How to Get Rid of a Smoke Smell in a Garage

Keeping garage doors closed can help keep smoke out.
Keeping garage doors closed can help keep smoke out. (Image: Thinkstock Images/Comstock/Getty Images)

Smoke can settle into the carpet, wood or even cardboard boxes that have been sitting in a garage. The smoke smell can come from car exhaust, environmental tobacco smoke or even from cooking things on the grill with the garage door open. However the smoke got into your garage, a little time and effort on your part can remove it. Smoke can cause minor to serious health issues such as headaches, a runny nose or conjunctival irritation.

Things You'll Need

  • Fans
  • Baking soda
  • Lacquer
  • Odor-eliminating paint

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Find the source of the smoke smell and remove it. If the cause is from a barbecue grill, move the grill or keep the garage door closed when barbecuing. If the smell is caught up in cardboard boxes, replace the boxes. Plastic containers would be a good replacement, and they will keep rodents and insects out of belongings.

Ventilate the area by opening the garage door and any windows that may be set into the garage.

Set up fans to blow the smoke out of the garage.

Create a baking soda paste by adding a teaspoon of water to an ounce of baking soda. Apply the paste to exposed wood. The paste will draw the smoke smell from the wood or any other porous material. A garage with a lot of wood will require a lot of paste, and this may not be a reasonable course of action. If this is the case, consider painting the wood areas with an odor-eliminating paint product.

Lacquer wooden work benches and tables to trap the smell in and prevent smoke from adhering to the wood.

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