How do you get cigarette smell out of a car?

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  1. Paul Edmondson profile imageSTAFF
    Paul Edmondsonposted 5 years ago

    How do you get cigarette smell out of a car?

    I have a cigarette smell in my car that I want to get out. Is there anything I can do to get the smell out?

  2. PegCole17 profile image94
    PegCole17posted 5 years ago

    Hi Paul,
    You can try putting the air conditioning on recirculate and then spray a quantity of Ozium with the a/c running.  It may not completely remove the odor but it will improve on the smell.

    1. Paul Edmondson profile imageSTAFF
      Paul Edmondsonposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      I'm going to try it.  Thank you for the tip!

    2. PegCole17 profile image94
      PegCole17posted 5 years agoin reply to this

      You are welcome. You can find Ozium spray at Auto Zone or in WalMart.
      PS It's an old Hippie remedy. LOL

  3. hardlymoving profile image97
    hardlymovingposted 5 years ago

    Unfortunately smoke residue will cling onto all interior parts where a slight brown film may be present.  I use a spray degreaser that goes for $1 @ Dollar Tree that works better than well know commercial brands.  Using a lot of white used cotton towels, spray, wipe and rub everything down including your windows, seats and floor mats.  A light spray is all that is needed.  Repeat and keep turning over your towels.  You can monitor your progress by looking at what the white towel picked up. 

    For your heating and ventilation ducts, mix any ammonia product diluted with water (I prefer Pine Sol) and spray into your vents.  Also spray into the intake vents outside your car usually below the windshield wipers.  This will also help eliminate any mold build up. 

    If your car is so equipped,  replace the Cabin (A/C) Air Filter with a new filter that is charcoal impregnated.   This filter is probably the most neglected maintenance item on all cars I've worked on.  They're good for around 3 years/30k miles with most people not knowing they even have one to replace.

    Lastly, thoroughly clean your ash tray.

  4. stricktlydating profile image85
    stricktlydatingposted 5 years ago

    Try wiping the interior with a moist cloth and a few drops of peppermint oil, your car will smell lovely and fresh for a week!

    1. Paul Edmondson profile imageSTAFF
      Paul Edmondsonposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      I'll try after the Ozium. Thanks!

  5. Pamela N Red profile image85
    Pamela N Redposted 5 years ago

    You really can't get it out that's why I never purchase a used car from someone that has smoked inside. It permeates the foam seats, gets in the ventilation system as well as carpet and headliner. There will always be a lingering odor of cigarette smoke no matter how much you clean.

    1. Paul Edmondson profile imageSTAFF
      Paul Edmondsonposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      I couldn't tell when I first purchased the car, but I think it was lightly smoked in.  I'm hoping I can get it out or at least cover it.  But, I agree on avoiding cars that have been smoked in.

  6. CraftytotheCore profile image80
    CraftytotheCoreposted 5 years ago

    I don't smoke.  I have asthma.  So I have a very sensitive nose to the smell.  I bought something at a yard sale one time and I didn't realize it smelled like smoke.  It was hard to tell outdoors.  I didn't notice until I got it home.  I would suggest Febreeze.

    You ever watch the tv series Fast and Loud?  They had some wax stuff for interior seats that are leather that could be used.  If the seats are fabric, febreeze might help.

    The dashboard and everything else can be wiped down with Lysol lemon scent.


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