(Closed) NWR: How to get rid of smokey smell in APT?

posted 6 years ago in Home
Post # 3
607 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Is smoking allowed in your building? A lot of buildings around here don’t allow it, for this reason. I’m guessing it is allowed, though, or you would have said.

Have you thought about getting an air purifier? I’ve never had one but I’ve heard from multiple people that they work wonders and are pretty quiet and unobtrusive. That really would bother me too, but luckily for us, no smoking allowed. Also now that it’s warming up, keep the windows open as much as possible.

Post # 4
5371 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2014 - Ontario, Canada ♥ EDD- April 2016

@FloretteLiz:  We have this exact same problem! The smoke seems to come in through the fan in the bathroom or something 🙁 it also comes in the window because they smoke right below outside (all the time) us when the weather is nicer. I don’t care that they smoke, it just bothers me that we have no choice but to have that smell and smoke coming in our condo. We haven’t really found a way to fix this problem, so this thread will be helpful to us too 😉

I really want to anonymously complain to the superintendent but then it’s their place and there’s nothing that complaining could really do. I doubt they’re actually trying to make our place smokey hahha so yeah, I’m at a loss for what to do 🙁

Post # 5
2889 posts
Sugar bee

Does it help to leave the bathroom window open a few inches all the time? I don’t have any suggestions but I can sympathize as my downstairs neighbor often smokes out his window and in the summer it comes in my window. Other than shutting the window at first smell I light a candle or move to another room.

Post # 6
868 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Ughh, what a pain! I lived next to a smoking neighbor and hated it too.  Some things that worked for me.

1) having a dish filled with charcoal on the bathroom floor- the charcoal soaks up the smells

2) Air purifier like @foodnerd81: suggested

3) having dryer sheets in linen closets, clothes closets, etc to avoid having clothes and stuff smelling like smoke.

If you are wanting your complex to take further action (ie go smoke free) check out the link below- it gives tenants a lot of ammunition to try to change their living environment.


Post # 7
764 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

A lot of places do not allow smoking which is probably why they’re doing it in the bathroom! COMPLAIN! The only REAL way to get rid of smoke smell is removing sheetrock.

Post # 8
5428 posts
Bee Keeper

@MRSLMA:  having a dish filled with charcoal on the bathroom floor- the charcoal soaks up the smells

I was going to suggest that! You beat me to it!

Post # 10
10565 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

Depending on the type of bathroom fan, you may be able to attach a filter to it.

Post # 11
868 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

@happyface:  great minds:)

Post # 12
5118 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I agree with the charcoal, and there are tons of other good ideas as well. Bowls of vinegar or a vinegar wash should help to pull out the smell as well. 

Do you know these neighbors or are you brave enough to just to knock on their door to ask them to not smoke directly in the bathroom? Depending on their level of crazy and your level of brave, it’d be a nice gesture to just ask them before going to management (if smoking is allowed). If it’s not, then I think I’d do either and not feel bad about which route I went.

Post # 13
2196 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I work in the transportation industry, and we often get our tractor trailers back that are disgustingly stinky from hauling food/produce. Sometimes they forget about these trailers and food goes bad … really bad. :/

We use coffee grounds, they work great! If you can put coffee grounds in a few small bowls throughtout the worst parts of your apt it should help absorb the smell.

Failing that, perhaps a knock on their door explaining how stinky your place is getting and perhaps they will offer to smoke elsewhere.

All the best!

Post # 14
6661 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2010

Air purifiers and fans. I had a neighbor who smoked and I could also smell it the strongest in my bathroom. We didn’t share a wall, but we somehow shared ventilation.

Try all the ideas and see if they work. If you can still smell it, beg them to keep their windows open when smoking and/or smoke outside.

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