How to Get Smoke Smell Out of Your House and Furniture

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2. Tuck A Wet Towel Under Your Door

This is useful if you’re hiding cigarette smoke from your parents. Or just from your wife.

You can lock yourself in a room but you can’t really lock the smoke in your room. If you lit it up really hard, the smoke will inevitably find that opening under the door and escape there.

The simple trick is to just tuck something under your door. You can use socks, T-shirt, even a book.

A wet towel, however, works best. Any kind of textile you might shove under the door doesn’t stop cigarette smoke 100%. A wet towel does.

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Removing cigarette smell from your clothing

Even if you go outside to smoke, you’re bound to bring a cigarette smell back inside with you, unless you remove it immediately from clothes and shoes. If you don’t wash your clothing after each use, your closet will also smell like cigarettes. These solutions can help:

Machine or hand-wash with baking soda

  • Wash your clothing in regular detergent with a cup of baking soda added. Let it line dry if possible. If one washing isn’t enough to eliminate the odor, wash as many times as needed prior to drying in a machine. Dryers can bake the smell in, making it harder to remove.
  • You can add baking soda to soapy water to hand wash delicate items.

Use dryer sheets

If you need to remove cigarette smell from your clothing in a pinch, rubbing a dryer sheet on each entire garment you have on will help. Don’t forget hats, scarves, gloves, shoes, or boots.

Try a deodorizing spray

Spraying your clothing with an air freshener made for fabric, or with a spray-on antiperspirant, is another way to remove cigarette odor from clothing. This hack may be overpowering, however, given that you need to spray the entire garment in order to get results.

Mask the odor

Essential oil sprays won’t absorb thirdhand smoke smell, but certain scents may be effective at masking it to some degree. These include orange, grapefruit, eucalyptus, and lavender.

Don’t put undiluted essential oils directly on your skin.

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.

Can Cats and Dogs Smell Cannabis Buds and Edibles?

You’ve likely seen the presence of German shepherds or Labradors as detection dogs in airports. They’re trained to identify and help nab contraband. Marijuana, despite its legal status in many regions of the world, remains one of the substances these dogs are trained to detect.

This then begs the question: how well can dogs smell cannabis? We know for a fact that canines are better at picking up scents compared to humans. Researchers have specifically identified their skills to be 100,000 times more effective,¹ given the 300 million olfactory receptors in their noses. To put it in perspective, humans only have 6 million.

Now, if a dog is trained to sniff out and detect marijuana from, say, baggage, there’s a good chance that it could. According to industry experts, most detection dogs can be trained to recognise THC even when it’s mixed in flour. That means edibles won’t necessarily be easier to sneak past them.

Some experts, however, aren’t that sure if dogs can detect THC in cooked or baked goods, since the cannabinoid has gone through chemical changes that could make it more difficult for them to recognise.

Now, what about cats? Do they pick up on the marijuana smell? Anecdotal evidence is divided, so far. Some claim that their feline pets enjoy the smell of weed, both in bud form and when combusted. But for others, their cats aren’t as receptive.

It’s worth noting that animals like dogs and cats also have an endocannabinoid system.² However, the effects of intoxicating cannabinoids like THC are considered “undesirable” for animals, especially for dogs. Moreover, you should avoid smoking weed in close proximity to your pets, as it can be damaging to them.

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7. Keep it short

Every extra minute that you spend taking a drag is one extra minute that smoke has to spread and settle into your surroundings. For the sneakiest smokes, try to limit yourself to just a couple minutes.

Keeping it short, as well as following the tips listed above, you can certainly have a quick smoke without leaving lasting impressions in the room.

Air Purifiers

Here is where technology and new devices become heroes. You can find affordable air purifiers at the biggest supermarkets like Waltmart and Target, as well as at small stores or at Amazon. They are cheap, easy to use, and they work wonders when it comes to smoking weed inside. It is one of those products where you can either spend a small amount or a good considerable amount and still get an effective way to keep the air in your house clean and stank-free. 

