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How Can I Get Cigarette Smell Out of a Stroller?

I just received a like new Bugaboo Cameloen stroller/bassinet from a friend and it stinks of cigarette smoke. The stroller was kept in their garage and they smoke in there, with the door closed. Unfortunately for me, I was unaware of this when I picked it up. I stored it overnight in my daughter's bathroom and was shocked when I went in to get it that the bathroom smelled like a bar! I have aired it out all day outside, I have tried Febreeze, I have tried Lysol. My next thought is vinegar. This is a gorgeous, very expensive stroller that I would really like to keep and get a lot of use out of. Any other suggestions?

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I read on Bugaboos website that the whole thing is easily removed and machine washable. It was quick and quite easy to take apart and throw in the washing machine. I added a little white vinegar to help knock out the smell. They advice not to throw it in the dryer so it is currently drying out in the shower. It smells pretty neutral now :)

Also, a member informed me that you can buy a complete new set of fabric for around $100. Thanks so much to all!

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I had a stinky dirty stroller as well, and one day i was sitting by my folks pool, and thought - hey, I wonder if i throw the stroller in the pool if it would clean it? Well it didn't only work but it looked brand new, especially after letting it dry in the sun. If you don't have access to a pool, mix some clorox with water, and spray the whole thing down then let it dry in the sun. You'll be amazed!!! L.

How about a baking soda and water solution??

Douse it and let it dry?

Good old fashioned airing out (Dilution is the solution to pollution :))
Hope something works free strollers are hard to find!

Nat

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Newspaper can help. We used it to get the smoke smell out of the fridge when we had a fire in our home and also used it for other smoke smells that you can really wash.

i used renuzit super oder neutralizer.... i borrowed a double stroller that was in a basement and smelled like cat pee/litter.... of course this was in the summer so i had the luxury of doing this outside.... but i first washed it with soap and water and let it dry in the sun.... then i soaked it with the renuizit spray and again let it dry in the sun... worked like a charm.

Vinegar will definitely knock the odor out, once it dries! Leave it outside or in a garage/basement for a couple of days. Vinegar is super CHEAP (or free is you already have some) and super effective!

most baby things are made to be washable. See if there is anyway to remove the fabric parts and wash them. We had to take apart our stroller and carrier to wash on occasion. Good luck!

I have a Bugaboo Cameleon that I have been using for almost 2 years. I love it and one of the reasons is the everything comes apart and is washable. Just don't put it in the dryer.
You can also order all new material for around $100. Good luck.

Hi, Jen,
I, too, am a non-smoker and hate when things arrive at my house full of the smell of cigarette smoke! Unfortunately, plastic seems to absorb and hold that particular smell. I would try scrubbing the entire thing (fabric included) with a mild bleach/soap solution (one that won't damage the material) and leaving it outside for a while. I find that fresh air (even winter air) does a lot for stinky things, especially with a good scrub!
I wonder if some type of baking soda solution would work, too, since baking soda is so good at absorbing odors...?
Good luck!
L.

I have family members that are smokers and on occasion I have left somthing in their home for a few weeks.
And OMG has it wreaked. What I have done is washed and scrubbed with a brush and detergent and let it air dry.
Sometimes it has required two cleanings so I do the same thing and then do a second scrubbing with a paste of baking soda.
I usually do this outside and rinse it with the hose.Using the sprayer nozzle is best .
I find the pressure helps in deep cleaning.And let it air dry as much as possible.
Put a towel over it with baking soda on top of the towel and it will help on absorbing anything left over.
A few fabric softener sheets can hurt in the lower part.
Enjoy your stroller those are really neat.
Just try not to put anything to toxic on it just because of the smell.I t can cause your daughter irritation on her skin when it comes in contact. Good Luck Roni

can the stroller be taken apart? i know when i had my 3rd child, my mom got me a double stroller at a yard sale. although it didnt smell like smoke, it was kept in a garage also and was pretty dirty. my mom took it apart for me and washed it. if it cant be taken apart, my only other suggestion would be to wait til spring, or at least a nice day and bring it outside with a hose, bucket of soapy water and a scrub brush. wash it, then leave it out in the sun. that usualy takes smells out! if its too cold to dry outside, try leaving it in the basement or something. of course you dont want it folded up to dry, so make sure you have a big space!! good luck!

