Cigarette smells in the house are almost harder to get rid of than smoking-addictions themselves! They can be extremely stubborn, but they're no match for us here at Expert Home Tips.
Whether you've moved into a property once owned by a smoker, managed to kick the habit yourself, or just having Mum pop over to visit, it's time to tackle those smoking smells once and for all. Learn how to get rid of cigarette odour the easy way today, with our top 14 methods.
Editor's Note: This post was originally posted in February 2018 and has been completely revamped and updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness in December 2018.
How to hide smoke smells
Perhaps your Gran is coming over to visit, or you're hosting a posh dinner at home - you'll probably want to freshen things up a bit.
If you need to hide the smell of smoke in your house quickly and efficiently, there are several nifty techniques you can try.
1. Use a towel
This clever tip is really easy and works a treat with fresh tobacco smells.
Dampen a clean dishcloth in a bowl of vinegar, wring it out thoroughly, then wave it around in the area where the smoking smells are worst.
The cloth will absorb and counteract some of the smells, leaving the room smelling neutral and clean.
2. Remove all signs of smoking
Even when a cigarette is no longer lit, it will still make the environment smell stale and smoky.
The quickest way to get rid of smoking smells? Remove ashtrays and cigarette butts from the room. Dispose of them in the outdoor bin to immediately make your room smell fresher.
3. Open windows & doors
The key to getting rid of tobacco smells? Fresh air, and lots of it.
The day your guests arrive, open all the windows and doors to give cigarette smoke a chance to escape and fully aerate your room. It should help freshen up soft furnishings too.
4. Air freshener
Air fresheners aren't able to remove smoking smells, but they will help mask them whilst your guests are over.
Even better, get an air freshener that periodically sprays a perfumed scent into your room to keep it smelling fresh all day long.
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5. Bread hack
Another quick and easy way to eliminate fresh tobacco smells that are still hanging in the air is using bread.
Saturate a piece of bread with white vinegar and place in a bowl in the smelly room. It will absorb and neutralise the odours to leave your home smelling clean.
6. Burn incense & light candles
We love any excuse to get the incense and candles burning here at Expert Home Tips.
Not only will they make your room look lovely, but scented candles and incense will help mask the smell of tobacco too.
How to get rid of smoke smells
If you've moved into a property that still has lingering smoky smells or managed to kick your habit for good, you'll need tougher methods.
Smoking smells build up over time, and can be stubborn to remove. Here's what we recommend trying to get rid of them once and for all.
7. Deep clean hard-surfaces
This doesn't mean a quick wipe down with soapy water.
If you really want to tackle smoke smells, you'll need to put in some elbow grease and use pretty powerful products.
We recommend an ammonia-based cleaner or white vinegar. Both of these will really help to lift engrained smells and give your surfaces the deep clean they need.
8. Freshen up soft-furnishings
One of our favourite tips of all time is using bicarbonate of soda to freshen soft furnishings.
It's so easy, and the results really are amazing.
TRY IT: sprinkle bicarbonate of soda onto rugs, sofas etc. Leave for 30 minutes, then vacuum off.
Ahhh - freshness at last!
9. Deep-clean linen
Linen is the worst for absorbing those nasty smoking smells.
If you're serious about getting your house smelling great, you'll want to wash all your household linen. This includes bed linen as well as pillow covers, curtains and throws.
Wash what you can at home on the highest temperature materials will allow with a strong, quality detergent. Take the rest to the launderettes to get it smelling brand new again.
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10. Filter the air
Prepared to spend a bit of money?
Air purifiers can be extremely effective at removing old tobacco smells. Best of all, once they've done their job, you'll be able to use them to improve the quality of your air forevermore.
11. Wash the walls
It's amazing how deep smoking smells can get - even your walls will absorb them. To really banish cigarette odour for good, even your walls will need to be washed.
The recommend wall-cleaner is something called TSP (trisodium phosphate). Mix 1 cup TSP with 20 cups water and spray onto walls before wiping with a cloth.
REMEMBER: always use rubber gloves when using harsh chemicals.
If you've moved into a new home or managed to kick your habit, why don't you treat yourself to a fresh lick of paint?
Not only will it make your home look fresh, but smell so too!
12. Steam clean the carpet
Have you been meaning to use that steam cleaner you bought on a whim for ages?
Now's your chance! Steam cleaning your carpet is a sure-fire way to removing tobacco odours and make your home smell much nicer.
13. Air out the furniture
It's amazing what a bit of fresh air can do.
If you've moved into a furnished property previously occupied by a smoker, furniture too will need to be treated to remove smoking smells.
One of the easiest and most effective solutions is simply getting your furniture outside and giving it a chance to 'breathe'.
Just make sure you do it on a dry day!
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14. Replace light bulbs
Believe it or not, smoke can even take its toll on light bulbs and other fixtures.
Not only should these be cleaned thoroughly, but preferably, replaced. Several reports suggest that heat attracts smoke residue, which then collects as a coating on the bulb.
Do you have any clever ways of elminating smoking smells? We'd love to hear about them in the comments below.