Best Deodorizer for Cigarette Smoke for 2019 [25 Reviewed]

Best Deodorizer for Cigarette Smoke for 2019 [25 Reviewed]

12 minutes Last Updated: 02/26/2019 Author: Jaleesa Bustamante comments

Smoke odor can be incredibly challenging to combat in your home, car, and office. You might have a friend who comes by only occasionally and politely smokes by the window, but the smell still lingers on everything from the curtains to the couch to the air. Perhaps you got a great deal on a used car or purchased a new home and it came with a hidden price of embedded smoke stench. Fortunately, there are effective solutions out there that work to reduce or eliminate smoke odor.

Ozium Smoke & Odors Eliminator Gel

7/10
  • Consistent fragrance release
  • Long-lasting, 30-60 days
  • Works 2 ways to remove smoke & odors
  • Ideal for small spaces
  • May have to use many due to smaller sized container
  • Just 1 scent that some feel is a bit chemical smelling
  • Uses no natural ingredients and can expose you to some ingredients that can be potentially harmful if you’re pregnant
Size:
4.5 oz container
Category:
Gel
Scent Options:
Outdoor & Original

Our Review

For smaller spaces like cars and trucks, this has a longer lasting effect vs many sprays. It can last for a month or two depending on the temperature its exposed to. It also works well to remove steady background odors in small areas of houses (closets, bathroom). It is not ideal for larger spaces like kitchens or living rooms. We reduced our rating due its use of some very strong chemicals. If you’re pregnant, we suggest passing on this option.

Tobacco Outlet Smoke Odor Exterminator

7/10
  • Contains an enzyme designed to attack and remove smoke odor
  • A good variety of scent options
  • Works in small and larger spaces
  • Not as effective on surfaces (couch, sofa, etc.)
  • Very strong scent to adjust to
Size:
7 oz container
Category:
Spray
Scent Options:
(There are at least 40, so here are 14 of them) Bamboo Breeze, Clothesline Fresh, Creamy Vanilla, Lavender with Chamomile, Dragon’s Blood, Cinnamon Apple, Patchouli Amber, Flamingo Bay Pineapple and Coconut, Blue Serenity, Sugar Skull, Caramel Vanilla Latte, Bermuda Beach, Rasta Love, Hippie Love

Our Review

Overall, this is an effective spray for both small and large spaces as it contains an enzyme that eliminates the smoke odor rather than just masks it. We love that they have at least 40 different scent options. Given that it takes a bit to get used to the very strong scent, options are good to have. For larger spaces, you may have to spray much more than you think to get a lasting effect. For a spray, it does seem to last a bit longer than most other sprays, but it’s not as effective on surfaces.

Zep Commercial Smoke Odor Eliminator

7/10
  • Removes smoke odor quickly in the short term and can effectively reduce in the long term
  • Very large size container at a low cost
  • Works on walls, carpet, furniture, house and car
  • Just 1 scent available and many don’t like it
  • Leaves an oily residue
  • Requires repeated application to possibly be effective long term
Size:
16 oz container
Category:
Spray
Scent Options:
1

Our Review

We like the combination of effectiveness and cost efficiency this product offers. It comes in a very large container and will quickly help remove smoke odor, but you have to like the 1 scent available as it is very strong. It can also leave an oily residue behind. At such a low cost, it’s probably worth a try.

Smoke Eater

5/10
  • Works well to breakdown smoke odor on surfaces, even your hair
  • Very large size container
  • All natural ingredients
  • Just 1 scent available
  • Not as effective for clearing the air
  • A bit oily when sprayed
  • More expensive than other spray options
Size:
22 oz container
Category:
Spray
Scent Options:
1

Our Review

This is an all natural spray that uses the power of tea tree oil to breakdown odor enzymes. A bit more expensive than other sprays, it works on surfaces but doesn’t work well for clearing the air of smoke odor.

