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Remove the Smell of Smoke with Essential Oils

Posted on August 04, 2019 by Chad Pegura | 31 comments

Remove the Smell of Smoke with Essential Oils

Smoke is one of those smells that is powerfully strong and can linger for an extended amount of time. When trying to remedy the problem and rid yourself of any smoky smells, you will find that you first have to remove the source of the problem to begin dealing with a permanent solution.
When you choose to light candles, use incense, or air fresheners you are only masking the problem and not actually eliminating the odor at all. Ventilation may be an option, but you will quickly find it diluting the smoke odor rather than eliminating it.
Depending on just how strong the odor is, there may be many methods you need to use to clean it up. If the smell is in the home, you must determine if it has permeated into your carpets, rugs, and other soft areas.

Essential Oils Help Remove Odors from Smoke

Essential oils are extracted from the leaves, stems, roots, and flowers of plants. They are highly concentrated oils. Which means a few drops can go a long way when you are trying to get the full fragrance of the plant or flower.
They are also an eco-friendly way to remove smoke odors from your car, your home, your clothes, the carpet, and even the air itself. The following outlines a few ways in which you can use essential oils to remove the smell of smoke.

Removing Smoke from Your Clothing

Smoke is easily absorbed into our clothes and the first step to remedying this situation is cleaning the clothing in the washing machine. Once the washing machine has filled with water, you can then add a few drops of citrus essential oil to the laundry detergent you are going to be using.

Removing Smoke from your Carpet or Rug

If the smoke smell has permeated your carpets, you will need to fill a container with two cups of baking soda then add a few drops of citrus essential oil and shake it up to mix it together.
You can then use the mixture as you would any other carpet deodorizer. Sprinkle it on the floors that smell of smoke and let it permeate the carpet for several hours. Once the time has passed, simply vacuum the carpet to remove all traces of the baking soda.

Remove the Smell of Smoke with Essential Oils

Removing Smoke from the Air

To clean and deodorize the air in the home, place 15-20 drops of essential oil into your nebulizing diffuser and let the scent fill the air. Lemon essential oil can purify the air while providing you with an uplifting and refreshing scent. Tea tree oil is another essential oil commonly used to deodorize and purify the air.
Additionally, you can place a few drops of essential oils on your air filters. When you change out your filters, add a couple drops of your favorite essential oil(s) directly to the filter. This will help kill any microbes and leave a pleasant scent in the air while at the same time eliminating the smell of smoke.

Essential Oils to Remove Smoky Odors

Let's take a closer look at the citrus essential oils you can use:

Bergamot – A less common citrus oil which has an aroma reminiscent of orange with floral characteristics.
Lemongrass - Is a powerful lemon aroma that is fresh and invigorating. It can be blended with other essential oils and may easily overpower other oils in the blend so it should be used in minimal quantities when combining with other oils.
Lime - This essential oil has been known to purify the air as well as your mind and spirit. It has a concentrated aroma and blends well with other essential oils. It is the perfect oil to use for diffusing in the home.
Other essential oils you can use to help with smoke odors are lavender, rosemary, sage, and peppermint oil.

Other Household Solutions for Smoke Damage

In addition to all of the essential oils above to help remove the smell of smoke, there are other household remedies you can use as well. White vinegar is good for neutralizing stubborn odors and can also be used on fabrics or linens.
It is also a good idea to clean all the surfaces in the home, car or wherever the stubborn smoke smell is located. Opening up windows to air things out is never enough.
Using a nebulizing diffusers is the most popular solution as the tiny microscopic particles of essential oils spreads throughout the home in a similar way to smoke effectively finding its way into all of the places damaged by the smoke.

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25 Responses

Dritan Ikonomi
Dritan Ikonomi

August 12, 2019

Smoke stinks! Good tips, thank you.

Kelly Freeman
Kelly Freeman

August 12, 2019

I hate the smell of smoke, so thanks for the tips!

Cassandra D
Cassandra D

August 11, 2019

Thank you for the information.

Erin G.
Erin G.

August 11, 2019

Coming from a family of smokers, this is really helpful. The lingering smell is awful. We have oil diffusers, but I would have never thought to use it for getting rid of the smell of smoke.

Karen Skinner
Karen Skinner

August 11, 2019

Great advice! Thank you!

donna porter
donna porter

August 11, 2019

This is really great information for me. I have 2 friends who smoke and have this lingering odor when they have been visiting,

NANCY
NANCY

August 11, 2019

That’s a very good idea. Kind of like Febreeze but with essential oils.

Jennylyn Gross
Jennylyn Gross

August 11, 2019

I wish I knew this when we inherited my mother in laws car

Mary Meadows
Mary Meadows

August 11, 2019

Great information! Thanks for sharing!

Ms C
Ms C

August 11, 2019

This article is handy!

Nancy Rexroad
Nancy Rexroad

August 10, 2019

Awesome information !

Ginger
Ginger

August 09, 2019

Great tips! I love Bergamot and lime for air purifying!

Mary W
Mary W

August 09, 2019

Well written article with practical common sense advice. Thanks!

Sheila Messina
Sheila Messina

August 09, 2019

Great ideas. thanks!

Irena Matković
Irena Matković

August 08, 2019

It’s good to know

Sandy Klocinski
Sandy Klocinski

August 07, 2019

Essential oils are awesome! There is some very useful info here. Natural ingredients are absolutely the way to go

Coline T.
Coline T.

August 07, 2019

I enjoy mixing natural cleaners very much and may be the main reason I started are the essential oils :-)

Ramos Chau
Ramos Chau

August 07, 2019

Thank you very much. This information is very useful for me because I don’t like the smell of smoke so much!

Deborah
Deborah

August 06, 2019

I can use this my husband smokes inside much to my unhappiness mainly with the smell that lingers. I have citrus & lemon grass oil interesting thank you!

Sarah H
Sarah H

August 06, 2019

Thanks for the tips!

Kristi Williams
Kristi Williams

August 06, 2019

Thank you for the great info and tips for removing smoke odors. I bet these essential oils ould also work great for cooking odors!

Florence Cochrane
Florence Cochrane

August 06, 2019

Thanks for sharing this useful information. I did not know that.

Manni
Manni

August 06, 2019

This is great! I did not know you can use oils to get rid of smoke. Love the idea of using natural ingredients.

Amanda Elliott
Amanda Elliott

August 06, 2019

We camp almost every weekend and always come home smelling like smoke, I recently started putting citrus essential oil in with the laundry and it makes all the difference in the world! I also diffuse lemongrass in the camper too!

Debbie Bashford
Debbie Bashford

August 06, 2019

Good to know I still have a few friends that smoke

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