house plants fighting smoke smell

Tired of that cigarette smell from your home’s previous owners?

Sometimes it seems no matter the amount of cleaning, the cigarette smoke smell won’t go away. Residue and particles left behind by cigarette smoke can contain heavy metals, carcinogens, and toxins which contaminate your home.

So, how do you get rid of it?

Luckily, there’s a good old fashioned, natural way to help with cutting out that smell. Plants! Plants are an effective and natural way to get rid of cigarette smoke odors and pollutants.

Five First-Rate Fresh Plants

There are many options to freshen up the air in your home when it comes to plants. The plants listed here are low maintenance, and can provide years of improved air quality with just a bit of watering and TLC.

1. Aloe Vera Plant

Aloe vera is a natural air purifier that clears formaldehyde and benzene from the air. It’s easy to grow and enjoys being indoors or outdoors. It grows well in a pot, in low to high sunlight conditions, and doesn’t need much water.

2. Philodendron Plant

Philodendrons are common houseplants known to remove harmful chemicals from the air, namely formaldehyde. These are easy to transplant and re-grow and do well in shady areas as long as they get some sunlight.

3. Pothos Plant

Pothos plants remove ozone which can also come from things like car exhaust. This makes this plant perfect for your garage or the rooms and hallways closest to the garage. The Golden Pothos also removes formaldehyde, benzene, xylene, and toluene. Less is more with these plants as they do just fine in low sunlight and in cooler temperature. 

4. Snake Plant

The Snake Plant is one of the best air purifying plants based on this NASA Clean Air Study. In the air cleaning test, it removed all the chemicals tested except for ammonia. This is one of the easiest plants to manage. It doesn’t need much water, and can thrive inside or outside as long as you make sure to get it water every now and then.

5. Boston Fern

All ferns are great air purifiers, but the Boston Fern is one of the most popular for removing pollutants such as formaldehyde, xylene, and toluene. They need medium water and medium light. They’re great in low light conditions and don’t require much care or trimming.

Breathe Easy This Fall

Although an electric air purifier isn’t a bad idea, nature’s version of cleaning cigarette smells and smoke is inexpensive, low maintenance, and requires no electricity. Not to mention it adds a bit of beauty to your home!

Is this all too good to be true?

Unfortunately, these methods can take a while before seeing results and sometimes even these methods can’t quite rid your house of the smell. You may also want to check if these plants are pet-safe before bringing them into your home.

If you’re looking for more immediate results, contact the INTEK team. We’ll clean your walls, ceiling, carpets, household items, and anything else that’s been affected by cigarette smoke.

Getting rid of cigarette smoke isn’t a fun job, but it’s a necessary one if you want to freshen up your home. Contact us today to see how we could help!

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