Post # 1
A little while ago we had some new neighbors move in. They are great compared to our last set of neighbors (not loud, don’t slam drawers in their bathroom, etc.). The only problem is that they seem to smoke like crazy! Now I don’t care what other people do when it comes to habits like smoking. My only problem is that when they smoke I think they are doing it in the bathroom which is the one place where we seem to share some sort of ventilation. It’s the only room in the house where we can hear our neighbors at all and the only place the smoke could be smelled at first.
It gets so bad sometimes that I’ve started to just keep the bathroom door shut. It’s terrible when we have to go use it because the stench is just so strong! Not only that, but our bedroom shares a wall with their apartment and the bathroom. I’ve started being able to smell it coming through the wall in that corner.
I don’t know them so I can’t really talk to them about it (I think it would be rude anyway since they can do what they want in their own home). I just don’t know if there is any way to de-smoke those rooms? Right now I have to burn a candle before going to bed sometimes just to temporarily get rid of the scent.
Post # 3
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
@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
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
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
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
@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 # 9
Thanks ladies! I’ll have to try some of your ideas! I’m going to have to double check my lease, but I’m pretty sure they allow smoking. Our apartments are set up in a town house fashion with private entrances so I don’t think smoking is normally an issue for them (no hallways for it to filter into).
@MRSLMA: Definitely going to have to check that link too! Thanks!
Post # 10
Depending on the type of bathroom fan, you may be able to attach a filter to it.
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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
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
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.