Many people who smoke do so in their homes, and the smell without proper ventilation will often accumulate in ethereal blue waves all over your house. If you smoke in your home the scents from the cigarettes can linger in your furniture, carpets, and clothing if you allow the smoke to remain stagnant and float in the air. Here are some simple tips to eradicate cigarette smoke from your home if you smoke indoors.
Smoke in a well-ventilated room. Turn on a fan and open a window slightly in your home before you light up. You will see the smoke actually leaving your home, quickly following the air circulation from your fan going out the window. When you have good ventilation, you won’t have the smoke settling in your clothing and furniture.
Place a smoke and odor absorbing substance in your ashtrays. Baking soda is an excellent odor neutralizer and will extinguish a lit cigarette butt quickly, keeping the embers from glowing and decreasing risk of fire on top of soaking up that smoke smell that lingers in your ashtrays. Place a few drops of lavender or vanilla in your baking soda to allow the ashtray to have a pleasant scent. Dump your ashtrays outdoors and wash them often to prevent that stale smoke and ash smell.
Boil vinegar on the stove after a heavy smoke-fest, when you and your buddies light up and reminisce about the good ol’ days. The excess smoke will be eradicated if you boil equal parts water and vinegar on the stove, and the vinegar smell won’t linger. Or you can boil orange peels, lemon peels, or grapefruit peels, as the acids in these citrus fruits eliminate the smoke smell and hydrate the air as well with the boiling moisture. Leaves behind a yummy-smelling scent after Uncle Joe who smokes a pack in your home finally leaves as well.
You can also leave a glass of straight vinegar on your coffee table or orange peels on a plate in your home when you are not home, and you will be surprised at how nice your home smells when you return, as vinegar and orange peels will absorb and eradicate the smoke odors throughout the day.
To draw cigarette smell out of your clothing, use a dryer sheet to absorb the smell in your dresser drawers, or leave an open box of baking soda in your closet to soak up odors (once again you can put a few drops of your favorite essential oils in there as well for a pleasant scent), and this trick works great for soaking up cat box odors as well. Just make sure the open box of baking soda is somewhere where it can’t be knocked over.
Have a deodorizing spray in your house. If you spray it directly onto your ceiling fan or window fan before turning it on, the deodorizer will permeate the room without being too strong when you turn the units on. I spray deodorizer in my window fan just before turning it on to eradicate wet dog odors from my house after our daily run. Since sprays make me sneeze, this tactic is excellent for eliminating odors in my home without irritating my senses since it is an effective but not overloading spray.
Just some quick ways to get rid of cigarette smoke, and they can be used to eradicate many odors in your home as well. Vinegar boiled on the stove works great for getting rid of cooking odors (like grease) from the home wonderfully. Enjoy your fresh-smelling home!