Posted on: January 6, 2009 Posted by: Nicole Harding Comments: 7

If you’re a smoker or you live with someone who’s a smoker, there’s a big chance that your house smells like cigarette smoke. You may not notice it yourself because you’re too desensitized to the smell of cigarettes but your guests will surely pick up the odor of smoke in your house. This is not healthy, especially if you have children living inside your house. If you want to make your house smell more fragrant and be presentable to guests, here are some ways to get rid of that nasty cigarette smell. (For more information on cigarette smoke smell removal, learn how to get rid of cigarette smoke smell)

Use a deodorizer:

The most common solution to bad odors in the home is to use a room deodorizer. Deodorizers, like Fabreeze, are used by a lot of people for their supposed benefits. Some people though claim that deodorizers only temporarily mask the real odor of your house. Bad odor soon returns once the deodorizer evaporates.

Another argument against deodorizers is that some people find it difficult to breathe when they inhale the spray. Still, other people maintain that deodorizers just don’t work against nasty odors. They say that these products only turn the odor into a blend of smoke and the fragrance of outdoors, which can be disgusting. Use a deodorizer if the cigarette smell inside your house is weak. Otherwise, try something else because it may not work.

Hire steam cleaners:

Cigarette smoke can condense into a goo-like substance that gets stuck in fabrics around your house. This goo-like substance is made of oil and tar ash deposits and is stubborn. It’s hard to scrape off this goo when it’s stuck on glasses and walls. Getting rid of this goo even becomes more impossible when it’s stuck in all the fibers of pieces of furniture in your house.

In this case, the easiest and most practical way to get rid of these deposits is to hire professional house cleaners. They should have a steam cleaner that can be mounted to a van to clean these tough deposits. Tell them exactly which pieces of furniture you want cleaned, so they can use the right techniques and tools.

Try baking soda:

Baking soda is a very effective cleaning agent. Cover pieces of furniture with baking soda by patting and rubbing it into the fabric. Leave it there overnight, then vacuum the furniture in the morning. You’ll notice that the smell is greatly reduced or not there anymore.

Throw them away: There are cases where goo has thoroughly penetrated the fabric of all the pieces of furniture, so that no amount of steam cleaning or baking soda can remove the bad odor. In this case, the only sensible thing to do is to get rid of the furniture (Tips on how to get rid of furniture). You may, of course, reupholster your furniture but that is not an easy task. If you want to get rid of the smell immediately, throw away the furniture or sell it to another smoker.

Use a carpet shampooer:

Goo from cigarette smoke also gets stuck in the fibers of your carpets. Rent or purchase a carpet shampooer and use it to clean your carpets. A carpet shampooer is a device that cleans carpets using cleaning agents applied by rotary brushes. You may also sprinkle baking soda on your carpets every night before you start shampooing to get rid of the odor easier.

Leave it to professionals: Cigarette odor is hard to get rid of especially if you’ve smoked inside your house for a very long time. To make sure that your house gets its previous fragrance back, hire professional cleaners to do the job for you. Explain your goals to them, so they can employ the right cleaning tools for the job. You’ll have to pay them a fee which is pretty small compared to the discomfort the bad odor inside your house brings to you and your guests.

Create your own deodorizer:

If you’re doubtful about the effectiveness of commercial deodorizers, try making your own cleaning formula to use on your carpets. First, fill a large container with baking soda. Next, add a few drops of essential oils and mix the solution well. Experts recommend using lavender in making your formula, but it’s up to you to decide which fragrance you like best. Sprinkle your homemade formula over all your carpets, then leave it there for about four hours. Vacuum your carpets once the formula has dried and repeat then process as often as necessary.

Wipe your walls with vinegar: Like baking soda, vinegar is an amazing cleaning agent. To clean the walls of your house, first, mix one cup of vinegar for every two cups of water. Add a tablespoon of baking soda to the mixture, making it fizz because of the chemical reaction. Soak a brush or a sponge into the mixture and wipe your ceilings and walls with it. The great thing about this homemade cleaning agent is that it cleans your walls without damaging the paint. For best results, use a commercial washer containing vinegar to wash your windows. You can usually purchase this product from organic grocery stores.

Repaint your house:

Cigarette smell is not only the problem in your house if you’ve been smoking in it for a very long time. Brown and yellow goo would be stuck on your walls, windows and pieces of furniture, making your house very unattractive. One way to restore the former fragrance and beauty of your house is to just repaint it. Paint should thoroughly cover the goo from cigarette smoke for the bad odor to go away.

Stop smoking: It’s a no-brainer but it is the most effective way to ensure that your house will never smell like cigarette smoke ever again. Stop smoking inside your house to prevent cigarette smoke from condensing on your walls and furniture. Of course, it’s best to stop smoking inside and outside your house to also improve your health. Learn how to quit smoking.

Don’t hesitate to call professionals if you think all your efforts are not having any effect on the bad odor of your house. You may need to have your house cleaned several times before the cigarette smell completely goes away.

Click here for more information on how to get rid of cigarette smell in a house.

7 People reacted on this

  1. Hi! I have been smoking for 41 of my 51 years on this earth and actually quit 3 weeks ago so came to this site for advice on de-smoking my bedroom, which is actually the only room i smoked in. Thanks for all the great ideas, i am going to try some of them so hopefully i won’t have to buy another mattress and carpeting!!! I personally have decided to try spraying febreze on the mattress and carpet and after the mattress dries, put a plastic zip-up cover on it and pray that it’s enough to save it. The curtains can be replaced easily and affordably but the walls may take some time and lots of work….will wash them with vinegar and baking soda and wind up painting them, i’m sure!!! I might stop back by and let you know how it turns out…susie

  2. Someone gave me a mattress and box spring – the person who gave it to us is a VERY heavy smoker- I run a non-smokeing household. The bed has been airing out a week- I keep the windows open – My question is how do I get rid of this horriable smell ? My house now smells like a ash tray! How can i get the smell out of the mattress?

  3. Thank you for this. We moved into a new apartment about a week ago and after the first day noticed a stale cigarette smoke smell. We assume the previous tenant was a smoker, but that the new paint/carpet smells initially masked the odor. We are now working with our complex to see how we can get rid of the smell, but I will try the vindegar/water/baking soda solution on the walls and the baking soda/essential oils solution on the carpet. Hopefully the combined efforts will work!

  4. Thanks for the helpful tips – trying to sell my mom’s home and she was a long time smoker. It is so gross – it stays on wood, glass, carpets, it is really gross. I appreciate the suggestions as I have had place painted and carpets cleaned but some people and still smell smoke – I have heard putting vanilla on your light bulbs can help and also strips of fragrance next to you heating vents can also help as well.

  5. I bought the best furnace filter by Accumulair and I’m very impressed that most of the smell was airborne odors, and the cigarette odor is gone. I bought the Odor-X carbon filter… It is made to eliminate odors. GOOD LUCK!

  6. I purchased the best furnace filter by Accumulair and I’m very impressed that most of the smell were airborne odors and the cigarette smell is gone. I found a good deal at … They have two options, I bought the Odor-X carbon filter… It is made to eliminate odors. Wish you the best of luck!

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