Unfinished wood surfaces, like the inside surfaces of wood furniture , the underside of a wood table, or wooden drawers, can trap in smoke odors like a sponge. To get rid of smoke odors on unfinished wood surfaces, spray a light mist of OdoBan® Disinfectant and Odor Eliminator over these surfaces.
Try wiping down furniture, washable walls, floors, etc. with white vinegar. Also, try placing several bowls of vinegar around the room with the smoke damage, leaving them there for several days. If you can’t stand the smell of vinegar, try mixing a bit of lavender oil into the bowls to help cut the odor of the vinegar.
Wash your clothing in regular detergent with a cup of baking soda added. Let it line dry if possible. If one washing isn’t enough to eliminate the odor , wash as many times as needed prior to drying in a machine. You can add baking soda to soapy water to hand wash delicate items.
Bacteria and germs can permeate porous wood causing awful “old- smell ” odors . To eliminate the smell , kill the bacteria and germs by cleaning the inside of the drawers and all surfaces with a sponge dampened with vinegar, Murphy’s Oil Wood Soap or any Anti-Fungal Detergents. Then let dry in a well ventilated area.
Just mix water and vinegar together using a 1:1 ratio and thoroughly wipe down your piece of furniture , then allow it to air dry. Or you can also fill a spray bottle with the solution and spray it down, whichever your little heart desires. This stuff definitely works.
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While he says it doesn’t make much of a difference if the towel is wet or dry, “in principle [a wet towel ] would probably help trap a little bit more smoke , but really you’re not going to get that much smoke coming in through those sorts of gaps”. A wet towel will, however, “help keep some of the heat out as well”.
You can clean with vinegar or, even better, a mixture of trisodium phosphate (TSP) and water. If the smell persists, you might have to repaint the room, using a sealing, odor -killing primer like Kilz. Without a sealing primer, the smell will eventually start to seep back in through the paint.
Baking soda is another simple household product that can help get rid of the lingering smell of smoke . It needs to be sprinkled onto clothes or fabrics and left overnight, up to 24 hours, to give it time to neutralise the smell .
Launder the clothes normally. Before you dry them, machine wash them again with your preferred detergent. If they come out smelling like vinegar, don’t worry; this will go away naturally. If the clothes still smell smoky, wash them once again; it may take up to five cycles to remove the smell entirely.
The risks of passive smoking Smoke can linger in the air for 2 to 3 hours after you’ve finished a cigarette, even with a window open.
You can also give baking soda and white vinegar a try. These ingredients won’t damage most wood , but spot-test an out -of-the way area first to make sure your finish is safe. The acid in the vinegar neutralizes the odor in fresh and dried urine stains, and the baking soda gives you some mild abrasives to work with.
White vinegar is a mildly acidic product that cleans, deodorizes, and disinfects. It can also kill 82% of mold species, including black mold , on porous and non-porous surfaces. You can use it safely on most surfaces, and its offensive odor goes away quickly. Pour undiluted white vinegar into a spray bottle.