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There’s a certain aspect of cigars that’s haunted smokers for ages: the task of getting rid of that stubborn cigar smell.
While you may enjoy a cigar (or two, or three) every now and then, the smell of smoke can linger long after you’ve taken your last puff. This is because the molecular makeup of smoke causes it to bind with fabrics and other surfaces, making it tougher for it to disappear hours or even days after your smoke session.
But have no fear — with a little effort and innovation, you can eliminate (or at least, reduce) the smell of cigar smoke. Here’s how to get rid of cigar smell from your clothes, car and house.
Wash your clothes – This sounds like common sense, but washing your clothes is the first step to eliminating the smell of cigar smoke. If you still find that your clothes smell like smoke even after washing, add baking soda to your detergent. Baking soda has proven odor eliminating properties and will work hard to scrub that lingering smoke smell from your clothes.
Soak your clothes – If you still find that washing your clothes doesn’t do the trick, giving your clothes a good soak in a baking soda solution may be more effective at eliminating the smell of smoke. Add ½ cup of baking soda to a full bucket or sink of water and let your clothes soak in it for as long as necessary to eliminate the odor.
Use a dry cleaning service – The pros know how to get the job done. If you have the cash and the smell is bad enough, you can use a dry cleaning service to eliminate odors from your clothing. Read customer reviews and pay attention to companies that specifically focus on eliminating smoke odor to narrow down your options.
Spray with a deodorizer – If you’re in a hurry or on a budget, a spray-on deodorizer can be a tentative solution for your smoke odor problem. While not as effective as some of the other options we’ve listed, a quality odor eliminating spray can do wonders to freshen up your clothes. Look for a product that has specific smoke eliminating properties, like Scent Bomb Air Freshener spray.
Having your house or car smell like cigar smoke can be a nuisance for family members, friends and guests. Fortunately, there are a number of steps you can take to reduce the smell of smoke in these places.
Wash cushions and drapes – Again, since smoke binds to fabric, you’ll want to do this first. Wash car/furniture cushions and drapes according to their respective specific instructions. You may be able to get away with washing some drapes in the washing machine, but for car and furniture cushions, you’ll want to look into a quality upholstery cleaner, specifically one that contains baking soda. (Note – this step only applies if your car has a fabric interior.)
Shampoo your carpet – Use carpet shampoo to clean the carpet in your home. You may also want to rent a Shop-Vac from a local provider to vacuum afterwards. For cars with a leather interior, you’ll want to use a leather cleaner and conditioner to clean your car’s interior. This helps to preserve the life of the leather while keeping your vehicle clean. After you’re finished cleaning, you can use a vacuum from a local car wash or gas station to vacuum the car’s interior.
Use distilled vinegar – Vinegar has long been lauded for its odor-eliminating abilities. If you still find that the smoke smell lingers after cleaning, pour distilled vinegar in cups and place them around your house and car (when it’s parked!) to absorb the scent.
Use odor eliminating spray or candles – If all else fails, or if you simply want a supplementary method for removing cigar smell, use a quality air freshener or scented candle to eliminate the scent. Both Scent Bomb Air Fresheners and BCP Smoke Odor Eliminator Candles are specifically designed to remove smoke odors rather than simply mask them.
Bonus tip – Avoid leaving your cigar out in the open when you’re finished smoking. Instead, dispose of the butt in a sealed container. If you’re the type that likes to save partial cigars for re-lighting, use a cigar case to store your half-smoked stogie.
When all is said and done, getting rid of cigar smell is much easier than some make it out to be. With the right tools and a bit of effort, you’ll be well on your way to a fresher smelling home or car.
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