“All my stuff smells like smoke!” One of the biggest surprises for people who used to smoke but have switched to electronic cigarettes is that their belongings smell more like smoke than they realized.
If you’ve experienced this, you’ve already switched to e cigs—but that doesn’t necessarily mean that you’ve left the smoky smell behind you! Here are a few ways to get things smelling fresh more quickly.
Clean the Smoke Smell in Your Home
The stench of cigarettes gets deep into everything when you smoke indoors. And even if you step outside to smoke, you probably leave a trail of odor that non-smokers notice.
A good, thorough cleaning for the home includes:
- Clean upholstered furniture, carpet, curtains, and other fabric surfaces. To get out smoke that has penetrated deep into fabrics, you may need to rent a steam cleaner.
- Replace wallpaper or re-paint the walls and ceilings with odor-blocking paint.
- Use a good multi-surface spray on all other surfaces. Removing the tar deposited by cigarettes is essential to getting rid of the smell.
- Replace your heating and air conditioning filters and, if possible, get the ductwork cleaned.
- Wash clothes, bedding, and all other washable fabrics. You can also add one cup of white vinegar to the wash to help neutralize the odor. It’s a big task, but cleaning everything at once will help destroy that smoke smell much faster!
Get Rid of the Cigarette Smell in the Car
Let’s be honest: rolling down the window never really helped. Traditional cigarettes leave a yellowish, sticky residue on car interiors—not to mention ash.
First, you should vacuum the car and wipe everything down with non-abrasive cloths, sponges, or brushes and approved interior cleaners. Use a brush cleaner on upholstery or get special leather cleaner. Make sure to clean every nook and cranny—there may be ash or cigarette butts under the seats.
Finally, place some open containers of an odor absorber such as baking soda, coffee grounds, or kitty litter in various places. Let things sit for 2 days with the windows rolled up to absorb the smell.
Difficult Items to Deodorize
Leather purses, books, knickknacks — just about anything lying around the house needs cleaning in order to fully deodorize the home. Here are a few strategies for dealing with tough-to-clean objects:
- Dryer sheets: place items into a zip-top bag with a lightly scented dryer sheet or two. After a few days, the dryer sheets will absorb the smell.
- Vinegar: anything that can be safely submerged may benefit from being washed with vinegar diluted in water. For knickknacks, a soft toothbrush may help remove sticky tar residue.
- Baking soda: Leave open boxes of baking soda around the house to absorb smells.
- Air purifiers: A good air cleaning device can really help get rid of mild cases of smoke odor in the home.
Finally, be sure to do your laundry—all of it. Wash the extra bedsheets in the closet and dry clean your winter coats.
Of course, the best way to avoid adding to the smoky smell in your home, car, and personal items is to switch from traditional cigarettes to electronic cigarettes like our e cig. Vaping instead of smoking helps you say goodbye to ash, heavy residue, and the burnt smell of smoking. Mistic E Cigs and the HAUS Personal Vaporizer don’t leave any lingering smell, and your nose will thank you!