Ozium Air Sanitizer

8/10
  • Clinically proven to attack airborne germs, bacteria, and eliminate odor
  • Works on airborne and surface odors
  • Just 1 scent that some feel is a bit chemical smelling
  • This can expose you to some ingredients that can be potentially harmful if you’re pregnant
Size:
8 oz container
Category:
Spray
Scent Options:
1

Our Review

This spray truly sanitizes and eliminates smoke odor in the air as well as various surfaces. The fact that funeral directors use and recommend it says a lot. It does use some strong chemicals to get the job done, so it’s best to vent the area you spray. If you’re pregnant, we suggest passing on this option. It’s the most effective long term odor elimination spray we reviewed and would be even better if it had more than one scent option.

Smoke Smell Be-Gone

8/10
  • Uses natural herb and weed extracts and is free of harmful ingredients
  • It’s easily portable as is small and uses non-compressed air
  • Just 1 strong lemon scent available that some don’t like
  • A bit oily when sprayed
  • Receive a small supply
Size:
2 pack of 1.1 oz containers
Category:
Spray
Scent Options:
Lemon

Our Review

This spray uses natural ingredients and is free of the harmful ingredients that other products like Ozium use. It comes in a small supply which is easily portable and doesn’t take much to be effective. For example, you need just a couple sprays for a mid-size SUV. Be careful of over-spraying as the lemon scent is quite strong. Overall, a good low-cost, short-term solution to remove smoke odor that has a more pleasant smell than Ozium.

California Home Goods Air Purifying Bags

8/10
  • Uses no chemicals as is made of natural and sustainable bamboo charcoal to reduce odors
  • Multiple size options for multiple purposes (room in house, car, gym bag, shoes)
  • Very long-lasting as bags are reusable
  • Other color and pattern options available outside of multi-pack
  • Not fast acting
  • Not as effective for large rooms in house
  • No fragrance at all
  • Reduces but may not eliminate odor
Size:
4 Pack, 200 grams
Category:
Bamboo Charcoal Bags
Scent Options:
Only one scent; comes in the color Grey

Our Review

This product is a bag of carbon activated bamboo charcoal that reduces odor over time. We like how it is completely non-toxic with no chemicals used at all. As long as you give the bags some direct sunlight every month for a couple hours, it can last up to 2 years. It is most effective in smaller spaces like closets and smaller rooms in houses, cars, shoes. Some won’t like the fact that it takes some time to work and has no fragrance. We like this bundled option because it provides a large, medium, and small size bag option so you can try it in a variety of ways (closet, car, shoes). California Home Goods has other color and pattern options as well.

RejuvenAir Deodorizer Bags

7/10
  • Uses no chemicals as is made of natural and sustainable bamboo charcoal to reduce odors
  • Multiple size options for multiple purposes (room in house, car, gym bag, shoes)
  • Very long-lasting as bags are reusable
  • Has two metal grommets on each larger bag vs. just one that other products have
  • Not fast acting
  • Not as effective for large rooms in house
  • No fragrance at all
  • Reduces but may not eliminate odor
  • Multi-pack provides less bamboo charcoal than other options
Size:
5 pack (2x large, 1x medium & 2x small), 1.5 pounds total weight
Category:
Bamboo Charcoal Bags
Scent Options:

fragrance to this product; 5 pack comes mostly in grey with one bag a turquoise green

Our Review

A very similar product to option #7 above. In terms of efficacy, it provides the same pros with the non-toxic bamboo charcoal and multiple size options for multiple uses. For those planning on hanging the bags, this brand has two metal grommets vs. one on the larger bags. We don’t like the higher cost associated with this product’s multi-pack given the smaller amount of total charcoal you receive.

