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1. Let It Breathe
The first step of deodorizing a rental property is to clear out any surface odor – ventilation. Open all windows and leave them open for as long as possible; during the entire cleaning process as well as afterwards. Turn on available ceiling fans and place portable fans next to windows facing outward to blow out any remaining smoke in the space.
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Let the House Air Out
The first step in eliminating smoky smells is to provide as much ventilation as possible. Open windows and doors so air can move freely throughout the home. Place box fans in windows and allow them to run for several hours to increase circulation. Letting exhaust fans in the kitchen and bathrooms run is a good idea, as well.
Just doing this alone should make being inside the house a bit more bearable. If the smell is too much to handle, it may be worth calling in a professional service to tackle the job. If the odor doesn’t overpower you, keep the windows open and move on to cleaning the rest of the home.
Removing cigarette smell from your hair
If you’ve ever left a smoky environment only to revisit the stale smell of cigarettes once your head hits the pillow, you know how much smoke hair can absorb.
- Rinse and repeat. Shampooing and conditioning your hair is the best way to remove cigarette smell. That goes for beards and mustaches, too.
- Spray on some dry shampoo. If you can’t wash your hair, dry shampooing can help reduce cigarette odor.
- Grab a dryer sheet. You can also try rubbing a dryer sheet all over your hair. Make sure to rub your entire head of hair, including the underneath layers.
5. Wash Windows and Window Coverings
Moving on, window coverings are also great absorbers of cigarette smoke. You will definitely need to remove all window coverings in order to clean them, whether they’re blinds, shades, curtains, or drapes.
Soak non-wooden blinds in a bathtub full of all-purpose cleaner mixed with water and a cup of vinegar. Let blinds soak for 10-15 minutes, then scrub thoroughly and hang to dry. For curtains and drapes, you can take them to a dry cleaner or replace them. If your drapes are washable, wash them in the hottest setting allowed. Clean windows thoroughly by spraying vinegar onto the window surface and wipe it with a microfiber cloth. Repeat 2-3 times, then wipe with a clean cloth.
Change the HVAC Filter—A Lot
Smoke can get into the ductwork, so it’s important to try to remove the particles there. While hiring a professional cleaning service is best, DIYers can handle the job by replacing the existing filter and running the air conditioner or furnace fan. Change the first filter within a day or two, and then once again by the end of the week.
This should eliminate much of the smoke smell from the ductwork, but if the odor lingers, repeat the process. Not hot enough to run the air conditioner or cold enough for the furnace? Set the air conditioner to the fan position just so the air circulates.
With a thorough cleaning, DIYers should be able to remove the majority of smoke particles. While it’s a lot of hard work, clearing your home of any smokiness can be one of the first steps toward putting a painful memory behind you.
Frequently Asked QuestionsDoes smoke smell ever go away?
Smoke particles are microscopic, and will generally penetrate all the surfaces of a home. Tobacco smoke is often deeply embedded in a home thanks to the HVAC system, circulating the smoky air throughout the home. While it’s certainly frustrating, we found that with a variety of methods plus the use of volcanic rock, the smoke smell in both of our homes was eliminated for good!
What essential oil removes smoke smell? While I love the fragrances of essential oils, they won’t absorb or eliminate smoke smell. However, these oils may be effective in helping to mask the smoke smell over time. Try lavender or Eucalyptus for a fresh, subtle scent that might help to overpower the stale smoke smell.