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Old 06-12-2013, 06:07 AM   #1
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Removing Cigarette Smoke from Car Interior

I am looking at purchasing a 2004 Ford Focus which was owned by a chain smoker the last several years. Is it possible to remove the heavy cigarette smell in the car?


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Old 06-12-2013, 07:30 AM   #2
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Yes I used a mix of 50/50 simple green and vinegar to clean my car. I'm. A ex smoker my self. I took about 12oz simple green and 12oz vinegar and put that in about 1/2 gallon of hot water and wiped everything down even the glass. Then I used a carpet cleaner to clean the rest of the car using the same mix.
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Old 06-12-2013, 07:41 AM   #3
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^ this!

Vinegar is excellent at removing smells. My dad has set a small glass in the car overnight to 'suck' the smell out. It does seem to work.
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Baking soda will do that as well. Steam-clean all the things and leave a secured box of Arm-and Hammer inside each night with the windows up and secured. It's not an overnight process, but it can be removed with some elbow-grease and diligence.
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I used a baking soda air freshener (sold at stores) with the suction cup and it took the mold smell from my Trans Am. I used a Simple Green mixture with water on a rag to kill the nasty mold crap, but I wouldn't go heavy on that stuff because it's pretty strong smelling and can discolor things.
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I do it every year because I'm a smoker and will smoke in my car during winter (though I try to keep windows down whenever possible). I can't stand the smell of smoke being permeated into the interior, so as soon as it warms up and I do my post-winter detail I remove the smell of smoke.

I used to have one of those cheap air-ionizers that plugged into your cigarette lighter. I would swear that that thing worked because my pickup never smelled of smoke. To be fair it was a single-cab that was almost entirely vinyl, but I've always gotten compliments on how my cars don't smell like dirty-smoker.
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Could try an Ozone Machine. Equipment rental stores by me(MN)
Rent them out, takes a cpl hours.
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Yes I used a mix of 50/50 simple green and vinegar to clean my car. I'm. A ex smoker my self. I took about 12oz simple green and 12oz vinegar and put that in about 1/2 gallon of hot water and wiped everything down even the glass. Then I used a carpet cleaner to clean the rest of the car using the same mix.
That sounds like an excellent idea...I would follow it up with some doses of Ozium Air Sanitizer. When you put the A/C on recirculate, it gets into the vents and takes care of any smells that are put out through it.

The thing I like about Ozium is it destroys smells, it doesn't just mask it up.
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Any suggestions for gasoline?
I had a leak in a gas can. Lost about 3 ounces in the passenger footwell.
Afraid to use my steam cleaner; risk spreading the gasoline.
Tried 8 hours in the sun with the windows down. Vast improvement.
Gasoline smell has been replaced with a simple oily petroleum smell.
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At work we use something called a chlorine bomb. It's basically a metal tin with some chlorine tablets. You fill up the tin with water to a line and leave it in your car with the a/c on recirculate for an hour. It works EXTREMELY well! The only problems are the car needs to be aired out for a few hours and will smell like a swimming pool for a few days. But no more cigarette smell! :P
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