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How to Remove Cigarette Smoke From Automobiles

    • 1). Open all the doors of the car to air it out. Vacuum the headliner, using a hose and brush attachment on your vacuum cleaner or a hand vacuum. The headliner is the covering on your car's ceiling, usually made of foam and fabric or vinyl.

    • 2). Sprinkle deodorizing powder over the carpeting and upholstery. If you don't want a scented powder, you can use baking soda. Close the car doors and leave the powder to set for one hour.

    • 3). Open the doors again. Vacuum the car's floor and all upholstery thoroughly.

    • 4). Mix 1 cup of white vinegar with 1 cup of water in a spray bottle. Spray this over the interior of the windshield, where smoke haze often builds up. Wipe it clean with a soft cloth. Do the same for the dashboard, the interior of the side windows and the back window.

    • 5). Mist the headliner and upholstery with the vinegar and water spray. If the odor is very intense, you might need to mist the headliner several times with the vinegar solution. As cigarette smoke wafts up, smoke odor gets trapped in the headliner, especially one that is made of fabric.

    • 6). Place a bowl of vinegar in the car, close the doors and windows, and leave it there overnight. Alternatively, you can spray the interior down with a scented odor neutralizer before you retire for the evening. In the morning your car should smell much more fresh. If odor lingers, spray all surfaces with the vinegar and water solution or a commercial scented odor neutralizer once again.

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