How to Eliminate the Smell of Second-Hand Smoke

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How to Eliminate the Smell of Second-Hand Smoke

Staff Writer · Mar 18, 2010

Second hand smoke is a respiratory irritant as the chemicals in the lingering smoke can irritate the delicate linings and membranes of the nose, lungs and windpipe. If the substance is allowed to stand in the air over any length of time, illnesses, such as respiratory tract infections or pneumonia can develop. The chemicals in the gaseous substance are also carcinogenic, which can be an ultimate risk to one’s health and comfort. To neutralize the odor and reduce its unhealthy effects then, it’s important to keep the air circulating in the areas where it’s present so it will dissipate. If there is a smoker in your family, the first thing you’ll need to do is to designate a spot in or outside the house that can be relegated for smoking.

Set Aside a Room or Spot for any Smokers in Your House

To reduce the effects and odor of second hand smoke, you’ll need to appropriate a space in or outside your house where you or the smokers in your family can smoke. If a spot is chosen inside, make sure windows are open in that part of the house and that you make use of room deodorizers as well.

Use Activated Charcoal to Neutralize Odors and Reduce the Smell

One of the best neutralizers and room deodorizers for getting rid of the smell of second hand smoke is activated charcoal, which is also used in many water and air purification systems. You can find the substance at a reasonable price at a number of of places, such as pet stores and industrial supply stores. Place the charcoal on damp ashtrays and leave it overnight in rooms where second hand smoke smell is a problem. You can further reduce the odor as by placing bowls of vinegar around the house on a routine basis.

Scrub your Walls and Ceilings and Paint Them

Once you set up a room for the smokers in your house, you can set your sights on scrubbing the walls and ceilings of the rooms where they once smoked. Scrub the walls and ceilings with mild soap and water and follow up with a fresh coat of paint. In the smoking room, make it a habit to scrub the ceilings and walls every two months and apply a fresh coat of paint once a year.

Use an Air Purifier

Purchase the best air purifier you can afford to eliminate second hand smoke and keep the air free from the odor. An air purifier is a good investment for anyone in your family who is not only allergic to second hand smoke but also suffers from pollen or has allergic reactions to dust or airborne mites.

Have your Carpeting Professionally Cleaned

In addition to cleaning and painting your walls and ceilings, you’ll also want to have the carpeting in your home professionally cleaned. Keep the smell under control as well by generously sprinkling baking soda on your rugs on a routine basis and leaving it on them overnight before vacuuming them.

Second hand smoke can be controlled and eliminated by following a regular routine of cleaning, using activated charcoal as well as an air purifier to absorb the pollutants in your home. Make sure you have adequate ventilation as well. By following the above measures, you can reduce the effects of second hand smoke as well as reduce allergies too.

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