the air with a citrus scent while removing odors. Mix 2 cups of cool water with 1/2 cup of lemon juice and pour it into a spray bottle. You can purchase lemon juice in a bottle or hand-squeeze fresh lemons yourself. Mist the air with the mixture as often as needed. Alternatively, add 1/2 cup of lemon juice to a spray bottle filled with equal parts water and white vinegar. The vinegar will remove difficult odors while the lemon juice masks the pungent vinegar odor.
Vanilla is a common scent in many commercial air fresheners and with good reason. Found in the baking aisle of grocery, vanilla extract will fill the room with a pleasant scent. Use a spoon to mix 1 cup of water with 1 tbsp. of vanilla extract. Carefully pour the mixture in a clean spray bottle and mist the air to remove smoky odors. Repeat the process as needed.
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