When someone smokes constantly, they are not usually aware of the smell of cigarette smoke they leave behind. In a car, this bad smell becomes even more concentrated, making the smells much more unpleasant and generating dirt and bad odours everywhere due to nicotine.
In this blog post we give you a few tips and tricks to help you get rid of the smell of cigarette smoke from your car. We also give you some ideas to get rid of any smoke smells from other areas such as your hands or your clothes. What are you waiting for? Ready to smell clean?
Best tricks to remove the smell of tobacco from the car
Cleaning the Ashtray
Cigarette butts produce a more penetrating aroma than the smoke itself, so get in the habit of emptying and cleaning your car's ashtray daily. You wont get rid of the smoke smells if you don't wash it well with soap and water, give it a good clean.
Another simple homemade trick is to fill the ashtray with ground coffee, an excellent remedy to counteract bad smells and create a pleasant scent on your house or car.
Cat litter and charcoal absorb odours
A small bowl of kitty litter or a small bag of charcoal, can absorb a lot of the smell from inside the car. Both are considered durable eco-friendly products that absorb moisture and odours in the air. Simply leave a small, clean bowl for a minimum of two hours to help get rid of the smoke smell.
The good thing about using charcoal for this trick is that it absorbs toxins and will help clean the air. As well as helping to get rid of the smell of tobacco from your car, it will also purify the air in your house or car.
Vinegar and Baking Soda
The nicotine in tobacco smoke permeates the upholstery of the entire interior of the vehicle: floor mats, steering wheel, seats, roof, walls, doors. An infallible trick to do a deep clean and remove all traces of smoke is to make a mixture of vinegar and baking soda.
Mix the vinegar and baking soda solution in a small bowl as follows: 1 litre of water, 1 glass of white vinegar and 1 teaspoon of baking soda. Soak a cloth in the solution, wring it out, and just wipe the upholstery in a circular motion cleaning all surfaces.
How to remove the smell of tobacco smoke from clothes?
Avoid mixing clothes that smell of smoke with other clothing that belongs to children or other members of the house. We also suggest letting clothes air for a few hours prior to washing or soaking them in a mixture of water and white vinegar to eliminate the smoke particles still attached to the fabric.
Once aired or pre washed, wash your clothes as normal with your usual detergent, either by hand or in the washing machine. If the label of the garment allows it, it is best to use hot water which always aids cleaning and allow clothes to air dry.
What about hands?
If you smoke very frequently, the smell of tobacco may already be impregnated on your fingers.
A good trick to remove the smell of tobacco from your hands is to squeeze two lemons into a small bowl and put your fingers in for 5 minutes. After this, rinse well with water and exfoliate your hands with olive oil and sugar, this will remove any damaged skin and help fade any stains. Finally, moisturise with your usual hand cream.