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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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’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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.