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How to get rid of the smell of cigarettes in the apartment after the previous owners?

Seamus Fallon

The smell of cigarettes for people who do not smoke them can often be irritating. How to get rid of it and is it even possible?

Many non-smokers have a problem even being in the same room with people who like to smoke a cigarette. The smell of tobacco is irritating, some even complain that it gives them headaches. Unfortunately, it is not always possible to avoid this smell. It happens that we buy an apartment from the secondary market, and the previous owner liked to “smoke a smoke” inside, which can be smelled from a distance. Certainly no amount of ventilation will help. How to deal with this problem?

Air freshener and scented candles

A good quality air freshener can help, and there are some available on the market that kill the smell of cigarettes. The best are air fresheners plugged into a contact. Burning scented candles is also a good idea, but it’s worth betting on those from good brands that are really fragrant

Soda can also help

Soda is the most popular and also one of the most inexpensive and effective odor absorbers. After buying an apartment with an irritating smell, it’s a good idea to set up bowls of baking soda mixed with a few drops of vinegar in various places.

Air purifier or humidifier

In the past, air purifiers could be found mainly in offices, but today it is a piece of equipment that also works successfully in the home. The device perfectly absorbs not only pollutants, but also odors. 

A humidifier can also be helpful, to which you can add a few drops of aromatic oil.

These items are worth getting rid of

After buying a used apartment, where you can smell the presence of previous owners-smokers, it is necessary to get rid of curtains, drapes, bedspreads and carpets. This is because they are soaked with cigarette smoke. If you really want these items to stay – it is worth washing them thoroughly (beforehand you can soak them in baking soda) and use special perfumes for fabrics. 

Coffee not only for drinking

The smell of coffee perfectly neutralizes the smell of cigarettes. You can pour coffee beans into decorative vases and put them as decoration in different parts of the apartment. You can also put ground coffee in linen bags. However, it is important to remember that the smell of coffee diminishes over time, so it needs to be replaced every few weeks.


Citrus can also help get rid of the smell of tobacco. You can arrange dried lemon or orange as decorations on dressers or cabinets. It is also a good idea to stick a few cloves in the fruit, then the smell will be more intense, and the citrus slices will look nicer.

main photo: Siimon

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