Any non-smoker who’s ever lived with or visited a smoker knows how unpleasant it can be to have to stay in a room that smells like cigarette smoke. The smoker in the house might not notice it, but non-smokers tend to be sensitive to the smell.
The solution is to get an air freshener – not just any air freshener, but one that’s specifically designed to help get rid of the smell of cigarette smoke. You don’t want something that simply smells strong – that’s just swapping out one odor for another. Instead, you need something that will essentially get rid of the cigarette odor, leaving fresh air in its wake.
We’ve taken the time to test out the 10 best air fresheners for cigarette smoke, but before we reveal our choices, let’s consider what to look for in an air freshener.
Type of Air Fresheners
If you have a problem with cigarette smoke, what should you look for in an air freshener? There are several kinds available and we’ll include some of each on this list. Here are your options.
- Sprays are what most of us think of when we think of air fresheners, however, depending on how strong the smell of cigarette smoke is, they may not be the most effective option.
- Electronic air cleaners generate an electric field that ionizes the air particles as it passes through the cleaner. They’re available as stand-alone cleaners or as add-ons to home heating and cooling systems. They usually include a collection plate that gathers particles from the air.
- Ionizers work in a similar way to electronic air cleaners, but they tend to be less expensive and they don’t come with a collection plate. Instead, the negatively charged ions collect particles from the air and drop to the ground where they may be easily vacuumed up.
- Mechanical air filters generally force the air through a charcoal filter that filters out impurities. Traditional charcoal will remove about 99.7% of odors, but if you want to take it to the next step, you can look for an Ultra-Low Penetration Air filter that will take care of mold spores and bacteria, too.
With the last three options, you’ll want to look for two basic metrics as a way of judging their effectiveness. The first is the Efficiency Rate, which measures how many times per hour the freshener can filter the air in the room. A good benchmark is six times per hour to keep the air really clean.
The second metric is the Clean Air Delivery Rate or CADR, which measures how much fresh air the unit is able to deliver. The rule of thumb here is to look for a filter that can clean about 2/3 of the room’s area per hour. For example, for a 100 square foot room, you’d want a cleaner with a CADR of 67 square feet.
Best Air Fresheners for Cigarette Smoke in 2017
Now that you know what to look for, let’s review our choices for the best air fresheners for cigarette smoke for 2017.
Table of Contents
- 10. Exclusive Blue Auto Ionizer
- 9. Ozium Smoke & Odors Eliminator Gel
- 8. SG Natural Bamboo Charcoal Deodorizer Bag Power Pack
- 7. Smoke Odor Exterminator 7 Oz Mulberry & Spice
- 6. Activated Bamboo Charcoal Air Purifier
- 5. PremAir Scents (Green) – Home & Car Air Freshener & Burning Oil
- 4. O-Ion B-1000 Permanent Filter Ionic Air Purifier Pro Ionizer with UV-C Sanitizer
- 3. Breathe Fresh Air HEPA Filter Ionic Ionizer Air Purifier with UV Sterilizer and 2 Ceramic Ozone Plates
- 2. Ivation Ozone Generator Air Purifier, Ionizer & Deodorizer
- 1. OION LB-8001 5-in-1 Air Cleaning System with True HEPA, UV-C, Ionizer, PCO Filtration, and Odor Reduction Air Purifier
10. Exclusive Blue Auto Ionizer
The first item on our list is the Exclusive Blue Auto Ionizer, a handy portable air freshener that eliminates cigarette odors from your car in just minutes. We chose it because it’s portable and quick acting, and it removes pet odors, mold, and other particles with as much efficiency as it does cigarette smoke. It’s tiny, it plugs into your car charger, and it’s got a very cool, modern look that we love.
On the downside, this little charger makes a surprising amount of noise for something so small. It’s not going to drown out your voice or anything, but it’s not quiet, either. If you leave it plugged in with the car closed, you will also end up with a fairly strong ozone smell in your vehicle, but it goes away if you just open the windows and let some fresh air in. All in all, this is an effective air freshener.
9. Ozium Smoke & Odors Eliminator Gel
Coming in at #9 on our list is the Ozium Smoke & Odors Eliminator Gel. We like it because it’s works to eliminate the odor of smoke while also adding a fresh but not overpowering scent of its own. It’s a small container of gel that you can use in your car or in the house. Unlike some of the other scented options on the market, this gel will last about two months with continuous use. The lid is adjustable so you can control the amount of scent it releases.
There are a couple of potential downsides to consider. The first is that while many people find the scent of the gel to be unobtrusive, some find it unpleasant. In very hot weather, the gel may evaporate. And finally, it isn’t strong enough to clean a very large room, so if you have an open plan home you may need to get several to see any benefit from using it.
8. SG Natural Bamboo Charcoal Deodorizer Bag Power Pack
The #8 choice on our list is a portable all-natural air filter in the form of a charcoal deodorizer bag — the SG Natural Bamboo Charcoal Deodorizer Bag. We like this product because it filters out the air in a room or car without adding any unnatural aroma. One bag can purify the air in a 150-square-foot area. One of the nicest things about this product is that it’s both all-natural and “rechargeable.” You can rejuvenate the charcoal by placing the bag out in the sun for about 1-2 hours every four days or so. It’s also great for removing refrigerator odors, pet odors, and bathroom odors.
The downside of this product is that it’s not as powerful as some of the other fresheners on this list. If you have a very strong smell of smoke in your home or an open-plan house, you might need to buy several to get the job done. However, they are affordable enough that it might be worth the trade-off to get what you need.