Moso Natural Air Purifying Bags

7/10
  • Uses no chemicals as is made of natural and sustainable bamboo charcoal to reduce odors
  • Multiple size options and color options available
  • Very long-lasting as bags are reusable
  • Has larger bags available (600g)
  • Multi-packs are multiples of 1 size, not multiple sizes in one multi-pack
  • Not fast acting
  • Not as effective for large rooms in house
  • No fragrance at all
  • Reduces but may not eliminate odor
Size:
4 pack (4x 200g size), 1.76 pounds total weight
Category:
Bamboo Charcoal Bags
Scent Options:

fragrance to this product; 4 pack comes in charcoal color

Our Review

A very similar product to option #7 and #8 above. In terms of efficacy, the pros and cons are similar. This is only charcoal bag option we reviewed where the company only does air purifying bags. They have a larger sized bag option than other two options above and provide more detail as to sized room it is effective for. For example, 200mg covers 90 square feet. It is also more expensive and the multi-pack doesn’t have the variety of sizes other products offer.

Fresh Wave Odor Removing Spray

9/10
  • Removes odor molecules
  • Non-toxic, non-hazardous and meets EPA’s safer product standards, container is recyclable
  • A couple scent options as well as a vehicle specific spray
  • Works on airborne and surface odors
  • New bottle changed from aerosol that many liked
  • Scent can dissipate quickly and can take a few applications to get smoke odor out
  • Spray bottle drips when using
  • Some don’t like original scent
Size:
2 pack (2x 8 oz of original scent)
Category:
Spray
Scent Options:
3 scents available - original, lavender, and orange for vehicle specific spray

Our Review

We like the combination of eco-friendliness and effectiveness of this spray. It meets the EPA’s safer product standards and removes both airborne and surface odors. The scent doesn’t last as long as some would like, which could be a positive if you’re one of the people that don’t like the original scent smell. Fortunately, there is more than one scent available as well as a vehicle specific spray option that’s backed by Turtle Wax. Overall, a solid spray option that’s worth a try.

Fresh Wave Odor Removing Gel

8/10
  • Removes odor molecules
  • Non-toxic, non-hazardous and meets EPA’s safer product standards
  • Long lasting, 30-60 days
  • Recyclable container
  • Some don’t like original scent
  • Doesn’t work well for larger spaces
Size:
2 pack (2x 15 oz of original scent)
Category:
Gel
Scent Options:
2 scents available - original & lavender

Our Review

Fresh Wave’s gel is eco-friendly and effective in small spaces for 30-60 days. Each 15 oz container of gel works in a maximum of 200 square feet. Though perhaps not quite as effective as Ozium, we like that it uses natural ingredients and is safe for pets and children. We also like that there are two scent options, so if you don’t like original scent (which some don’t), you have another option!

Gonzo Natural Magic Air Purifying Gel

4/10
  • Attacks odor molecules to neutralize
  • Multiple scent options
  • Long lasting, Up to 90 Days
  • Not as consistently effective as other gels
  • Weak fragrance
  • Not made for very strong odors
Size:
9.9 ounce container
Category:
Gel
Scent Options:
5 scents available: Bamboo Rain, Lavender, Scentillating Citrus, Tropical Paradise, Vanilla Bean

Our Review

Though this gel has multiple scents available, they are weak and hard to smell. This is not as effective as other gel options but is advertised to last a month longer (90 vs. 60 days). You can get some of the scents for under $5, so it is very inexpensive.

Bright Air Solid Odor Eliminator Gel

6/10
  • Attacks odor molecules to neutralize
  • Uses plant-based essential oils that are safe for kids and pets
  • Multiple scent options
  • Long lasting, Up to 60 Days
  • Not as consistently effective as other gels
  • Fragrance can weaken quickly
  • Not made for very strong odors
Size:
14 ounce container
Category:
Gel
Scent Options:
9 scents available: Cool and Clean, Fresh Apples and Spice, Island Nectar and Pineapple, Lavender and Fresh Linen, Mandarin Orange and Fresh Lemon, Cool Citrus, White Peach and Citrus, Wild Raspberry and Pomegranate, Zesty Lemon and Lime

Our Review

This scented gel is a bit more effective, though doesn’t quite last as long overall as option #12. Fragrance can also weaken quickly, though gel is still supposedly working. It is in the same low-cost price range as option #12. This also gets a higher rating as you get 14 ounces vs. 9.9 ounce and more scent options to choose from so you can find one that you like. We like that its pet and child safe and that the container is recyclable and reusable.