It doesn’t look suspicious, in the sense that no one who sees it in your place would think it is because you want to hide your herb’s aroma. Moreover, you can choose a design that fits your home decor to match the space.

Additionally, you will have an even better excuse if you live with animals or have people with allergies near. For these places, air purifiers are a must. Place one in the main smoking area and more in the rooms of whoever has allergies. As a result, you have a smell-proof house, with air cycling through a filter continuously. Isn’t it amazing?. If you search yourself, you will find that there are lots of options, hence consider going for a not so expensive one and purchase more than one unit so you are able distribute them all around.

Baking Soda

This is pretty self-explanatory. If you want to smoke pot inside without smell, cleaning products are perfect for this task thanks to their intense fragrances.

Therefore, instead of covering your pot traces up, it is often preferred to remove stank at once. Look for deodorizing products like Lysol rather than perfuming products which just sit on top of the stank. It can make the house smell neat,  and there is nothing more satisfying than a clean room where you can spend a good time. 

Do you prefer to stay away from chemicals and prefer natural room deodorizer? Look no further than baking soda. Accessible for a few dollars in big packets, baking soda is the most traditional method of getting rid of cannabis smell. Mix it with some vinegar and water, and you will have a natural way to get rid of the stank.

Another way of using baking soda for this purpose is to put it on surfaces where you smoke your cannabis. Sprinkle baking soda generously and then vacuum it thoroughly. Additionally, consider keeping your stoner room with a nice dish filled with baking soda.

4. Put a wet towel by the closed door

With blocked vents inside the room, the last line of defense against the smoke sneaking out is to protect the air gap at the bottom of the door.

Just like smoke can sneak through vents, it can also go under doors.

For a quick fix, throw a towel or a pile of clothe

For a quick fix, throw a towel or a pile of clothes on the floor by the door. This extra fabric helps to keep the smoke from exiting the room.

For even better coverage, try getting the towel wet. Smoke has more trouble traveling through moisture so this is just an extra barrier.

Smoking in the Boys Room…

Remember that song “smoking in the boys room”, a 1970’s classic about lighting up in the bathroom? Not only was this song immensely popular, but they may have been onto something.

Smoking in bathrooms hold a few bit advantages over other rooms.

Advantages of smoking in bathrooms

  • Tile floors reject odors: Most bathrooms have tile or linoleum floor, both of which are better at resisting a smoke smell compared to carpeted floors.
  • Wet towels make sense: Using the wet towel trick, it can be hard to smoke and use a wet towel at the base of the door in any room besides a bathroom. If you get caught, a wet towel is just not going to make sense in any other setting.
  • Turn on the shower: If you want to keep people from barging in and catching you mid-smoke, try turning on the shower. The steam will help to absorb the smoke and it guarantees a level of privacy.

Warnings

  • It’s also worthwhile to consider how smoking inside might affect other people. On top of the bad smell, lingering smoke hurts other people’s lungs, discolors walls, and has many other negative effects on the house and the people inside it. Smoking inside once in a while is understandable, but try to exercise some courtesy and compassion if it starts becoming a habit.

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  • Just because you can smoke indoors, doesn’t mean you should. Other people are likely to be very angry if they find you smoking indoors, and smoke in a closed space entails a health risk. Weigh the potential consequences before trying to smoke undetected, and decide for yourself whether or not it’s worth it.

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The bottom line on how to get smoke smell out of your house

Start by airing out the house in general. Then use robust cleaning products to clean all hard surfaces. Then wash all carpets and any fabric-covered areas. Clean all air ducts and replace air filters. To finish the job, you can follow up with an air purifier.

Conclusion

As always I hope these tips help shed some light on some major misconceptions about stoner life. There is literally zero reason a stoner’s house needs to smell like anything, so, no more excuses people. Just chill out and smoke your damn herb and stop pretending it’s the most significant and important thing to ever happen in the house. It ain’t.

xxoo, The Stoner Mom

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