Cigarette Smell Removal

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Whether you have just moved into a house that was vacated by a cigarette smoker, or you have recently quit yourself, one of your first priorities is going to be getting the smell of cigarette smoke out of your home. Cigarette smoke is known to be pervasive and stubborn to remove, so consider a multi-pronged attack when you want to get rid of it completely.

Prevention

  • If you want to get rid of the smell of cigarettes, remember that this will be impossible if you are still smoking. If there is still a smoker in the house, you are going to be fighting a losing battle; the smell will lessen, but it will never go away. Ask your friends and family not to smoke in your house.

Vinegar Absorption

  • Vinegar is a natural odor eater and can be used to lessen the smell of cigarettes or even make it disappear completely. Leave dishes full of white vinegar in the rooms where the smells are strongest. Keep the doors to the room shut, and then after a few days, throw out the vinegar. In many cases, this can help you absorb the smell entirely.

Vinegar Scrub

  • When the vinegar seems sunk into the walls or the wooden furniture, create a solution of vinegar and hot water. Soak a sponge in the liquid and give everything affected a brisk scrub. Then you can simply let it air-dry. Vinegar can also get stubborn stains out of walls, and you might notice that your walls look a little whiter as well after you have tried this method.

Ground Coffee Absorption

  • Pour some ground coffee into a thin sock and leave it underneath beds or in dressers where the smell might be strongest. Ground coffee is another odor absorber and it can be a pleasant way to scent the air as well. You can remove it after a week or you can leave it there indefinitely to scent your room or your clothes.

Baking Soda Absorption

  • If you have rugs or upholstered furniture that you want to de-scent, sprinkle them with baking soda. Let the baking soda absorb the odor for a few hours and then vacuum it up. This is a great home remedy, but fabric tends to be more stubborn than hard items and might require professionals.

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