Surviving A House Fire: 3 Tips For Eliminating The Stink

Posted on: 8 October 2015

House fires aren't always a disaster; however, they are never enjoyable. If your house has suffered from a fire, your home probably smells like a campfire—even if all of the soot is eliminated. Fortunately, you don't have to live with that smell. Here are three tips to help you eliminate the smell of smoke in your home:

1. Try Charcoal

It might sound a little odd, but charcoal is fantastic for neutralizing odors. You don't need any fancy or expensive charcoal. You can use plain old charcoal that you would use in a barbecue. Just make sure you don't purchase charcoal that is ready to light, as gasoline will not help with the smell.

To use the charcoal, simply place it into some tins and place those around the house. Let them sit for several hours and replace as needed. The charcoal will absorb the odor and neutralize it. If you want to remove the smoke smell from clothing or fabrics, try placing some charcoal into a bag with the items that smell. Let them sit, closed up, for a few days.

2. Use Vinegar

Another way to neutralize the smell of smoke is to use vinegar. Vinegar has a strong odor, and it's a natural antiseptic, so it will help to get rid of the smell. Another benefit is that it's cheap and most people already have it in their homes.

If you want to use vinegar, place it into a bowl. Sit the bowl in the affected area and let it sit. Replace the vinegar every few hours, until the smell is gone. If you don't want to leave bowls of vinegar around, dampen a towel with the mixture and let it sit. If you don't like the smell of vinegar, consider pairing this technique with an air freshener.

3. Hire a Professional Restoration Company

Finally, consider hiring a professional restoration company. Removing the smell of smoke from a house fire can be very difficult, even if it was just a small fire. Restoration companies have the tools necessary to eliminate the smell quickly and permanently. Typically they use an ozone machine; however, they may use additional tools to help eliminate the offensive smell.

Eliminating the smell of smoke after a house fire is no easy task. However, you can try to help get rid of the smell on your while you wait for a restoration company to do more thorough restoration..