How to Get Smoke Smell Out of a House

LAST UPDATED: Dec 09, 2020 | PUBLISHED: May 10, 2018 | By:

How to get smoke smell out of a house {without effort}. The quickest, easiest, least expensive way to eliminate any odor!

get rid of smoke smell without paint

I bet you didn’t see this post coming! After a conversation with my friend Allyson last night, I felt inclined to let you in on a little secret, just in case you and your home are suffering too.

We have purchased not one, but two homes that have smelled like smoke. The garage of our primary residence was frequently smoked in, presumably with the garage door down or merely cracked.

It was frustrating! I love the art of a subtle, effortless natural scent and it’s one of my favorite ways to create a cozy home. In fact, don’t skip this post if you’re the same way: 8 Ways to Make Your Home Smell Great!

When we purchased the home, the painter left the door open every day for two weeks. Eventually, we even had the walls of the garage primed and painted in hopes of eliminating the smoke smell which inspired this garage organization project.

easy way to get rid of smoke smell

The larger issue however was how the smoke smell permeated the mudroom and powder room. With a full renovation, the smell finally dissipated. However, that’s not always an option.

Main living room before renovation; yellow walls with red and brown accents.
easy way to get rid of smoke smell

When we purchased the lake home, we noticed a stale smell, but every time we unpacked our bags at home, we couldn’t wait to wash everything – clean or dirty! Our clothes and bags reeked of stale smoke though no one had smoked in the home for years.

After crowdsourcing how to get rid of smoke smell on Instagram we  tried several methods. Many of them require investment of time and money.

How to get rid of smoke smell in house:

  • prime and paint
  • remove wallpaper
  • update curtains
  • clean or replace carpet
  • have ductwork cleaned
  • wipe everything down with white vinegar
  • baking soda in a bowl
  • volcanic rock – the easiest method!
how to get smoke smell out

After I mentioned it to Allyson, she let me in on a little secret…volcanic rock. I’ll be honest, I was skeptical. Really skeptical. With nothing to lose but $7, it was worth a shot. (PS you can purchase here).

eliminate smell of smoke

How Volcanic Rock Work

  • absorb moisture and odors
  • natural, non-toxic and environmentally friendly
  • place them in discreet places i.e.: under beds, sofas, etc
  • recharge by placing them in the sun

Crazy, right? We started using them last fall, only putting them out in the sun twice and when we returned to our lake cottage this spring, there was absolutely no evidence of odor thanks to these volcanic rocks! I’m still blown away. Who knew it could be so easy?

Volcanic rock is the easiest way to get rid of smoke smell in a house and it works for other odors, too!

You can use them for pet odors, shoe bins, and even in a refrigerator just as you would baking soda. Have a funky odor in your car? Place a bowl of volcanic rock under the seat. We have tried it all and it works like a charm, every time!

Have you tried volcanic rocks before or have you had a smoke smell in your home?

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