Smoking is one of the most common vices in the world and we can safely assume that around half of the adult population in the world does it. We don’t judge, although it can’t be good for your health, but we can help with one of the most unpleasant side effects of cigarettes. We are talking about tobacco smell, of course, one of the strongest and least bearable, especially for nonsmokers. Furthermore, it’s unhealthy for children and even for your pets, and it will bother anyone who comes to visit, whether we’re talking about family, friends, neighbors, or other people.
However, by reading this article further, you will find out some of the most effective tips & tricks on how to get rid of the tobacco smell in your home. Without further ado, here’s what you have to do, in chronological order:
1. Empty & clean all ashtrays. Although it might seem logical, we decided to include this step first & foremost. Except for the smoke itself, full ashtrays are the number one source of the tobacco smell in your home. If you don’t empty and clean them first, all the following steps are in vain since the bad odor will remain;
2. Open the windows & turn on the fans. Secondly, you should open all the windows in your home and turn the fans on, allowing the stale and smoky air to flow out and be replaced by fresh air. Of course, you have to choose a day with the right temperatures for this action. Also, needless to say, the fans should point towards windows & doors;
3. Wash all fabrics & hard surfaces. The next step involves washing all fabric items in your home, as this is the only effective way of getting rid of the tobacco smell. Also, you should wash all hard surfaces, such as floors, kitchen counters, and even walls, with vinegar (or rather, a solution made of two-thirds distilled white vinegar and one-third water);
4. Use baking soda & ammonia for the most stubborn smells. If the odor of tobacco persists even after these operations, sprinkle baking soda on all surfaces that still smell, especially on carpets. Let it sit for a day, before vacuuming it. An even better option is ammonia, or rather a solution made of one cup of ammonia and four liters of warm water;
5. Replace the furnace filter and clean the air ducts. The next step of eliminating the smell of tobacco consists of replacing the furnace filter and cleaning the air ducts. This will prevent further distribution of the bad odor while bringing new, fresh air in your home;
6. Cover the smell with different substances. Some of the most effective as well as pleasant solutions for covering up the smell of tobacco are coffee grounds, activated charcoal, vanilla extract, fresh produce such as apples, pears, and citrus, as well as essential oils, incense, or scented candles. Last but not least, you should also get some air-purifying plants such as lilies, chrysanthemum, English Ivy, or daisies.