You know what they say: your home is your sanctuary – you spend so much time living in your private space, and if you have a social circle around you, you’ll probably have guests regularly coming into your home for coffee, a meal, or just to spend some time together.
And if you’ve just moved into a new home, you’re probably going to be moving into a space where somebody else has lived before. And if the previous tenant or owner of your current living space is a weed smoker, chances are you’ll be catching whiffs of it all around the house.
Lest you want your guests to think that you’ve become a bonafide pot smoker, you’re probably wanting to find the best way to eliminate the smell of marijuana from your home. Here’s how you can eliminate the smell of weed from your new house.
How To remove the smell of marijuana in a Home:
- Ventilate your new house
- Use white vinegar + baking soda cleaner
- Spread coffee grounds
- Use activated charcoal
- Clean your rugs
- Wipe down all furniture and walls
- Mop the floors with vinegar-based cleaners
- Clean the windows
- Use scented candles
Truth be told: Weed smells are notoriously hard to get rid of. But if you’re following these tips listed below, you’ll be well on your way to breathing in some fresh air without any marijuana smells that linger at the tip of your nose.
1. Ventilate your new house
Marijuana smells are truly strong smells, thanks to the pungent smell of the herb itself. These strong smells tend to linger in still air in enclosed spaces, so if you want to get rid of weed smells fast, then you’re going to need to ventilate all areas of your new house.
Open up all windows and doors to let fresh air in and out of the home. This circulates most of the still air that contains weed odor. For an added boost of power, consider setting up a couple of fans in each room to really circulate the air around your new living space, turning the airflow going in and out of your home into a literal river that absorbs and washes away any lingering smells.
2. Use white vinegar + baking soda cleaner
White vinegar has a really stinky scent on its own, but if you’re cleaning out weed smells in your home – white vinegar is super effective when combined with a little baking soda and dishwashing liquid to form a cleaning solution. This high-power homemade cleaner turns any rag or sponge that absorbs it into a heavy-duty cleaner that gets rid of stains, and especially any strong odors – making it especially useful for getting rid of weed smells from furniture, couches, and doors.
3. Spread coffee grounds
Coffee grounds have many uses, but one of the best hacks for coffee grounds is to use them to absorb strong smells within enclosed spaces. The reason why coffee grounds are so effective at absorbing weed smells is that they are rich in nitrogen – which is a chemical that has naturally strong odor-combating properties.
Spread coffee grounds around rooms or areas in your home that have especially strong weed smells and leave them out for a day or two. Then vacuum or sweep them up and dispose of them. The smell should disappear, or at least be significantly reduced by this time.
4. Use activated charcoal
Activated charcoal is expensive, but is definitely powerful at removing odors. You can save some money by getting loose granules of activated charcoal and then placing them into porous fabrics like pantyhose or cheesecloths and then putting them in areas around the house.
5. Clean your rugs
Most of the air particles that contain weed smells from before eventually settle into the surfaces of the house – and this includes rugs and carpeted floors. These are the main culprits for many unwanted odors, so if you want to get rid of strong smells, start by vacuuming the entire carpeted area of your new home.
Apply a cleaning solution to areas that have stronger smells.
6. Wipe down all furniture and walls
Furniture and walls are solid surfaces that catch a lot of the air particles infused with weed odors, so use a scrubber or rag with the baking soda, white vinegar, and liquid detergent solution and do a big scrub down of all the furniture and walls around your new house that has strong weed smells.
Drawers and cabinets are also where most people store their weed, and unfortunately, these are the areas where the weed smells usually linger. Wipe them down with the rag and homemade cleaner to remove the smells effectively.
7. Mop the floors with vinegar-based cleaners
Together with the furniture and the walls, you’ll also want to pay special attention to your floors, especially hardwood floors or laminate floors. The vinegar, baking soda, and liquid detergent cleaner will make quick work of odors on the floors, and after a few rounds of mopping, you should start to smell a noticeable difference in the air quality of your new house.
8. Clean the windows
Windows of the home are where most smokers smoke their weed – with the intent of reducing the weed smells inside the home. However, this may end up with weed odors being absorbed and lingering in the window areas, window frames, and window glass.
Wipe down the windows with one round of baking soda, liquid detergent, and white vinegar cleaner, followed by a round of regular window cleaner to leave your windows spotless, shiny, and odor-free.
9. Use scented candles
Last but not least, you can light up some scented candles in your home to aromatize the interior of your new house. Some scented candles have strong odor-neutralizing properties, and there are some scented candles on the market which are designed to neutralize and eliminate weed odors specifically, too!
How long will the smell of marijuana last in a home?
Marijuana smells are very strong natural odors, and can last for over a year if the air inside the enclosed home remains still. It is worse if the smells stick to things like carpet and furniture.
While it is hard to remove weed smells from a house that used to be home to a weed smoker, it isn’t impossible. By following the tips listed above, you can effectively and efficiently remove weed smells from your entire home so that you can enjoy spending time in your private sanctuary in peace and serenity.
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