How To Get Rid Of Cigarette Smells In A House

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There are few things worse than moving in to a new home, only to notice that the previous owners were smokers. Or maybe it’s you who smokes, but you’re ready to make a change and get that awful smell out of your own home. Regardless of the case, this process will help you to banish foul cigarette odors for once and for all.

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Firstly, you need to air out the house to the best of your ability. Throw open the windows and turn on ceiling fans if you have them. Next, you’re going to want to remove all fabric and linens that you can. Toss bedding, curtains, small rugs, towels, shower curtains, and the like in the washing machine. You’ll want to use a hot water cycle, and you may have to wash the load one more time.

Next, it’s time to tackle the upholstery furniture and fabrics that can’t be thrown in the washing machine. You’ll want to sprinkle a generous amount of baking soda on upholstered furniture, carpets, and even mattresses. Let the baking soda sit for a couple of hours before vacuuming it up.

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Next, it’s time to clean the hard surfaces throughout the home. Since cigarette smoke embeds itself in basically everything, you’ll need to clean countertops, baseboards, floors, and maybe even walls. Use a solution of hot, soapy water, and a stronger cleaner like PineSol is also a good option. Just be sure to leave the windows open while you’re using a stronger cleaner!

Another great tip for ridding lingering cigarette smells is to soak a piece of white bread in vinegar and place it on a plate. Put these plates in each room of your home. The bread will absorb any lasting odors. Leave the piece of bread there for a day before throwing it out.

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Lastly, you should change any and all air filters throughout your home. This will ensure that clean, odorless air is circulating through your home. Although ridding cigarette smoke takes a bit of effort, hopefully these helpful tips will start you off in the right direction.