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How do I get the smell of smoke out of the house?

Asked by 1_sherpa (34points) November 17th, 2009

I am housesitting for friends, and the bacon I was cooking in a toaster oven started a fire! The cabinets are seared, and the house reeks of smoke. I feel terrible.
How can I get the smoke smell out?

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rangerr's avatar

Fresh air.
Open windows and screen doors for a few hours.
Make sure you turn off the heat, though.

erichw1504's avatar

If they have ceiling fans, turn those on as well.

Foolaholic's avatar

Everything @erichw1504 and @rangerr said, and a little patience :)

erichw1504's avatar

Off topic… but, bacon in the toaster oven? Interesting… I’ve never thought of that.

1_sherpa's avatar

@erichw1504 = ) yes, I actually do it at home all the time. It’s great. No mess, and perfectly crunchy bacon.

erichw1504's avatar

@1_sherpa Really? No grease? Is it faster than frying it in the pan?

rangerr's avatar

I left the computer to get food, and had to come back to ask.
Are you staying at the house, or just making food there when you check in on it?
I’m not familiar with housesitting..

MrItty's avatar

@1_sherpa “great”, except when it starts a fire, apparently

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erichw1504's avatar

If I was housesitting, I’d have a lot more to clean up than smoke.

rangerr's avatar

@erichw1504 Right? I’d have a sea of cups to clean up.

CMaz's avatar

Bake a cake. Make some coffee.

erichw1504's avatar

@ChazMaz Just don’t put the cake in the frizzer.

rangerr's avatar

Even better: Bake us a cake.

MissAusten's avatar

Besides airing out the place, spray some Febreeze on carpets, curtains, soft, furniture, etc. It’ll help get the smell out of those things.

I always see these “smoker’s candles” at the checkout in Wal-Mart. They’re supposed to get rid of the smell of cigarettes. I wonder if they’d work on regular smoke smells? That’s assuming they work at all.

rangerr's avatar

When we moved into this house, my mom put trays of charcoal around the house to absorb the smoke smell from the previous owners.

arpinum's avatar

clean surfaces with diluted white vinegar. Its not enough to clean the air, the smoke is inside fabrics and other porous material.

PooperDood's avatar

Open a window.

1_sherpa's avatar

Thanks to all for the info. You all get cake.

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