How to Get Rid of the Smell of Cigarette Smoke in a HouseCredit: Mustafa http://www.flickr.com/photos/mustafanafees/1391285522/sizes/m/in/photostream/Do you smoke? Does your home smell like cigarette smoke and you want to deodorize it? Or did you just buy a home that was previously owned by smokers and need to get rid of the smokey smell? Use these tips to help remove cigarette smoke from your home.

Difficulty:

Moderate

Things you'll need:

  • vinegar
  • baking soda
  • citrus fruits
  • air purifier

Instructions

Open the windows. This will help air out your home. Out with the bad, in with the good. The fresh air will help cut down on the amount of cigarette smoke odor in the air.

Clean with vinegar. Wipe down the walls with diluted vinegar. This will not only help deodorize your home, but it will also remove some of the tobacco stains that can accumulate on walls that are exposed to cigarette smoke for long periods of time.

Sprinkle carpets and furniture with baking soda. This natural deodorizer works for more than just your refrigerator. If you sprinkle it around your carpets and upholstered furniture and let it sit for at least 15 minutes, it will absorb cigarette smoke odor. After those 15 or more minutes, simply vacuum it up.

Use air purifiers. A good quality air purifier will remove the cigarette smoke odors from the air in your home.  Look for HEPA filters that are designed to remove allergens and strong smells from your house.

Professionally clean carpets and furniture. This will remove cigarette smoke odor from your carpets and leave them smelling fresh.  Rugs, carpets, and other textiles are the top offenders for holding onto smells.

Use potpourri. Some sweet smelling potpourri can mask odors. However, lemon and other citrus fruits are other natural deodorizers. Letting them simmer in a pan of water on the stove can help make the air in your home smell fresh and free of cigarette smoke. Good luck!

Tips:

*It's not easy to remove cigarette smoke smell from your home, so you will want to be as thorough with your efforts as possible.  When you clean with vinegar, for example, be sure to clean EVERY room.

*Take a multi-pronged approach.  Complete all these steps for the best results.

*When all else fails, you might need to replace the textiles around your home, since they hold the most cigarette smoke odors.  This includes carpets, rugs, curtains, and table cloths.  If you are staging a home for resale, this can make the difference between a sale and leaving your home on the market.