How can I help get rid of smoke and damp odors in my home? I am still a smoker.
Charity from Harrodsburg, KY
Add one can of Real Coca-Cola (not sugar free) per load of wash to your machine for your clothes, draperies and other washables.
From a non-smoker's point of view, it doesn't matter what you do to remove the smell, unless you start smoking outside, the smell will always be there. You best bet is to prime your walls with a good primer, then paint them, that will take care of the smoke that's in the walls. You'll also have to wash your carpeting.
But you can avoid the whole mess by renting a simple machine. An Ozone machine. Just leave it running for most of a day and leave the house. When you return, there will be no more smoke smell. The ozone gets inside the walls, carpets, draperies, and upholstered furniture. It will remove the smell very quickly, like there's no tomorrow. I know! We had a house fire and the smoke permeated everything and the ozone machine they brought over got rid of every bit of the nasty smoke smell in 2 days. (It took 2 days because it was a large 5 bedroom, 3 bathroom, 2 story home). You can usually find Ozone Machines at your local rental store. If not, look in the yellow pages under "Fire". Also, buy a quality air freshener that works with ozone and air the house out as much as possible. (With doors and windows open) (12/24/2008)
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