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Old 07-17-2006, 06:11 PM
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Is it actually possible to get rid of smoke smell in a car that's been smoked in? Last time I was in it, there was a distinct smell. I want to know if the smell can actually be removed or if I'll always smell smoke in it. It does have leather seats, so the smell should only be in the carpet and headliner.

Can it be done?
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Old 07-17-2006, 06:31 PM
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You need to get an ionizer (sp).

Plus I found these online.

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Vanilla Works

Use vanilla extract. Put a large amount on a piece of rag and throw it under the car seat. It will draw the odor into the rag. When it starts smelling again, use more vanilla. It works!
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Fabreeze is Fabulous

I went through the same thing when my daughter borrowed my car for a week. I could not get the odor out until a lady at the car wash told me to get Fabreeze. I sprayed it on seats, upper liner, floorboards, etc. and it really worked.
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Try Vinegar!

I suggest placing a bowl of vinegar in the car overnight, possibly for several nights. Once the smell is gone, I recommend putting a dryer sheet under both front seats for additional deodorizing.

My parents also stored a box of apples in their car that was purchased from a smoker one week, as the garage was colder. Not only did the smoke smell disappear, but the car smelled wonderfully of apples!
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It's Not Just For Breakfast

I remember someone saying that coffee grounds will absorb the smoke smell. (Just make sure not to get them wet.) Let it sit over night or as long as you can and then vacuum it out. Hope that helps!
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A Real Nok-Out

You might try Nok-Out. It converts odors by oxidation to a substance that has no odor. http://www.nokout.com

Using a clean air-intake filter of your air conditioning system, dampen the entire surface of the filter with NOK-OUT. Replace filter as usual. Repeat daily for one week.

With the engine running, spray NOK-OUT into the ventilation system (at the base of the windshield). Turn the air circulation on high with all windows closed, run for a full 5 minutes. Open windows and continue running the fan for 5 minutes.
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Cinnamon Delight

I'm not sure if this will help, but I've been enjoying it myself for several weeks.

Mix together the cheapest apple sauce and cheapest cinnamon that you can find. Mix them together until you have a really thick glob (like really thick bread dough). It will take about 1/2 cup apple sauce and 1/4 cup cinnamon. Roll it around to mix. Put it in an old small margarine tub. Punch a few holes in the top with a pen, then stick it under the seat in your car.

This is the same recipe used to make cinnamon Christmas ornaments. I took some of the stuff with me in the car and it rolled under a seat. When the heat kicks in, or the car has been sitting in the sun, the whole car has a great cozy cinnamon smell to it.
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Charcoal is the Answer

Try leaving an open bag of charcoal in the car overnight with all the windows up, of course. It might take several attempts to remove all of the lingering smell.
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Baking Soda Works Well

Sprinkle baking soda on the car seats and carpet. Let this sit a couple of days if possible. Meanwhile, be sure to sit on a sheet while driving. Vacuum thoroughly.

If the smell remains, keep a couple of the spillproof boxes of Arm & Hammer Baking Soda on the floor of the car out of the way so they don't get trampled. Also put a new dryer sheet under the car seat to cover the smell.
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OdoBan Will Do the Job

Go to Sam's Club and buy some OdoBan and follow the directions. You may have to do it a couple of times, but it does work.
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Absolutely Try Ammonia

Put a glass half full of ammonia or Windex in the car each night for about a week. It should suck the order from the carpet and seats.
Jenn in Shelton, WA

Homemade Solutions

I've always been told that placing an unused dryer sheet under the bucket seats is a good alternative to the 'Piney Tree'. Another thought would be to do a frugal detailing job. A vinegar rinse for anything without cloth, and a carpet sprinkle for the upholstery and carpets.
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Cat Liter Surprise

Wash the carpeting with carpet cleaner, wipe down the entire interior with cleaner like Armor All and then get cat liter. Put the cat litter (about 1 or 2 cups) in a pie pan and leave it there for about a week. Change the litter and go another week. This should take care of the odor.
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Apple to Keep the Odor Away

Try placing a cut up apple in a cup to get rid of the odor. Let the apple sit in the car until it starts to shrivel.
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Old 07-17-2006, 07:04 PM
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You forgot dynamite.

You'll never get the smell out. We've tried it all in the bodyshop business. Nothing works...except maybe taking up cigar smoking yourself.
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Old 07-18-2006, 12:55 AM
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Run an ozoneator in the car overnight with the windows close and that will completely remove the smell. While you are at it, you should also run the climate control fan for an hour or so to remove the smell from that system as well.
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Where do I get an ozoneator? I had a Fresh Air machine I put in my dads car when we were borrowing it last year. It seemed to work. However, I don't have that machine anymore.

Kingair,

Some of those ideas look like they might work. Putting charcoal in it after shampooing the carpets might work.
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Old 07-18-2006, 03:54 PM
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You'd be surprised what leaving the windows open does for you. Clean off all the surfaces with Simple Green or, something. Febreeze is also helpful. It will come out.
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neckbone - 7/18/2006 3:20 PM

Where do I get an ozoneator?
Being in the insurance business I assume that you work closely with local fire and water restoration companies? They have em' and if you send them enough business........I mean they will probably rent you one.
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Old 07-18-2006, 08:32 PM
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Shag - 7/18/2006 4:58 PM

neckbone - 7/18/2006 3:20 PM

Where do I get an ozoneator?
Being in the insurance business I assume that you work closely with local fire and water restoration companies? They have em' and if you send them enough business........I mean they will probably rent you one.
Shag, I can't believe I didn't think about that.
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Old 07-19-2006, 11:39 PM
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DO NOT EVEN BOTHER WITH THE OZONATOR!!!!! They SEEM to work while running. No long term effect. Been there, done that on a fire damaged boat. NO LONG TERM EFFECT AT ALL!
just my 2¢, your results may vary.
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Old 07-20-2006, 06:08 AM
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The smell is in the AC evaporator. I use a bottle of new car smell I got a Wally world. About a bottle a month. Spray with AC on full...MAX-non recirc mode-windows up. Can still smell smoke on rainy damp days. Maybe a bottle of water/charcoal dust??? My AC intake is under passenger dash and cowl. Near the floor as is most. I like Febreeze for the fabric-headliner-carpets.
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Old 07-20-2006, 10:12 AM
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Earlier in the year I had rented a car for the old family vacation. About an hour after I picked it up, and the cherry flavored masking agent the rental company used to hide the smoke smell wore off, I knew I had to try something. Used about a half a bottle of Fabreze on the car, wiped everything down, and left the windows down. At least made it tolerable. Of course after the car would be sitting all day in the FL sun, when you'd open the doors up, you still new it was there, but again, not as bad as it could have been. Some of the other ideas sound pretty good too.

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I have to admit that I've never tried an ozoneator on a fire damaged boat, but I have used them on smoked in vehicles......seems to work pretty good in my books.

edit:
Actually when I think of it, cleaning fire damage smoke smell from a boat would be a tough one to deal with.....dampness has a nasty way about itself and a residue film is a residue film.
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