how to get rid of cigarette smell in car

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Many of us have been in this situation where no matter how hard we try, we just can’t remove smoke smell from our cars. This is especially true when the car interior has been exposed to cigarette smoke for years.

Whether you used to smoke or you bought a used car or you got the car due to the passing of a relative, the smell of cigarette smoke is driving you insane.

We’re going to let you in on our best secrets..

In this post, we will go over in detail, how you can effectively get rid of smoke smell from your car.

Follow along as we go step-by-step from the simpler techniques to the more complicated ones.

HOW TO GET CIGARETTE SMELL OUT OF CAR’S CARPET AND UPHOLSTERY

Removing the smoke smell from upholstery and carpet requires different care from leather. To get smoke smell out of a car, you will need baking soda and a vacuum. Then, follow these steps:

  1. Vacuum the carpet and upholstery as thoroughly as possible. Make sure you get under the seats and in between the crevices as well since old ash could be sitting in those areas.
  2. Next, sprinkle baking soda all over the upholstery and the carpet, and let it sit for a while. The baking soda is an odor neutralizer and captures unpleasant scents.
  3. After the baking soda has sat for some time, take the vacuum and clean it up. If you notice that the scent is still lingering, sprinkle small amounts of baking soda to help remove the scent further. If you choose, you can also leave an open box of baking soda in your vehicle overnight to help absorb the smell.

OTHER METHODS ON HOW TO REMOVE SMOKE SMELL

While baking soda has been a proven option to help you easily remove the smoke smell and other obnoxious odors from your vehicle’s interior, there are several other ways you can continue to keep your vehicle at its best. These include:

  • Airing out your vehicle with the windows down on a clear breezy day
  • Wiping down your seats and interior with dryer sheets
  • Leaving a small bowl of coffee grounds in the car to soak up the smoke smell
  • Boiling a few cinnamon sticks and placing them in a travel mug to cool and clean the air in your vehicle
  • Keeping open citrus peels like lemons, oranges, limes, and grapefruit to cleanse the smoke smell in your car

HOW TO REMOVE THE SMOKE SMELL FROM LEATHER AND TRIM

The smell of smoke can also penetrate into the leather, which can leave a residue on the other surfaces.

  1. In order to remove the smell from leather and trim, you will need a cleaner specifically formulated for those specific surfaces. For example, use a cleaner that’s made for leather or for your car’s dashboard.
  2. Clean the surfaces multiple times, as the smoke smell can get deep within the surface of leather and trim. Multiple cleanings can ensure you’ve fully removed the scent and the residue left behind.

WHAT ABOUT OTHER AREAS IN YOUR CAR?

After you have cleaned your upholstery, carpet, and trim, it’s time to clean other surfaces in your vehicle. Wipe down your windows, the front and back windshield, and replace the air filter in your car, since the smell of smoke can also get into the air vents. The smoke residue can linger on these surfaces, creating a foul smell.

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