If you’re a smoker or one who spends considerable time around those who are, you are already aware of the staying power of cigarette smoke. Smoke clings to your hair and clothing and can be quite a problem, as this is considered a foul odor to many. Unfortunately, the best way to avoid this smelly problem is to stay away from smoke altogether. But if it’s simply unavoidable, there are several things you can do.
Keeping the Smell at Bay while in Public
Wear a coat while smoking so the odor will cling to it. This can help protect some of your clothing from carrying around the smell. If the coat has a hood, you can wear it to keep some of the smell out of your hair. A hat is good for this, too.
Wash your hands each time you smoke. The odor from the filter will stay on your fingers, so it helps to wash your hands each time. If you can’t wash your hands right away, carry hand sanitizer with you to remove the smell.
Carry a light body spray to help neutralize the odor after smoking. Spray a little on after each cigarette or if you notice the scent from being around smokers. Body sprays work better than perfumes because they aren’t as strong. Too much cologne or perfume can be just as offensive as the cigarette smell.
Chew gum so the smell doesn’t linger on your breath. A gum with a strong cinnamon flavor can help to cover up the smell.
Avoid heavily smoke-filled rooms if possible. Smoking outside affords the opportunity for the smoke to go somewhere other than on you. If you can, smoke away from the wind so the smoke will be carried away from you. Don’t stand too close to other smokers.
Getting Rid of the Smell at Home
Wash any clothes that carry the scent with a bleach-free laundry detergent and add a cup of white vinegar to the rinse cycle. Vinegar is great for killing off lingering odors.
Brush your teeth and use mouthwash. The nicotine can stain your teeth and create bad breath that no amount of mints and gum can get rid of.
Shower and wash your hair. Your hair traps a lot of odors and can hold on to cigarette smoke.
Empty ashtrays often. It helps to fill them with baking soda to help absorb the odor of cigarette butts. Put new baking soda in each time you empty the ashtray.
Avoid smoking in the house. The cigarette smoke will affect all of your clothing and possessions, making it harder to get rid of the smell.