How to Remove Fireplace Smoke Smell from House

Smoke odor coming from your fireplace can be very annoying and make your home stink.

To get rid of these annoying fireplace smoke odors, we have listed several steps and tips you can follow.

Important – If you’re in doubt or don’t know what to do, please consult a local professional chimney sweeper.

Cleaning Fireplace Smoke Odors

  1. Most of the odor in your fireplace comes from the ash. Using an ash shovel, remove the fireplace ash.
  2. Create a mix of 2 cups of white distilled vinegar and 1 gallon of water.
  3. Using a scrub brush and a cleaning rag clean inside and around the fireplace with the diluted vinegar. The vinegar naturally cleans the odors.
  4. Avoid using any flammable cleaners or sprays. Vinegar is our best option.
  5. When done cleaning with vinegar, place bowls of vinegar around the fireplace and allow it to sit overnight.
  6. If you hate the smell of vinegar, activated carbon also works.
  7. Allow the fireplace to dry out for overnight.
  8. Finally, buy a sweeping log and follow the directions on it.

The sweeping log will help get rid of the creosote in your chimney and any odors that it has too.

Here’s a video explanation of removing fireplace odors.

Supplies Needed

Break Down On Removing Fireplace Odors

A fireplace is an excellent place to operate if it smells good. You may not know that if your fireplace is not cleaned for a long time, it becomes a home to dirt and ash remains.

These residues become a problem and also a health hazard to you because they do not just cause unpleasant smell; they also cause bacteria to build up. Due to this, you must monitor and always clean your fireplace regularly.

During the cold season, you will use the fireplace more than any other time. It is, therefore, useful to take some time to clean up the fireplace during summer and immediately after the cold season. This will prevent the spreading of unwanted smells in the house.

If you are busy and you have no time to clean your fireplace, look for someone who can clean the fireplace for you at a reasonable price. Many cleaning companies can do the work for you professionally.

Use Vinegar To Clean Fireplace Walls

Most people use vinegar to remove any unwanted household odor, even the fireplace odors. You can try vinegar to eliminate the strong smoke smell that has been hanging around your home.

All you need is to put vinegar in bowls and then place those bowls around the room. Make sure you have set them in secure locations. The vinegar will absorb the smell and the smoke coming from the fireplace.

You can also sprinkle some vinegar and water solution on the fireplace walls. Just mix 2 cups of vinegar to 1 gallon of water mixed in a spray bottle. Then spritz it all over the fireplace area to cover up the smell.

If you decide to use vinegar, do not mix it with any bleach or ammonia. If you combine vinegar with ammonia or bleach, it will produce a poisonous gas that can harm you or even kill you.

Use Activated Carbon To Absorb Odors

When you are using the fireplace, mainly when you start up the fire, there are unwanted smells that usually come from the fireplace and spreads around the house.

To get rid of the foul air, you need something that can absorb that smell. One way to do that is to use activated carbon. You can easily get activated carbon in most local stores.

You only need to hang them around the room, and they will absorb the smell coming from the fireplace. If you cannot get activated carbon, you can try small pieces of charcoal. Place them in a bucket with a damp rag or damp pieces of old newspaper. This will also absorb the fireplace smell.

Use An Air Purifier To Remove Fireplace Odors From Home

Air purifiers are machines that clean the air that passes through them. They are useful because they help to fight bad odors and replace them with a clean, fresh smell.

There are many branded air purifiers being sold locally and online. Do some research and find one that is good for you. The good thing with air purifiers is that they take over the stinky air and freshen up the scent in the house immediately.

Other Useful Links About Odors

Here are some links that can help you along your way to getting rid of smoke odors…

26 Ways To Get rid of Smoke Smell In Your House

Does an Apple Absorb Smoke Smell?

Remove Smoke Smell from Walls