House, Cars & Body Reek of Smoke? Follow These Steps to Get Rid of It

30 Ways To Get Rid Smell Of Cigarette Smoke - DoctorOnCall

Smell of Cigarette Smoke Around Us?

Although we do not smoke but the smoke produced by other people who smoke can stick to the body, furniture and hardware around us. It not only causes an unpleasant odor, but it is also difficult to get rid of if we do not do it the right way.

Cigarette smoke can spread easily and stick to the surroundings especially if you smoke in a secluded place such as in a room, house or in a car. It is not only attached to the surrounding objects, but also to the shirt and body. The best way to get rid of the smell of cigarettes on the body and the surroundings is by stop smoking. However, quitting from smoking is not as easy as you might think. So, for starters, you can try to get rid of the smell of cigarettes around you. Maybe over time the fresh and fragrant environment makes you nauseous with the smell of cigarettes and determined to quit. Take this quiz to find out if you are dependent on nicotine!

Tips to Eliminate the Smoke of Cigarette Smoke at Home

If you smoke in the house or room, of course the smell of cigarette smoke will stick to your environment. This is not only unpleasant for you, but also affects family members or anyone who lives under the same roof with you. The smell of cigarette smoke in the house, even without cigarettes can physically affect health as well. Let's take these steps to eliminate the smell of cigarettes from your home. 

  • Clean all surfaces such as sofas, tables, glass windows and so on. Many people think that the smell of cigarettes only sticks to the fabric surface, the fact is that cigarette smoke actually sticks to the walls, windows and even the ceiling. You can mix water and vinegar in a 1: 1 ratio and clean the surface with this mixture. After that, wipe the surface again with clean water. You can also use a window cleaner that works to remove the smell of cigarette smoke. Avoid applying vinegar solution on waxy surfaces as it can erode such surfaces. Vinegar and water solutions can clean the surface and eliminate the smell of smoke. As a result, your home smells fresh and your furniture is clean and shiny. 
  • Change and wash curtains, pillowcases and washable rugs. You can send carpets to stores that provide carpet cleaning services. If you want to save the budget, you can sprinkle bicarbonate powder on the carpet and leave for a day. Vacuum your carpet, and see how it changes. Definitely satisfying.
  • Place several bowls containing activated charcoal in the corners of the house. Charcoal can absorb odors. It will remove the unpleasant odor. Your home will be odor-free with this tip.
  • Make sure your home is well ventilated. Open existing windows to allow fresh air into the house. Good airflow will help deodorize the area. You can also use the fan while opening the window to speed up this process.
  • Use an air purifierto filter out cigarette smoke particles in the home.
  • Clean the ashtray containing cigarette butts and cigarette ash

Get rid of these cigarette butts first. Then, rinse with water and a little detergent.

  • Use an air freshener to eradicate the smell of smoke in the house. If you want a natural air freshener, use tangerine, pandan, or lemon peel to freshen the air.
  • Drying pillows or fabric-type sofas if the smell of cigarette smoke still sticks to home furniture
  • Smoking outdoors is the best way to avoid unpleasant odor in your house. It is not only odorless, it is even safer for your family.

Smelly Breath? Follow These Tips To Solve The Problem

The habit of smoking causes cigarette particles to stick to the walls of the mouth, tongue, teeth, and other oral structures. The longer it is left, the more bacteria will multiply. This not only causes your mouth to smell like cigarettes but also smells very bad. Cigarette smoke can also cause other dental problems that can contribute to bad breath or a medical term called halitosis. Follow the steps below to get rid of bad breath due to cigarettes.

  • Brush your teeth regularly and thoroughly

This step helps keep your oral cavity clean and prevent bad breath. You are encouraged to brush at least 2 times a day and floss your teeth regularly. You are also encouraged to use a mouthwash and tongue cleanser. There is also special toothpaste for smokers on the market. These toothpaste are usually rougher than regular toothpaste and you are advised to use them alternately with regular toothpaste. However, these products are more focused on the problem of yellow teeth caused by the deep tar in cigarettes.

  • Drink plenty of plain

Saliva produced in the mouth plays an important role in cleansing food residues and other particles attached to your mouth. Therefore, drink enough water throughout the day to prevent bacterial growth.

  • Chew sugarless gum

You are encouraged to chew chewing gum for 5 minutes to stimulate the production of saliva which can eliminate bad breath. The chewing gum should be sugar-free because sugar is a bacteria’s favorite and the reproduction of these bacteria will produce acids that can erode teeth and cause bad breath.

Particles released from cigarette smoke can also stick to your body and clothing, causing both to smell. This will affect your appearance. All you can do is:

  • Add the bicarbonate of soda to your laundry. Sometimes, you need to do more than one wash to get rid of the smell of cigarette smoke. Avoid using a dryer if the smell of cigarettes is still on the clothes that have been washed as this step can cause the smell of cigarettes to stick to your fabric.
  • Use a fragrance spray on your fabric and body to eliminate the smell of cigarette smoke. 
  • Use essential oils such as grapefruit, lavender, orange, and eucalyptus to cover the stubborn smell of cigarette smoke. However, avoid applying concentrated essential oils directly on the skin. This can cause irritation.
  • Wash your hands often, including under your nails and between your fingers, using a hand soap every time you smoke.
  • Wash your hair every time you take a shower. The smell of smoke can also stick to the hair. You can also use "dry shampoo" or "hair mist" as an alternative.

Car Smell Cigarette smoke? Don't Worry, Follow These Steps

If you smoke in the car, you can reduce the smell of cigarette smoke stuck in your car with the steps below.

  • Open the window when smoking.
  • Wipe the windshield of your car on the inside each time you smoke.
  • Do not leave cigarette butts or cigarette ash in the car.
  • Clean the car seat regularly.
  • Place a container containing charcoal in your car.
  • Coffee beans can also eliminate the smell of cigarettes in the car. Leave the open jar containing this coffee bean in the car for a few hours and see the result.
  • Clean the rubber mat on the floor of your car with detergent.
  • Open the car door occasionally and leave in the sun. 
  • You can put the skins of fresh citrus fruits such as lemons, oranges, and lemons in the car. In addition to eradicating the smell of cigarette smoke, the excess skin of this fruit also gives a fresh scent in the car.
  • You can send a car for ozone cleaning techniques at a professional car wash.


Even with the above tips, the best way to avoid the unpleasant smell of cigarettes is to quit smoking. Cigarettes not only cause bad breath or an uncomfortable environment, but they can cause various diseases such as cancer, stomach ulcers, and so on. Initiatives to quit smoking should come from yourself. You can seek the help of a doctor or an expert to provide support and suggest appropriate steps in your fight to quit smoking. Remember, cigarettes can kill you and your loved ones.

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