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How-To: Remove Cigarette Odor From Wood Furniture


TeamSugar member linb recently wrote, "I acquired two wooden end tables from a friend who smokes, and unfortunately the stench came home with the tables. I'm hoping someone knows of a miracle product or trick that I can use to get rid of the smell."

I figured there may be more of you who need to remove cigarette odor for your wood furniture (inherited or not), so I've compiled a list of suggestions to make your wood furniture smell so fresh and so clean. To hear them,

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  • Wash with solution of white vinegar and hot water, and then air dry. Vinegar is a natural odor neutralizer, so it should get rid of the smell rather than simply covering the up. If you remember, it also played a part in my two latest How-Tos.
  • Fill the drawers or shelves with ground coffee, baking soda, or cat litter, and leave it for several days. Then place the furniture outside to air dry. Avoid direct sunlight, it may cause it to warp.
  • Mix 1/4 cup of Witch Hazel and a couple of squirts of dish soap. Take a very soft piece of steel wool and gently scrub the wood. Then, dip a rag in warm water and wipe up.
  • Wash with a mix of Murphy's oil soap and hot water.
  • Since smoking actually leaves a residue on all surfaces in your home, another suggestion, although more expensive, is to have it refinished by a professional.

If you have any other suggestions or experiences with removing cigarette odor from furniture, please leave a comment below.
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linb linb 9 years
Wow - I wrote that! I feel so special. I let the tables air out in my garage for a few days, and used the vinegar/water suggestion, and it worked like a charm! I read on another site to let a dish filled with vanilla extract sit inside the drawers for a few days - I may try that too - I love the smell of vanilla.
beingtazim beingtazim 9 years
eww. yuck. i don't know if i could bring it home.
leeapeea leeapeea 9 years
Thanks for the suggestion - this will be great with ebay/craigslist/flea market finds that *aren't* being refinished.
AmandaG AmandaG 9 years
PUT DRYER SHEETS IN THE DRAWERS AN ON THE SURFACE IN A FEW DAYS THE SHEETS TURN YELLOW, YUCK. BUT THE SMELL IS USUALLY GONE. THEN CLEAN IT LIKE YOU WOULD ANY PIECE OF INHERATED FURNITURE.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Ick.
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