How to Remove the Smell of Cigarettes from a Car

Whether you are a smoker or know one that frequents your vehicle, smoking inside a car can leave a strong and distinct smell that can really linger. If a time comes that you are required, or choose to, sell that vehicle, the smell may be enough to break a potential deal. Cigarette and cigar smoke in a car present a formidable odour ridding challenge, however with the right weapons at your disposal, they can be defeated.


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    Short Term

    In the short term, spraying an air freshener or your cologne/perfume in the car can mask the odour, however if your vehicle is regularly smoked in, these solutions will not be enough as the same old smells will return.

    Longer term solutions are outlined below.

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    White Vinegar

    Mix 1 part white vinegar and 2 parts water together. Place the solution into a spray bottle and thoroughly spray the interior of the car. Roll up all windows and close the doors. Allow the car to sit in sunlight until the solution dries. This should take a few hours.

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    Baking Soda and Lemon

    Mix 6 tablespoons of baking soda with 2 cups of water. Add 6 table spoons of lemon juice (squeezed or bottled) and place the solution into a spray bottle. Spray the interior of the vehicle well and allow it to sit in the sun to dry. Ensure that all windows are up and doors closed.

    Lemon juice's citric acid works well at ridding the smoke smell.

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    Rubbing Alcohol

    Mix equal parts rubbing alcohol and water into a spray bottle. Spray the interior of your vehicle well and allow it to dry in sunlight for a few hours. Once again, ensure that all your doors and windows are closed.

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