Asked on Jul 21, 2017

How do you get cigarette smoke odor out of a closet?

Julie Starrett
by Julie Starrett
My son is moving into a house where a heavy smoker lived and his closet is awful. It's just bare wood.

  11 answers
  • Patricia Patricia on Jul 21, 2017

    looks like it will have to be repainted and some good airing out--good luck

  • Sunny C Sunny C on Jul 21, 2017

    Hello Julie; I would try and wash down the walls with a mixture of white vinegar and water. if this does not help, please try Bar Keepers Friend.

    Lastly, Please do this. Place unused coffee grounds in a deep bowl. crumple up newspaper, and place it in the closet. Close the closet, and leave alone for as long as possible.

    I hope that this helps you! Take Care!

  • Dfm Dfm on Jul 21, 2017

    my dad was a chain smoker...he would have at least 3 cigs lit at his chair in the living room, the bath and bed room. Everyone thought we had painted the house in a light gold color. Nope. Tar. We had to wash the walls. Use a window sqqgee keep your hands covered as well. Nicotine can be absorbed thru the skin...i.e. The stop smoking patches.. Then a good stain blocking primer. Let it set a week and see if there is any bleed thru. None paint the room. If the primer is again.

  • Treva M. Frank Treva M. Frank on Jul 21, 2017

    I agree with Patricia - paint kills the cigarette odor however I'm sure it's everywhere the smoker smoked....good luck!

  • Peg Peg on Jul 21, 2017

    You could also rent or buy a steam cleaner to clean the closet.

  • Debra Debra on Jul 21, 2017

    A cheap solution is to wash the walls with equal parts vinegar and water. This same solution works well to get the odor out of carpets too.

  • Julie Starrett Julie Starrett on Jul 21, 2017

    Water seems to only enhance the odor. Vinegar didn't work either. Thanks for the advice.

  • Karen Krysowaty Karen Krysowaty on Jul 21, 2017

    Since the vinegar and water didn't work try the citrus cleaners you can get at the dollar store. That seems to work in my brothers apartment and he is a smoker.

  • Marc Gunter Marc Gunter on Jul 23, 2017

    i he owns the house, I would suggest installing cedar panels after cleaning/painting to take care of any odor that may try to resurface later.

  • Bba21918637 Bba21918637 on Jul 23, 2017

    Paint it with Kilz

  • Kim Kim on Jul 23, 2017