S.A. asks from Fort Worth, TX on February 12, 2009
How to Get Rid of Smoke Smell?
Last night we left some potatoes boiling, which we thought we turned off, to go pick up the kids. When we returned the kitchen was full of smoke. Thank God that was it. We aired out the house the windows in the kitchen have been open since then the fans are on and we have fabreezed,oust,and arm & hammer smoke buster,scented candle, all day today. We have a birthday party on Saturday and the house still smells like camp fire and worse. Any suggestions will help.
P.M. answers from Dallas on February 16, 2009
Put out several tubs of baking soda. It absorbs all kinds of smells. I use this after I have painted and it really works.
J.S. answers from Dallas on February 13, 2009
S. - the very best thing is a fragrance lamp or lampe bergere. I have one and I absolutely love it. The oil you use in it is alcohol based and it literally cleans the air of bacteria and anything else. In case you don't know what they are....you can purchase one at Kirklands for around 20.00 and the oil is around 10.00. The oil will last you for a while because you only put a small amount in the lamp. It has a wick with a stone on the top of the lamp and after putting in the oil and the wick you light the stone and let it flame for a few minutes and it heats up the stone and you blow out the flame. The lamp sends out the aroma and burns without a flame. My favorite fragrance is lavender fields at Kirklands. It sort of reminds me of Polo. If you just let it burn for a few hours it will clean out the odor and it's good for the air also. Be sure you don't touch the stone because it will be firey hot. You will love it!
B.W. answers from Dallas on February 13, 2009
Hey, S.. Ok, all of that smell good stuff can just mask the problem. Unless it has a cleaning agent in it, it won't last on the odor. Lysol is one that would help, fresh air, which you are doing. It's a bit hard while the humidity is so high right now, but still a wise choice. Vinegar is the best solution to most cleaning and odor problems. Dog urine, smoke smell, cleaning dentures, bathtubs... if you can use vinegar on a surface, use it to clean. The residue from the smoke has attached on to items in your house. Mostly the ones closest to the source. I would clean the kitchen with a white vinegar and water solution, along with any other surface affected by the odor, and spray good ole Lysol on all of the other surfaces, like fabrics, that have the odor. No, vinegar doesn't smell good, but it goes away fast. Trust me. I had a doberman-pitt mix and he would take elephant pees on my carpet and I tried everything. I poured white vinegar on the spot to saturate it, and it goes through the carpet and gets it all, let it sit for a bit and soak up what you can. It worked so well, I couldn't believe it.
Just try it!! Hope it goes well. Go easy on the smell good stuff. It can really make allergies act up!
R.H. answers from Dallas on February 13, 2009
we always had good luck leaving out bowls of vinegar all over for a day or so.
K.A. answers from Amarillo on February 15, 2009
Put some vinegar in a glass or cup and leave it sitting around for a while to absorb the smell.
L.P. answers from Amarillo on February 13, 2009
There is going to be like a oil soot on your cabinets, vent hood things like that. I burned eggs I was boiling once and I took Pinesol and mixed in a spray bottle and wiped everything down including the floors. Now I use the new multipurpose cleaner with mr clean on the label that has fabreeze in it. If you have curtains in the kitchen they will have it in there also gonna have to wash them. If you own a steam cleaner I put half downey and half water in the chemical dispenser and do my carpets when we are expecting company makes the whole house smell like fresh laundry, Good Luck
S.L. answers from Dallas on February 13, 2009
I have done this too but with burnt toast. I had a strong insense those that you can't really stand that worked for a few hours after it had burnt out. But what really worked was time.
Keep opening windows for hourse at a time.
E.C. answers from Dallas on February 13, 2009
Try keeping windows open all day, and also give this a whirl:
Get your mop bucket and mix about two gallons hot water with about a cup of white vinegar and 1/4 cup baking soda. Then, wipe down your walls.
I know, it is a pain, but get a new mop head for the job and it will be over quickly.
Also, be sure to wash any curtains or fabric that might have been in the path of the smoke.
L.T. answers from Dallas on February 13, 2009
Put out bowls of coffee grinds. it is a natural deodorizer