Smells Begone Odor Absorber Gel

4/10
  • Uses plant based essential oils that are safe for kids and pets
  • Multiple scent options
  • Long lasting, 60-90 days
  • Uses plant based essential oils that are safe for kids and pets
  • Multiple scent options
  • Long lasting, 60-90 days
Size:
15 oz container
Category:
Gel
Scent Options:
6 scents available: Calming Rain, Energizing Citrus, Fresh Cotton, Lavender Vanilla, Pet Calming Rain, Soothing Breeze

Our Review

This gel does not remove odors in 450 square feet for 60-90 days while maintaining a light pleasant fragrance for under $10. That is an overpromise. For mild to moderate odors in smaller spaces, this might work for a little while. We like that its pet and child safe and that the container is recyclable and reusable.

Dakota Non-Smoke Smoke Odor Eliminator

7/10
  • Industrial strength formula designed to eliminate smoke odor on a molecular level
  • Non-Staining
  • Works on airborne and surface odors
  • Works on very strong odors
  • Only 1 scent option
  • Very strong baby powder-like smell that requires you to air out room, car, area after spraying
  • Not a natural product
Size:
12 oz
Category:
Spray
Scent Options:
1 scent available

Our Review

This spray is an industrial strength start to getting rid of a powerful odor in the air or on fabric. They just have 1 very strong scent option. We recommend you spray the area or fabric and then leave it to air out for a couple hours. This effective, though non-natural, product is best paired with an air freshener of some kind as well.

Smoke Blaster Natural Instant Cigarette Smoke Remover

5/10
  • Effective at removing cigarette smoke odor from hands, hair, and clothing
  • Safe as 94% of spray is a blend of natural ingredients
  • Comes in convenient travel size bottles
  • Only 1 scent option and some don’t like the scent
  • It’s a bit expensive and there are cheaper options
Size:
2 travel size bottles (2 oz each)
Category:
Spray
Scent Options:
1 scent available

Our Review

This product works for a cigarette smoker, or someone exposed to cigarette smoke looking to quickly remove the odor from their hands, hair, and clothing. It is a convenient travel size spray that does that function well, but not much else. Overall, there are other travel size options worth considering. For example, Option #2 offers a 2.5-ounce travel size at a lower cost.

Biocide Systems Room Shocker Odor Eliminator

2/10
  • Kills toughest odors at source for rooms that are up to 400 square feet
  • Safely deodorizes with no hazardous material equipment needed
  • Only 1 scent option that some don’t like
  • Not very effective for many who tried it
  • Some had it work for a week, but then smell returned
  • Can take 24 hours to work
Size:
1 container (1.6 oz)
Category:
Gel
Scent Options:
1 scent available

Our Review

This product didn’t work at all for a large number of people. There were a few it worked well for, but we can’t ignore such a large number of very negative reviews. Overall, we don’t recommend this product as even for a group of people it worked for, it only lasted a week and then the smoke smell returned.

Tobacco Outlet Smoke Odor Exterminator Candle

6/10
  • A huge variety of scent options
  • Burns up to 70 hours and effectively eliminates smoke odors
  • Some product inconsistency as some customers experienced candles that burned too pungent, while others had candles that were too weak smelling or weren’t effective
  • Uses Paraffin wax and the toxins found in paraffin is the same as those found in diesel fuel fumes
Size:
13 oz container
Category:
Candle
Scent Options:
At least 40, here are 14 of them: Bamboo Breeze, Clothesline Fresh, Creamy Vanilla, Lavender with Chamomile, Dragon’s Blood, Cinnamon Apple, Patchouli Amber, Flamingo Bay Pineapple and Coconut, Blue Serenity, Sugar Skull, Caramel Vanilla Latte, Bermuda Beach, Rasta Love, Hippie Love

Our Review

This is an effective smoke odor eliminator and we love the huge number of scent options. Given there is some reported inconsistency in terms of smell strength and efficacy, options are good to have. It’s important to note that this candle is only meant to last a few days (up to 70 hours) and can take a few hours to be effective. We don’t love the use of paraffin, but the pure quantity of very positive reviews can’t be overlooked.

