6 Ways To Remove Cigarette Smells From Furniture

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Incorporating secondhand furniture into our homes is a great way to keep things green, but sometimes the smells that come along with them can really give you the blues. If Uncle Harold’s desk is just too good to pass up (unlike his chain smoking habit), worry not—there are a few things you can do to get rid of that cigarette smell from furniture.

Here’s How to Get Rid of Cigarette Smells from Furniture

These helpful tips should help you lessen or completely rid your furniture of those yucky smells.

1. Baking Soda

Either in a container or sprinkled on directly (and vacuumed out later), baking soda is amazing when it comes to absorbing smells.

2. Use Coffee Grinds (Really!)

Grab some used coffee grinds instead—just make sure not to stain any of the surfaces. The best use of this is in a container and for your non-fabric-finds.

3. Old Newspapers

Crumpled up newsprint is an effective odor-eater, and once it has done the job you can still toss it in the recycling bin, or use it to clean your windows: Newspaper + vinegar spritz = streak free shine.

4. Air It Out

If you can, leave the item in question outdoors so the fresh air can work its magic. Watch out for direct sun or rain and humidity, though, as these elements can cause damage and warping.

5. Paint It!

It really isn’t a sin to paint wood, though some of you might disagree. Painting furniture is a great way to breathe new life into an old design, and it also does a fabulous job at suppressing smoke stink. Make sure to clean the surfaces well beforehand (try a baking soda vinegar paste), followed by a light sanding/wipe down for maximum adhesion.

6. Pro Clean It or Vodka It

If we are talking about upholstered items, you can always have the piece professionally cleaned, or you can sneak a little vodka into a spray bottle and mist it. This trick also works wonders on clothing and is a great alternative to chemical products like Febreze.

Depending on how strong the smell is, you might need to try a combination of these tips.

If you have any other suggestions, let us know!