as a last resort you could rent an ozone machine and put the stroller in a room with that running for a while....that's what hotels use to get out smoke....it even works to get skunk smell out of a house

Hi J.,
I have not seen what this particulalar stroller looks like, but I have had the same problem with other strollers. The best thing I have found to do, after doing all that you have done, is to take it apart. Most strollers have snaps on the fabric parts and the covers can be removed. Airing it out and Frebreezing it just wont cut it. Some strollers are real easy to do, and others take a little more work. I actually had to unscrew the material on a Graco stroller to get the cover off, but after I did that, and soaked it to get the dirt and smell off, and scrubbed it, it was worth it. It looked brand new. I didn't put it in the washer, just because I didn't want the padding to shift. If you need to, take upclose pictures of how it is put together so that when you take it apart, you can reassemble it. Maybe someone else has a better idea, but I know this worked for me. Good Luck!

I wouldn't take any chances with this at all. Either remove all the fabric and wash it in the machine or you can rent a carpet cleaning machine from home depot for $29. Then just clean it like you would the carpet with the hand nozzle.

go to this website... www.nilodor.com look up Nilosmoke this should help with eliminating the smoke odor rather than covering it up, you can also look at some of their products that contain enzymes, enzymes will eat the odor instead of covering it up. We sell this stuff to hotels that had a smoker when it was a non-smoking room. Good luck!!!

How frustrating! When I run into a smell problem one of the best solutions I've found is charcoal. It just seems to eat up the smell. Try enclosing the stroller in a closet with an open bag of charcoal. Hope this helps!

P.S. This will also work with skunk smell if your puppy goes exploring too much!

I hate the smell of smoke as well.
can you take it all apart and throw the fabric part in the washing machine? I know it is a pain but once you do that, it is like brand new. the rest of it you can clean with mr clean or something else.

There's a great product called Solumel which I use for so many things it would be hard to tell you all of them. However, it's a natural odor eliminator, degreaser & solvent. In it's diluted form, I spray it on to eliminate odors. I believe it would work great for you & also be helpful with any other cleaning needs that you have!

IF the weather were good, I would tell you to wash it in a safe cleanser and leave it in the hot sun to dry. I think it needs a deep cleaning maybe with a steam cleaner. Be careful that you don't keep using chemicals that will soak into the fabric and be somewhat nicer smelling but just as hazardous to keep breathing. Vinegar or a solution of water & baking soda would make sense. I assume that you can't take this apart and wash it in the washer, so maybe a hand held carpet cleaner would work. Definitely get it out of the house though - maybe the basement, or maybe someone has a shed that isn't completely freezing?

How about a baking soda and water solution??

Douse it and let it dry?

Good old fashioned airing out (Dilution is the solution to pollution :))
Hope something works free strollers are hard to find!

Nat

I had a stinky dirty stroller as well, and one day i was sitting by my folks pool, and thought - hey, I wonder if i throw the stroller in the pool if it would clean it? Well it didn't only work but it looked brand new, especially after letting it dry in the sun. If you don't have access to a pool, mix some clorox with water, and spray the whole thing down then let it dry in the sun. You'll be amazed!!! L.

My advice is similar to Heather R's. To get musty yucky smells out of books at the library, we enclose the books in a big plastic bag and place some cat litter (in a tray) on top. Leave it for a couple of days and check it. If there's still some smell, repeate the process with new litter. It usually does a great job on mildew/must. I'm not sure how it would do on cigarette smoke.

In a little spray bottle, mix water with 15-20 drops of tea tree oil, 5-10 drops of rosemary and 5 drops of lavender oil. Please use pure essential oils. Shake well, and mist on.

Definitely try the vinegar and if you can leave it outside...

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