Smoke is a tricky thing and if you’re not careful your whole house can end up smelling like your last campfire or barbecue, especially if you enjoy the action up close. (We’re looking at you, person who loves to poke the fire all night long.)</br></br>The funny thing is, it’s hard to tell just how much you smell like burnt tinder until it’s too late. By that time, you’re already in the house reclining on the couch and stinking it up in the process.</br></br>So, how do we get the smoky smells out?</br></br><strong>‘An Ounce of Prevention’</strong></br></br>They say it’s worth a pound of cure, and when it comes to smoke it’s definitely true. The easiest way to deal with such a pervasive smell is to avoid letting it in the house.</br></br>Obviously, that’s not always going to be possible, but you’ll do yourself a lot of favors by steering people away from your upholstered furniture and closets if they’ve spent any time tending the flame.</br></br>Also, make sure to store used grill items, charcoal and other smoky-smelling things away from furniture and carpeting in a well-ventilated area.</br></br><strong>A Smoky Bandit</strong></br></br>There are many different kinds of smoke: barbecue, campfire and cigarette smoke are most common. And, although addressing each can come with different difficulties, you can use similar methods to attack smoke odors.</br></br>Here’s a list of tactics, from least to most aggressive:</br></br><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Deodorizer:</span> Spray fresheners are an easy, low-impact solution that might work; or it might not. If your preferred brand has an antimicrobial option, you might find it works better than other types.</br></br><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Hot Water:</span> Washing clothing in hot water will definitely help if said clothing can tolerate a hot wash.</br></br><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Fresh Air:</span> Just airing things out by taking the smoke-scented items outside can help a lot.</br></br><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Dryer Sheets</span>: For clothing items, you can try stuffing them into a plastic bag with dryer sheets. It can work surprisingly well, but it always depends on the level of exposure.</br></br><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Charcoal & Baking Soda:</span> For upholstery and furniture, it can help to set bowls of charcoal and baking powder underneath the item to soak up odors.</br></br><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Carpet Cleaning Machine:</span> A carpet cleaner is probably your best bet for deodorizing super smoked-out upholstered furniture.</br></br><strong>Miscellaneous Smoke Damage</strong></br></br>Vinegar and water is a good go-to answer for odds and ends that smell smoky such as books, leather and wood. And, a light spritzing can also helped upholstered furniture, too. Mix equal parts warm water and white vinegar and rub it on items with a clean cloth.</br></br>We hope these tips help keep you smoke-free during barbecue season and beyond.