Cigarette is made from fine tobacco leaves wrapped and rolled in a thin paper to form a cylinder. We all know that smoking is dangerous to our health. Many countries around the world put warning message on tobacco packages. The purpose of the warning message is to educate people on the harmful effects of cigarette.
For non-smokers, you may be puzzled or had a hard time understanding why other people smoke even if they know the health risks involved. The effect of smoking on human health is very serious.
So, what is in a cigarette? According to American Lung Association, there are about 600 ingredients in cigarettes and there are over 4000 chemicals produced when the cigarette is burned. 50 of those chemicals are known poisonous and can cause cancer.
When you are a cigarette smoker, it is very hard to get rid of the cigarette smell from your clothes or your house. This is due to the variety of chemicals from the cigarette. Since the smell coming from the cigarette is in smoke form, it can easily seep through the clothing, lampshades, curtains, furniture, bedspreads, rugs, carpets, flooring, walls, etc.
There are ways of eliminating cigarette smell from your house. They range from natural chemicals to air purifiers. These include:
Vinegar has been used by ancient people for thousands of years. It is very famous as a condiment and food ingredient. Vinegar is an acid created from ethanol fermentation. What gives the vinegar its acidic taste is the fact that its key ingredient is acetic acid.
The acetic properties of vinegar make it perfect as household cleaner and odor eliminator.
What cause cigarette smell are the leftover tars and resins from smoking. Known for its acetic property, vinegar will remove those leftovers from a variety of surfaces and some fabrics. The steps on how to remove cigarette odors with vinegar can be found here.
Due to its cleaning power, vinegartips.com compiled 1001 uses for white distilled vinegar.
2. Cleaning the carpet or rug
If you bought a house from a heavy smoker, there is a big chance that leftovers from the cigarette have accumulated in the carpet. What you should do is to clean the carpet immediately because the longer the cigarette smell stays in your carpet, the harder it is to remove.
There are 5 steps in deep cleaning and deodorizing your carpet using laundry detergents according to Mel Frank, who completed a wide variety of writing assignments for a number of publications that include CNN and various websites.
3. Baking Soda
Baking soda also called sodium bicarbonate or bicarbonate of soda is a famous chemical salt commonly used as a leavening agent in baking. What makes the baking soda effective in removing cigarette smell is its action of neutralizing the scent molecules.
You can dust the furniture, beddings and carpets with baking soda powder and then leave it there to settle for 3 to 5 hours or overnight. When the powder absorbed enough smell, you can easily use the vacuum cleaner to clean it up.
4. Curtains and Furniture need to be cleaned
Curtains are used to control the light and insulation of the house. Curtains and furniture in our house are mostly made of cloth. Cloth has a lot of tiny holes that can easily let the air pass through and filter larger particles like from the cigarette. Because of that, cigarette smell can easily cling into the cloth.
You can remove the cigarette smell or any other odor by following these 8 simple steps on how to remove smoke smell from curtains by Jesse Gunther.
For cleaning the furniture, Isaiah David posted instructions on how to remove smoke smell from furniture.
5. Air Purifiers
According to allergyescape.com, there are 6 types of air purifier technology available today. These are HEPA, Ionizer, Ultra violet lamp, Carbon filter, Ozone generators, and Purifying hydroxyl radicals air purifier.
Based on the chart, only the Ionizer, Carbon filter, and Ozone generator type air purifiers can remove cigarette smoke. For odors like cigarette smells, only Carbon filter and Ozone generator can get rid of it.
Carbon Air Purifiers – this type of air purifiers use activated carbon as air filter to adsorb odors and bond to the carbon.
Ozone Air Purifiers – this type of air purifiers use highly reactive oxidant ozone that breaks down substances in the air and turning them into other materials. But there is a safety precaution you should take before using these types of air purifiers.