Have you just bought your dream house? Perhaps its everything you have been looking for. The only problem is that the previous owners were smokers. Now you have the issue the whole home seems to be saturated with tobacco fumes. What can you do about it? How easy is it to remove?

Due to the minuscule nature of tobacco smoke particles, it means that they can affect pretty much any place in your house. Even if you are in an apartment that has never had someone who smokes occupying it, smoke from neighboring apartments can permeate into your home.

What are some of the first things you can do?

After purchasing or renting your new place. You will want to remove the offensive odor as best as you can.

Take a look at some natural odor absorbents and neutralizers.

  • Baking soda is a known odor neutralizer, take care with this though, as it could cause some damage to soft furnishings etc.
  • Citrus: citrus peel can be placed about the house for a number of days. Citrus also smells great.
  • Vinegar or charcoal are also good options. Put either of these in a bowl and leave in them in each room.
  • Coffee grounds are a great odor neutralizer. Put them into filters and place them in rooms.
  • Ventilation can be a most effective ways to initially get rid of nasty tobacco smoke. Open windows and doors as long as you can.

This is just some ideas to get you started with eliminating the smell of tobacco smoke. In our next blog, we will be looking at some more permanent solutions for getting rid of this smell.

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