7. Smoke Odor Exterminator 7 Oz Mulberry & Spice
If you’d prefer to have some control over the aroma added to your home, you may want to consider our #7 pick, the Smoke Odor Exterminator in Mulberry & Spice. This air freshener has a warm and inviting fragrance that goes a long way toward getting rid of the smell of cigarettes. (We’re linking to the Mulberry & Spice scent, but this spray is available in a total of 26 scents.) It’s far more effective than the run-of-the-mill air fresheners you can buy in stores because it contains special enzymes to eliminate smoke.
The downside of this product is that it is a spray and as such, it may need to be reapplied to be effective. It’s also worth noting that since scent preferences are personal, what appeals to one person may not appeal to another. It’s definitely more expensive than the usual air fresheners, but we think it’s worth the price.
6. Activated Bamboo Charcoal Air Purifier
The #6 item on our list is the Activated Bamboo Charcoal Air Purifier, which comes in a 5-bag set that you can use in your home or car. The set includes a large, 200-gram bag of activated bamboo charcoal and four smaller bags. We like it because, like the other charcoal item on our list, it deodorizes your home without adding any artificial odors or chemicals. The fact that this is a set makes it very convenient. The large bag is perfect for your main living area, and the smaller bags can be used for your car, small rooms, or even in your refrigerator. They can be reactivated by letting them sit out in the sun for a few hours.
There are a few things to keep in mind with these bags. First, this product will take a few days to work. The charcoal is powerful but it won’t work instantaneously. Second, if you’re looking for an air freshener to add a fragrance to your home or car, this won’t do it. And finally, if you have a very large house or years of smoke to remove, you may need to get several sets to get the job done.
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5. PremAir Scents (Green) – Home & Car Air Freshener & Burning Oil
Our #5 pick is this set of two 1-ounce bottles of oil that can be used either as a spray or as a burning oil. It comes in several scents, including Black Ice, Cherry Bomb, Lavender, Strawberry, Tropical Colada, and Vanilla Pineapple, so there’s something for everybody. A little bit of these scents goes a long way, and they can really help neutralize almost any odor, including cigarette and cigar smoke.
The downside of these oils is that their effect is temporary. They don’t filter the odors out of air, they cover them. The scents are very pleasant but some may be more appealing than others. However, if you are looking for an inexpensive way to cover up the smell of smoke, these oils are a good choice.
4. O-Ion B-1000 Permanent Filter Ionic Air Purifier Pro Ionizer with UV-C Sanitizer
Coming in at #4 on our list is the O-Ion B-1000 Permanent Filter Ionic Air Purifier. We like this filter because it does more than simply mask the scent of smoke, it actually eliminates it and cleans the air. It uses just 7.4 Watts of energy, and the filter’s fan is so quiet that you’ll barely notice it. It will get rid of cigarette and cigar smoke, but it will also take care of pet odors, mold, and bacteria – and it kills microbes with UV technology.
There are a few potential negatives. First, this filter is significantly more expensive than charcoal bags or deodorizing sprays. Also, it comes with a built in LED nightlight, and if you intend to have the filter in your bedroom you’ll have to cover it with tape if you want the room to be really dark.
3. Breathe Fresh Air HEPA Filter Ionic Ionizer Air Purifier with UV Sterilizer and 2 Ceramic Ozone Plates
The #3 product on our list is the Breathe Fresh Air HEPA Filter. We love this product because it can purify the air in large spaces – up to 3600 square feet. It’s extremely efficient, and the combination of ionization with UV filtering kills the overwhelming majority of odors, spores, bacteria, and even viruses. It’s not the least expensive item on the market, but we thinks its efficiency makes up for it.
On the downside, this unit does actually produce ozone – and for people who are worried about the environment that may be a turn-off. While it doesn’t add a fragrance to the air, many people dislike the scent of ozone, so keep that in mind.
2. Ivation Ozone Generator Air Purifier, Ionizer & Deodorizer
Coming in at #2 on our list is the Ivation Ozone Generator Air Purifier. We like this product because it’s a real powerhouse. It’s small, but it can take on 3500 square feet of living space. It’s also attractive, encased in a cherry-stained cabinet that can help it blend in with the décor of your house. It works quietly and efficiently, eliminating smoke, pet odors, allergens, mold, and microbes, and killing them with UV technology.
There isn’t much we don’t like about this product, but it is an ozone producer. For people who are sensitive to the smell that may be a turn-off. However, we really like the fact that this filter can virtually eliminate indoor allergic reactions.
1. OION LB-8001 5-in-1 Air Cleaning System with True HEPA, UV-C, Ionizer, PCO Filtration, and Odor Reduction Air Purifier
Our number one pick is the OION 5-in-1 Air Cleaning System. We like it because it has five airflow speeds so that you can adjust its intensity to clean spaces from 250 square feet up to 3500 square feet. While it does have an ozone option, you can turn it off or on as you wish. The UV option takes care of germs, spores, and bacteria – and the cleanable filter allows you to get those toxins out of your home as soon as possible.
There aren’t many downsides of this product, but it is more expensive than many of the other items on our list. As stated above, many people don’t like the smell of ozone – but since that feature doesn’t have to be on for the purifier to work, you can simply leave it off if you don’t like it.
Whether you prefer a low-tech option like a charcoal bag or a room spray, or a high-tech ionizer, the ten air fresheners on this list can help you eliminate the odors of cigarette and cigar smoke from your home, car or office.