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Natural Home Remedies for Removing Smoke Out of a Room
To remove the odor, you don’t necessarily need to buy specialized chemical substances. You can do so by just hanging damp bedsheets and towels – water molecules are efficient in absorbing smoke particles.
You can also clear smoke out of your room by using well-known absorbing products:
- mix activated carbon, baking soda, and salt – this mixture, when spilt in the corners of the room, is good at absorbing any smells;
- potato starch can be used in the same way;
- you can also moisten several sponges in the vinegar solution and put them in different places;
- coffee beans make up another efficient natural absorbent;
- There is one more method: pour 100 ml of vinegar in the pan and boil it; after the fluid evaporates completely, the smell will dissipate.
To fill your home with fragrant scents that will suppress light smoky smell, you can:
- put lemon or orange peel in several places;
- place coniferous branches in vases;
- it is a good idea to hang fragrant herbs around – lavender, rosemary, mint, sage, etc.;
- or you can simply boil some water in the open pan, add aromatic oil, or any spices, and boil them for some time – their fragrant aroma will spread across your home quickly.
You should remember that there is one more method, which is aromatherapy. Aroma oils with a fairly strong scent (like citrus and evergreen leaf), as well as frankincense, will help make the slight smell of burnt food vanish.
Don’t want to use chemicals? Here’s how to get smoke smell out of your house naturally
If you’re concerned about toxic or harsh chemicals that may be in some cleaning products, there are several naturally-derived things you can do. Place activated charcoal, apple cider vinegar, or white vinegar in a bowl in each room. If you are a coffee lover, you could also use coffee grounds. All these substances can help to absorb odors in a non-invasive way.
You can also mask the smoke smell with vanilla extract. Use a cloth to wipe it over different surfaces in the home, or put some on cotton balls. You can also do the same with essential oils or use scented candles to get rid of the smell. House plants are also excellent at absorbing chemicals and purifying the air. Buy some and place them throughout the house.
How to wash walls to get rid of smoke smell
Although many homeowners swear by using an ammonia mixture to remove smoke smells, there are natural alternatives to harsh chemicals that you can try first. According to Fiona, "A less harsh but also effective method is to mix a good Castile soap with water and essential oils of your choice, and then scrub the walls with a microfiber cloth."
Tip: You can also make a mixture using ½ cup baking soda, ¼ cup white vinegar, and hot water. This will also help remove any stains on the walls that may be contributing to bad odors. Follow these steps to clean the walls, including making sure the sponge or cloth you're using is just barely damp, not soaking wet, to reduce drips on the wall.
Step 3 Clean All Surfaces and Household Items
By airing out the house, you’ll notice the smoke odor starting to disappear. However, without deep-cleaning the house, the smoke particles will stay, and the smoke smell will linger.
- Remove curtains, area rugs, furniture covers, blankets, decorative pillows, and anything else made of fabric and wash them thoroughly. Make sure to store these items outside of the house until the smoke odor is completely gone (otherwise they might soak up the smell again).
- Wash windows, screens, and shades to remove soot and ash, which cause the smoke odor. Pay particular attention to the blinds, as smoke residue sticks to these more than glass. You can use a white vinegar solution and warm water and scrub the blinds to remove smoke smell. Remember to wash your window screens as well!
- Wash solid surfaces with a cleaning solution of dish soap, white vinegar, and water. You should tackle all surfaces, including the walls, ceilings, doors, cabinets, shelves, furniture, light fixtures, and any other surface that could have smoke particles. Use the same mixture of dish soap, vinegar, and water to mop wood, tile, or vinyl flooring. Remember to clean the mop with fresh water between each pass, so the smoke particles don’t get into the mop bucket.
- Clean carpets and furniture upholstery; sprinkle baking soda, and let it sit for about a day. The baking soda will absorb odors, and you can vacuum the leftover substance. You can also steam clean carpets for better results, but delicate materials like leather or silk should go to a professional cleaner. You may be better off contacting a professional cleaning service for these more delicate surfaces.
- Clean your HVAC system to make sure the smoke particles aren’t lingering in the ventilation system. Change all air filters and furnace filters as soon as you can. Contact your HVAC maintenance company to ensure it has no damage after the fire.
If the smoke smell is still strong even after your deep-cleaning, you might need to replace the object causing the smell. Furniture is notorious for holding on to smoke odors, as well as blinds and carpet.
Fires are devastating and terrifying. Once the fire is out, and you’ve ensured everyone is safe, you could be facing a long and challenging road to get your home back to its original state. Fires can cause extreme structural damage as well as destroy your furniture and personal items. Almost every material in the home holds onto smoke odor, making it very difficult to eliminate.
By taking these steps, you can start odor removal to get rid of the fire smoke smell in your home. If the smell persists, the best way to make sure all of the smoke odors disappear is to contact experts from IDC Repair and Restoration. We can effectively eliminate the smell of smoke using our advanced equipment such as air scrubbers and ozone generators. Once we are through deodorizing your home, you’ll forget that the fire ever happened!