Brainerd Area News | Mike Shermak

How to Get the Smell of Smoke Out of Your House


The Lakes Area is smoky. Why? You can blame Canadian wildfires.

The smoke isn’t all bad. It has made for some beautiful images like the one below, shared on Facebook by Ryan Windisch.


There is one major downside: the smell. I would assume that you didn’t plan on having your house smell like you had a bonfire in the kitchen, unless maybe you did, in which case this has probably been a wonderful experience for you. As for the rest of us, we are wondering how to get the smell out of our house. Here are a few ways:

  1. Purchasing an air purifier. I have one of these and it is fantastic. My asthma requires an environment with clean air, and when the smoke arrives, I put this little machine to work.
  2. Light a candle OR spray an air freshener. DON’T do both at the same time. When smoke gets bad at my house, lighting a candle does the trick. I also sometimes use this air freshener, because it has a gentle smell that doesn’t add to the harsh smokiness at all.
  3. Wipe down surfaces. Your tables, countertops, coffee tables, and even chairs are holding some of the smell. Wipe these down as soon as the smoke lifts in order to freshen up your house. Don’t be afraid to try vacuuming off your furniture, and you will be surprised how quickly the smell disappears.
  4. Wash your clothes! This one might seem obvious, but if you wear a jacket/pair of jeans every day, then you are carrying the smoky smell into the next day. Throw them in the wash for the night and be amazed!

Well, that’s all that your neighborhood 22 y/o guy has for household advice, now I’m wondering what YOU do to eliminate the smell from YOUR house? Let me know at The Powerloon’s Facebook!