How to get rid of stale cigarette smoke smells

I am often asked how to get rid of stale cigarette smells particularity when people move into a new property.  No matter how much cleaning they do the smell just won’t go away.
Smoke smells really do hang and is a very persistent odour lasting a long time.  Part of the reason for this is the leftover resins and tars from the smoke but also because the smoke from cigarettes is composed of about 4,000 different chemicals, some in particulate form bonds which cause the stench of smoke to stick to walls, carpets, furniture,and upholstery.
No matter how muck spray you spray or air fresheners you use the smell is still there or it is only masking for a few days and then the smell comes flooding back!
Interestingly, two common household products do a fantastic job of neutralising odours and deodorising the air helping you to combat this strong persistent smell.
One being one of may favourite products white wine vinegar, which being an acid,  it is very effective at cutting through resin and tar. Just placing saucers of white vinegar around the affected items and leaving them in a sealed room overnight or for several days can really help. Alternatively mix with warm water and gently wash surfaces and windows making sure you buff dry. White wine vinegar itself has a pungent odour which not everyone likes but this will evaporate and fade quite quickly so don’t panic!
Secondly another favourite of mine Bicarbonate of  soda . Bicarb is really good with fabric and upholstery. simply sprinkle the bicarb over as much of the surface as possible and leave for several hours or even a day if possible, and then vacuum everything off. Repeat a few more times if necessary. You can even add to the bicarb a few drops of your favourite essential oil too.
Finally, don’t underestimate the power of fresh air. Just leaving items in a well-ventilated room or outside in the fresh air can help enormously in removing unwanted odours.

If you are soon to be moving into a new property soon take a look at my Cleaning guide

Lynsey Queen of Clean xoxo


How to clean your Microwave

The Microwave is one of those kitchen appliances many of us put off cleaning.  Its one of those items that is out of sight out of mind and as long as the outside of the appliance is clean the inside can wait.

Inside the microwave there can be food splatters and food spillages and often a nasty unclean smell.

The microwave can also be an awkward appliances to clean that you need to get the plate out and get your arm right in to reach the sides and the ceiling of the appliance.  Food can often be stuck so after a little wiping many people will just give up.

But there is such a simple easy effective way to clean the microwave and here is how.

1 – Fill a microwave safe bowl with warm water and grab a lemon from the fruit bowl and cut this into 4 quarters.

2 – Pop the lemons in to the bowl of warm water and put the bowl into the microwave.

3 – Set the microwave to 5 minutes and start.

4 – The water should boil.

5 – Once the 5 minutes cycle has finished leave as it is for another 5 minutes and let the steam from the bowl along with the lemon do its job of dissolving the grease, spilled food and grim.

6 – Remove the bowl and dispose of the water and lemons. Take out the plate if you have one and wash this is warm soapy water and then with a clean damp cloth wipe the inside of the microwave and see the dirt and grim come away really easily.

7 – If you have some really tough old food stain add a little white wine vinegar to a cloth and then rub and this should then come away easily.

8 – Dry the plate and pop this back and you will have a very fresh clean smelling microwave the looks like new.

I hope this simple tip has helped you.

Thank you for reading.
Queen of Clean xoxoxo