Asked on Dec 21, 2019

How can I clean a house of cigarette smells?

Marion NesbittPeggy L BurnetteTinyshoes


I have just bought a house that had smokers living there. How do I get rid of the lingering smell

11 answers
  • Lauren of Mom Home Guide
    Lauren of Mom Home Guide
    on Dec 21, 2019

    If it gets warm enough, I’d open the windows for a while. I’d also replace any of the previous owner’s curtains or carpeting if you can.

  • Gk
    on Dec 21, 2019

    Clean, clean, clean everything! Vinegar does help so use it when you can. The vinegar smell will dissipate. Wash walls and then repaint--don't forget the closets! Clean the carpeting with an odor removing carpet cleaner or remove it and install new flooring. Carpet will really hold the smoke odor. Any furniture from previous odors will hold the smoke odor as well--especially upholstered furniture. Get fresh air moving as many times as you can.

  • Sharon
    on Dec 21, 2019

    Room Shocker is what contractors use, you can buy it at Home Depot, Lowes or on Amazon or directly from Biocide .... I would get the 4 pk for a house.

  • Open your windows if possible and get as much fresh air as you can. Also, clean with bleach, everything.

  • Cheryl A
    Cheryl A
    on Dec 21, 2019

    you can put 1 cup white vinegar in a pan with a cup of water and let it boil slowly that will remove odors also one drop of vanilla on a cotton ball or paper towel put in closets, and in rooms will remove strong odors

  • Fiddledd224
    on Dec 21, 2019

    I recommend calling in a smoke removal company. They use chemical sponges that go much deeper than you could possibly go with a DIY solution. You just moved in so it is worth having it done right.

  • Dee
    on Dec 21, 2019

    You may have to repaint the walls to get the nicotine off. You will have to prime first then paint.

  • Tinyshoes
    on Dec 23, 2019

    Lindsay...It is a task....everything needs to be washed...curtains, walls, blinds, paneling,etc.

  • Peggy L Burnette
    Peggy L Burnette
    on Dec 23, 2019

    Hi Lindsay, yes we had the same problem. Nasty smoke smell. I had to wash down all the wood work and walls. I used lots of plug ins and candles. Good luck.

  • Marion Nesbitt
    Marion Nesbitt
    on Dec 23, 2019

    Apparently, you can rent ozone cleaners at Home Depot. Close all windows. Make sure people and pets exit. Powerful - may fade furnishings, etc. Probably better to use before moving in, but smokers use it when getting ready to sell.

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