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How to Get Rid of the Cigarette Smell in Your Home Once and For All

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If you’re a non-smoker, one of the worst smells in a home is cigarette smoke. And it doesn’t just smell bad, second-hand smoke can also wreak havoc on your health.

So it makes sense that if you live in a home that smells like cigarettes, you want to get rid of it. We’ll show you how to do just that.

Step 1 – Remove the smoker from the house

If you live with a smoker, for your health and everyone else’s, it’s important that you lay ground rules about where they can smoke. Or, more to the point, where they CANNOT smoke.

Don’t let anyone smoke in your home. Not with the windows open. Not in a designated area.

Modern heating and cooling systems circulate the air throughout your entire home. So designating smoking to one area of the home is like designating peeing to only one area of a pool—it just doesn’t work.

You’re not trying to be cruel. There’s just no other way around it.

Step 2 – Don’t reach for air fresheners

Many people immediately reach for air fresheners when fighting odors like cigarette smoke in their home. But this might be making the situation in your home worse.

You see, rather than actually eliminate the cigarette smoke, air fresheners and candles simply mask the smell with even more chemicals (some of which can cause some pretty serious health effects, according to the NRDC).

In other words, you’re fighting indoor air pollution with more indoor air pollution.

Step 3 – Air it out

Fresh air is one of your best defenses against home odors like a cigarette smell. When weather allows, open your windows to air out your home.

(Of course, don’t do this if a family member is smoking right outside.)

Also, you can bring some of your upholstered furniture outside to air out for a few days.

Step 4 – Try easy home remedies

In addition to opening up your windows, there are a few easy home remedies you can try. Here are a few that work the best.

Use baking soda
Baking soda is known for its ability to absorb odors. Here are 3 ways to use this natural deodorizer to get rid of the cigarette smoke from your home once and for all:

  • Leave cups around the home – Place baking soda in small, shallow bowls and place them throughout your home.
  • Sprinkle on furniture and carpet – A great way to remove odors from carpet and upholstery is to sprinkle baking soda on them. Leave the baking soda for a few hours before vacuuming it up.
  • Clean your clothes – Do your clothes or blankets smell like smoke? Place them in a sealed plastic bag with a few tablespoons of baking soda. Shake the bag and leave overnight. When you remove the clothes, shake the remaining baking soda off and run through a regular wash in your washing machine.

Clean with vinegar
White vinegar neutralizes many odor-causing bacteria. Use it to clean hard surfaces in your home. You can also use it in your washing machine with baking soda to soak clothes, curtains  and other fabric.

Get air purifying house plants
Did you know that there are house plants that remove many of the chemicals in cigarette smoke from your air and replace them with oxygen? At least, according to a study by NASA. See the top 15 air purifying plants.

Replace your air filter
The air filter in your heating and air conditioning system could be harboring cigarette smoke smell. Replace it.

Change your light bulbs
Cigarette smoke sticks to light bulbs. So every time you turn the light turn on, the bulb heats up the chemicals stuck to it, making the room smell again. Clean off your bulbs. Or use this as an opportunity to upgrade to more energy efficient LEDs and CFLs.

Step 5 – Consider a whole-house air cleaner

Depending on the home, this may not be enough to rid it of cigarette smell completely. In these situations, a whole-house air cleaner can help.

An air cleaner is basically a big, more effective air filter. The basic filter in your home heating and cooling system is designed to keep your equipment safe. An air cleaner, on the other hand, is designed to keep you safe.

Air cleaners absorb cigarette smoke odors and chemicals, removing them from your home’s air. (Of course, these are still most effective when combined with a whole-home cleaning strategy.)

Thinking about an air cleaner? Call us at (908) 284-2422 or contact Air Professionals online for more info.