Just Makes Scents Smoke & Odor Eliminator Blended Soy Candle

8/10
  • Created from an eco-friendly soy wax that eliminates smoke odors
  • Wick is designed to be self-trimming and smoke free
  • Burns up to 40 hours
  • Candles are homemade and hand poured in small batches in NC
  • Just 1 smoke odor eliminator scent option that a few don’t like
Size:
9 oz container
Category:
Candle
Scent Options:
1 for smoke odor elimination

Our Review

Overall, this is an eco-friendly and effective candle option. The candles are hand poured and use a non-metal wick designed to be self-trimming. Smoke odors are removed and the candle smell is persistent, yet soft and enjoyable for most. We love that this is a homemade product as well.

Our Own Candle Company Smoke Eliminator 13 oz Mason Jar Candle

5/10
  • Mason Jar is a nice container
  • Lead-free wick with wick straightener
  • Longest lasting smoke odor eliminator candle that burns up to 100 hours
  • Just 1 smoke odor eliminator scent option that a few don’t like
  • Some inconsistency with how effective the product is at removing smoke odor as well as varying experiences with fragrance (too strong or too weak).
Size:
13 oz container
Category:
Candle
Scent Options:
1 for smoke odor elimination

Our Review

We like that it comes in a mason jar and that it can be effective at reducing smoke odor for a longer period of time than other candles. Though similar in its use of paraffin and product consistency issues as option #18, the lack of scent options and the fewer very positive reviews forces us to give this product a lower rating.

CandLove Smoke and Odor Eliminator Mason Jar Candle

9/10
  • Mason Jar is a nice container
  • All natural product from cotton wick to 100% soy wax that effectively eliminates smoke odors
  • Burns up to 70 hours
  • Just 1 smoke odor eliminator scent option that a few don’t like
  • Some feel scent is not strong enough
Size:
16 oz container
Category:
Candle
Scent Options:
1 for smoke odor elimination

Our Review

This is our favorite candle option as it’s all natural, in a mason jar, burns for a long time and is effective. For those looking for a lighter scent that isn’t overpowering and a candle that really works to remove smoke odors, this is a great option!

Enerzen Commercial Ozone Generator

6/10
  • Eliminates any odor, including smoke
  • Portable with durable metal casing and low energy usage
  • Includes a 1 year warranty and 100% satisfaction guarantee
  • Timer allows you to control the length of time its running
  • Like all ozone generators, cannot be used in occupied spaces and you will need to air out space for some time before re-entering
  • There have been issues with timer and hold function for some
  • It doesn’t work as consistently on smoke as it does on other odors
Size:
6,000mg version weighs 5 pounds, 6.8 x 8 x 5.8 inches
Category:
Air Purifier
Options:
Comes in grey or black

Our Review

Take all living things out of your smokey space and run this ozone generator for a while and the smoke odor will be reduced more permanently. Overall, a decent option as it is portable with a warranty and satisfaction guarantee. We gave this product a lower rating because of the inconvenience of vacating your house for hours as well as multiple reviewers reporting that it’s not as effective on smoke odors.

