By Carolyn from Pittsburgh
My kids was playing with the stove and threw some lit paper inside and now I have
black smoke not everywhere in my kichen, but only on the walls. How do I get that off?
What I have used is a half-filled quart jar with vinegar and sat it in the corner of the room & of course hidden from view. You will find that within a few days you will not smell any more smoke. I have used this is in the bathroom too 'where boys & men miss the potty' on the carpet causing the bath room to smell like a boys locker room. I have been known to place a 1/2 filled quart jar (wrapped in aluminum foil for decoration if wanted) of vinegar behind the toilet or in the tub behind a shower curtain and 'it' worked great .
Let us know what it is that you end up doing with this problem. I know I would be glad to know. Good luck!
If you get smoke from a fireplace into the house, then you are still using a pre-Neanderthal "fire in the corner of the cave" concept. Supply fresh outside air to the fire! Don't create a vacuum inside the house, that will suck smoke from the fireplace!
A simple metal 4" pipe angling down from the front of the fire box to just above the ash bucket outside will do the trick nicely. Cover the hole with a metal mosquito mesh screen, and for dumping the ashes, simply move that screen. You can put a butterfly valve into the air pipe to regulate air flow, or use a metal can lid over the hole.
Be aware, though, if you restrict the fresh air flow, the fireplace will suck warm air from the house, which will be replaced via cold drafts!
How do I remove smoke smell from my home?
By Jeff from Phoenix, AZ
Good luck, there is nothing worse than that smell! (03/02/2010)
If the vinegar evaporates before the smell is totally gone, just keep replacing the vinegar until it is all gone. You can wipe the smoke residue off your furniture and pictures, but the smell will be gone. I've done it. I know from having the inside of my apartment catch fire.
Even the insulation inside my stove was on fire and it smelled really bad! The apartment manager had the stove hauled out to my deck two days later, but in the meantime I set out about 16 containers filled with white vinegar. The cleaning company hired to repaint and restore everything I had, knocked at the door and asked if it was the apartment that had caught fire. I said "yes" so they walked in, but couldn't tell the difference between the odors in my apartment and ones that hadn't had a fire. I couldn't either. I didn't want repairs because I didn't need them and I have a very sensitive sense of smell.
The smell never returned. It doesn't matter what the smell is, it absorbs and neutralizes it wherever it is. You've got it made! (Thanks, mom!) (03/02/2010)
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