Uh-oh! What’s that smell? CIGAR SMOKE ODOR.
Smoke odor stinks up your clothes. It gets into your car, your office, and your living space. It’s also a nuisance to non-smokers who are doing their best to avoid second-hand smoke.
Fortunately, there are several ways to eliminate smoke smell, and many don’t even require you to stop indulging in one of life’s greatest pleasures. Follow these steps, and you’ll get rid of the odor for good.
If your linens and washable apparel smell smoky, it’s time to soak. Soaking the attire in a washing machine full of warm water with a dash of baking soda should get the job done. We also suggest adding a cup of white vinegar (distilled) to the rinse cycle before shutting it off.
If you don’t have access to a washing machine, place the affected clothes in a plastic bag with two tablespoons of baking soda and two dryer sheets. Secure with a zip, and shake the bag. Let the clothes soak in the bag overnight, then shake out the remaining bits of soda before cleaning as usual.
Humidity is another key tool for eliminating odor from your clothes. A simple method is to place your smoky clothing in a place with elevated humidity. This should allow the moisture to cover the fabric. As it evaporates, many of the cigar odor components will fade away as well. The alternative is to mist your clothing with water from a spray bottle and let it dry outside.
In situations where there’s no time to change or wash the clothes, it’s best to keep an odor-eliminator spray handy. The spray works by wicking the odor away, and it doesn’t mix with the smoke smell like other deodorants (many of which combine with the existing smell to create a noxious odor). MustGo’s Odor Eliminator Fabric Spray is a good option.
While you can undertake measures like soaking and using plastic bags to eliminate smoke odor from your clothes, those options don’t apply when the smell is in your vehicle. The odor can easily infiltrate leather and fabric seats, but there are ways to replace the smell with a fresh scent.
For cars with cloth seats, a great way to remove the smoke odor is to use dryer sheets. Wipe the seats with the sheets to imbue a clean scent. You can also slide the sheets under the seats.
Another technique is to use cinnamon. This route is a bit more complicated than the dryer sheet path as it requires car owners to place the cinnamon inside a small pot and boil it for a few minutes. You can transport the cinnamon liquid mixture to your car by using a travel mug. Shut the car’s windows and let the cinnamon blend do its thing. Keep it in your car until the liquid returns to the standard room temperature. Taking these steps will freshen up your ride in no time.
Perhaps you’re hosting a get-together at home or your aunt is coming over for Christmas, and you don’t want that cigar odor hanging around. For removing the odor of smoke from your home effectively and quickly, there are a few nifty steps you can take.
First, you can use a HEPA air purifier to eliminate odor-producing molecules. If you’re still able to smell smoke after you “air out” your residence, put bowls of white sugar or vinegar around to absorb odor. Switch them out daily with fresh versions.
Another powerful absorber of cigar smoke is window coverings. You’ll want to take these out in order to wash them clean, whether they’re drapes, shades, blinds, or curtains. Non-wooden coverings can be soaked in a bathtub containing a cleaner (all-purpose) mixed with a cup of vinegar and tap water.
Drapes and curtains can be replaced or taken to a dry cleaner. Washable drapes should be soaked in the hottest available water. Spray vinegar onto the surface of the windows, and use a microfiber cloth to wipe them clean.
Taking the steps mentioned above should help you eliminate smoke odor from your life.
But if you haven’t got much time on your hands, you might be better off smoking away from your residence.
The Scottsdale cigar lounge offers the perfect setting to enjoy a fine cigar and a drink, boasting a resort-style patio that ensures the odor of the smoke stays outdoors rather than filling up your vehicle or home. You also get a private humidor locker, concierge services, and more.