Pure Enrichment PureZone HEPA Air Purifier

10/10
  • Captures 99.97% of household odors, including smoke
  • Very quietly sanitizes the air through a 3 in 1 filter (pre-filter, activated carbon filter, and HEPA filter)
  • Compact & lightweight
  • Includes a 5-year warranty and 7-day a week customer support
  • Timer allows you to control how long unit runs
  • Filter reset indicator lets you know when to change filter
  • Not as effective in larger rooms as fan is a bit weak
  • Some inconsistency with durability
  • Has blue lights that project from the top which might bother a lighter sleeper
Size:
6 pounds, 10.8 x 7 x 12.5 inches
Category:
Air Purifier
Options:
Comes in white

Our Review

Unlike the ozone generator, you can be in the room when a HEPA air purifier is running. We love that this product has a 3 in 1 filter and is very quiet. It works well to remove smoke odors in a smaller room (200 square feet or so). We were tempted to drop rating a bit as there were a few reports of durability issues, but the reports of it holding up against California wildfire remnant smoke more than made up for these comments. A solid air purifier option that’s compact and effective with helpful features and a 5 year warranty.

Veva 8000 Elite Pro Series HEPA Air Purifier

9/10
  • Captures 99.97% of household odors, including smoke
  • Quietly sanitizes the air through a HEPA filter and 4 precut activated carbon pre-filters
  • Sleek design with 3 stage air speed and removable base
  • Includes a 2 year warranty, a 100% money back guarantee, and good customer service
  • 100% ozone free
  • Longest lasting filters, only need to be changed every 6-12 months and filters are affordable
  • Some feel that the unit is a bit fragile compared to other purifiers with occasional rattling
  • Some feel airflow is a bit weak and that it makes too much noise
Size:
6.72 pounds, 9 x 8 x 23 inches
Category:
Air Purifier
Options:
1 color

Our Review

This air purifier works to remove smoke over a larger space than option #23 (325 square feet vs. 200 square feet) and has longer lasting filters. Though there are a few that have reported it making too much noise with some occasional rattling and durability issues, most have had a very good experience. Some even said that they got used to the noise pretty quickly. This product also has very good customer service which helps make up for the few reported durability issues. It was very close between this and option #23, so you’re likely fine with either. We just gave this a slightly lower rating because it got a few more complaints around efficacy/durability.

Levoit LV-H132 HEPA Air Purifier

6/10
  • Captures 99.97% of household odors, including smoke
  • Quietly sanitizes the air through 3 stages of filtration (pre-filter, HEPA filter, and activated carbon filter)
  • Eye catching design with 3 stage air speed and adjustable night light feature
  • 2 year warranty and lifetime customer service from Levoit
  • 100% ozone free
  • Some feel that it makes too much noise
  • Some feel airflow is a bit weak and it is does not work well in anything bigger than a small room
  • Inconsistent results for removing smoke
Size:
6.48 pounds, 8.5 x 8.5 x 14.5 inches
Category:
Air Purifier
Options:
2 colors availble: white and black

Our Review

This air purifier has some similar features to the previous two products with 3 stage air filtration, 3 stage air speed, and 99.97% odor capture. It also has some of the same issues with complaints of weak airflow, too much noise and too small a radius of efficacy. We gave this product a lower rating because there were just too many reports of the product not consistently and effectively removing smoke odor.

How to Choose a Smoke Odor Eliminator

There are a variety of different ways of removing smoke odor, from gels to sprays to candles, air purifiers, and even charcoal bags. Finding what works for you will take some research and a bit of trial and error. Read through the reviews of what you think might work and pay attention to the details. For example, if you are very sensitive to smell, search for “smell” or “fragrance” and see what the overarching sentiment is. Don’t get too swayed by outliers of a bad review or a fantastic review, but try to get a sense of what the general consensus is. To give you a head start, we have reviewed 25 different products and listed pros and cons. We also rated them accordingly based on reviews.

Here’s a breakdown of the different types of smoke odor eliminator products:

The right product for your smoke smell removal needs truly depends on your situation and preferences. For example, let’s say you’re looking for occasional smoke removal while friends are over in a certain room. You might want a stronger scent or perhaps you are sensitive to fragrance so you want something less pungent. Do you prefer the stronger, more instant effect of a spray or the long-term effect of a gel or candle? Do you have kids and pets? If so, you probably want to go with a more natural option. In the end, you just have to try a few options out to see what works for you. This is why we have reviewed options that are generally not going to break the bank.

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