How can I remove smoke odor from the air in the house after I've started a fire in the fireplace and the house filled with smoke?
By Carolyn from Pittsburgh
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!
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!
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How do I remove smoke smell from my home?
By Jeff from Phoenix, AZ
This website will give you the answers: http://www.ehow.com/how_5254169_remove-smoke-smell-house.html (02/28/2010)
If the website is good for you, it is the best way.
Just so you know however, the smoke smell is only because it has saturated a substance like the walls, carpeting, and furniture.
If you have any glass pictures, you can go to them now and wipe them with a damp cloth. If they come out brown or orange, you have the nicotine everywhere.
There is a product called TSP, which is tri sodium phosphate. It is amazing for cleaning walls and other surfaces that have been left behind from people who smoke. Follow the directions and you won't be sorry.
Cleaning the carpeting will do wonders, since it is the more porous of all the surfaces.
Good luck, there is nothing worse than that smell! (03/02/2010)
Easy. Set dishes out on the floor, under furniture, on top of dressers, etc. that are filled with white vinegar (don't use cider vinegar or cider-flavored vinegar). White vinegar absorbs the smell from everything.
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)