How to Remove a Smoke Smell From a Recliner

Alicia Bodine

Cigarette smoke doesn't just float away in the air and disappear. It clings to everything in the room, including such furniture as a recliner. Eventually, you will notice that the recliner stinks. The website Health Guidance warns about the ineffectiveness of commercial deodorizing sprays.

Smoke will stick to your recliner and cause it to smell.

These sprays only add to the smell on the recliner, instead of eliminating the smoke odor. Fortunately, there is hope. A few tips and tricks will help you to get rid of that nasty smoke smell.

  1. Open the windows in the room to introduce fresh air to the recliner. This won't eliminate the smoke odor, but it will lessen the smell.

  2. Set two bowls, each containing 1 cup of baking soda, next to the recliner. The baking soda will absorb the smoke smell lingering near the recliner.

  3. Fill a spray bottle with equal parts white distilled vinegar and water. Vinegar gets rid of even the toughest odors. Squirt the diluted vinegar all over your recliner. Don't worry about the vinegar smell. It will dissipate along with the unpleasant smoke smell.

  4. Wait 24 hours. Slice three lemons and boil them in a pot with 1 cup of water for 15 minutes. Once the contents of the pot cool, remove the lemons and pour the lemon water into a spray bottle. Squirt the lemon water around the recliner and throughout the room. Lemons deodorize with their fresh scent.

  5. Tip

    Instead of baking soda, use charcoal. Charcoal also absorbs strong odors. Hire a professional steam cleaner if you can't get rid of the smoke smell yourself.


    Recliners found in the homes of chain smokers are often beyond help.