Tobacco smoke is a persistent odour that becomes particularly unpleasant when it “cools.” People who spend time in a space that smells like tobacco can be bothered by this smell, and these nauseating fumes can seep into their clothes (and sometimes even their skin). How can you remove cigarette odours in a car? Here are a few ideas to help you make your interior fresh and breathable again.
Cleaning It Yourself
When it comes to cigarette odour removal, do you prefer to clean your car yourself? Here are several solutions that are more or less natural, depending on your needs and expectations.
Cleaning the Entire Cabin With Synthetic Products
To eliminate cigarette odours, you’ll have to clean the seats and carpets thoroughly, as well as the windows, air ducts, and plastics. For this, you can opt for cleaning products designed for this purpose. In big box stores or specialty stores, you’ll find shampoos for seats and carpets, cleaners and deodorizers for plastics, and cleaning liquids for the windows.
Don’t forget to air out your car after applying all these products, especially if you have young children or if you’re pregnant.
To avoid any risk associated with the use of synthetic products and to protect the environment, you can also opt for natural products.
Cleaning the Entire Cabin with Natural Products
It’s quite possible to clean your car with natural products to eliminate tobacco odours. To do this, you can absorb the unpleasant fumes coming from the car seats and carpets with baking soda. Sprinkle some baking soda on all the porous areas of your cabin, then scrub them with a brush, a cloth, or your hand (using circular movements). Let it sit for at least 30 minutes, then vacuum twice. Note that the more you let the baking soda work, the more effectively it will absorb the bad smells. However, avoid using baking soda on wet areas, as this may leave white rings behind.
Water and vinegar, meanwhile, is ideal for cleaning the windows and plastics. Finally, don’t hesitate to place a small piece of activated charcoal in the cabin; this is extremely absorbent and is therefore frequently used as a natural deodorizer.
Empty and Clean the Ashtray
This might seem obvious, but we don’t always think to empty the ashtray when cleaning a car. Empty it and clean it thoroughly with water and soap if it’s removable. If it’s built into the car, clean it with a damp sponge and a little dishwashing liquid. You can then place some charcoal, thyme, roasted coffee beans, or lavender inside the ashtray for a few days to completely eliminate the stale tobacco smell.
If the cigarette smell persists, you can consider replacing the air filter.
Call in a Professional
These tips often prove effective but remain inconvenient and require long hours (not to mention that it’s necessary to be able to air out the car and to have a power source near the vehicle). If you really want to achieve satisfactory results, you’ll also have to remove the seats in order to access the carpets located beneath them. For all these reasons, relying on a professional is an inexpensive and extremely effective alternative that will save you valuable time. The result will be optimal, because the cigarette smell will remain completely neutralized.