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How To Remove Weed Smell: Methods That Work

How To Remove Weed Smell: Methods That Work

Cannabis smell can be quite potent and linger in your home or on your clothes. Despite its increasing acceptance and legalization, many people prefer to keep their cannabis use discreet, especially if they live with non-users. Understanding why the smell is so strong is key to eliminating it.

Let's dive into our favorite methods to when it comes to preventing cannabis odor but also on how to get weed smell out of a home. We can do this by choosing the right smoking techniques, and apply both short-term and long-term solutions to remove weed odors from your surroundings, ensuring family members, roommates or other people are none the wiser.

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What is it that actually smells?

Terpenes are the molecules that are responsible for the many different odors of weed. They also help create the different effects that weed can have. Different kinds of weed have different terpenes, which is why they can smell and feel different.

Limonene terpene

The smell of weed can be stronger or stick around longer based on what kind of weed you're using and how you're using it. Some kinds of weed have more smelly terpenes than others.

Tip: Take the smell of the terpenes into account when buying weed. While it's always tempting to get the dankest and stickiest buds, it will also affect the strength of the smoke or smell you're trying to mask.

Preparing Your Smoking Area

Proper preparation is crucial for minimizing cannabis odors. Follow these steps to ensure your space is ready:

  1. Maximize Ventilation: Open windows and doors to allow fresh air to circulate. Use fans to direct smoke outside. Don't blow air into the room unless you already have an exhaust.
  2. Air Purifiers: Invest in air purifiers with HEPA and carbon filters to capture smoke particles. Ozone generators can also help neutralize odors.
  3. Designate a Smoking Area: Choose a specific room or area, ideally with an exhaust fan, like a bathroom.
  4. Cover Surfaces: Use washable covers for furniture and place towels under doors to prevent smoke from spreading.

By preparing your space, you can significantly reduce the lingering smell of cannabis.

Optimize Your Smoking Techniques

Different smoking methods and devices can significantly affect odor levels. Choosing the right approach can help keep weed smells down:

  1. Strain Selection: Opt for cannabis strains that have milder scents.
  2. Ventilated Areas: Smoke in a well-ventilated bathroom with the shower running hot. The steam helps bind smoke particles, reducing odor.
  3. Directing Airflow: Use fans to blow smoke directly out of a window. Avoid blowing air into the room.
  4. Vaporizers: Consider using a vaporizer instead of smoking. Vaporizers produce less odor and are a discreet alternative.
  5. Outdoor Smoking: Whenever possible, smoke outside or in areas with ample fresh air to prevent the smell from accumulating indoors.

By implementing these techniques, you can minimize the smell of weed and keep your environment fresh.

How to Get Rid of Weed Smell at Home

1. Air purifiers can suck up smoke and odors from the air. Just make sure you get one with a carbon filter as carbon is great at absorbing bad odors.

2. Use essential oils. Mix oils with ethyl alcohol, iso or vodka, into a small spray bottle. This does not only make a better and healthier air freshener, it smells amazing too. Try to go for more masculine odors that goes well with smoke.

3. Open your windows. This goes without saying, but if you're trying to get rid of lingering smoke odors, you need as much fresh air as possible.

4. Put vinegar on a plate. This way the vinegar has as much contact area with the air as possible. While vinegar doesn't smell great, it's amazing at "eating" other smells. Works well in front of a fan. Once it has done its magic, the vinegar smell dissipates quickly.

5. Use mouthwash. No, not just for your mouth after smoking (although you should). It is also great at masking other smells in the same way vinegar does. Just put some in a dish or pour some in the toilet water.

Emergency Home Odor Eliminator

If you need to clear foul odor or cannabis smoke out of a whole house quickly, this trick is super helpful. Mix 1 cup of vinegar and 2 cups of water in a saucepan and boil it. The steam will quickly clear and eat up any odors lingering in the air and on surfaces.

This also works with fabric softener, but only use a capful, and avoid inhaling the steam directly.

Best Air Purifiers for Cannabis

If you find yourself often smoking inside, or if you own a smoking lounge, we highly recommend an air purifier. Something that is wise to own in any case, especially if you live in a city or town with smog. It also helps to make your home a healthier environment overall.

We have listed the best air purifiers for removing cannabis odors in different price ranges and capacities. The most important detail for these purifiers is that they all contain both HEPA and carbon filters.


Winrix AM80

Winrix AM80 Air Purifier for Weed Smell

Great for bedrooms or small closed off areas at home.

Price: $150-250

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Hathaspace 2

Hathaspace 2 Cannabis Air Purifier

Best option for larger rooms in your home.

Price: $419.99

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Austin Air Healthmate Plus

Austin Air Healthmate Plus Best Weed Odor Eliminator

Best for bigger room sizes or professional establishments.

Price: $855

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For a full breakdown, check out this article on the best air purifiers for cannabis smoke.

How to Get Rid of Weed Smell on Your Clothes

Washing your clothes usually gets rid of the weed smell unless you're a cannabis farmer or trimmer. However if you're freshly blazed and need to go do stuff without reeking like a dispensary, this is for you.

Keep a designated spray bottle on hand. These misting spray bottles are great and won't leave any stains or wet patches. Fill them with one of the following solutions to create your own magical DIY odor eliminator. These do not only work great on clothes, but also as air fresheners.

Vinegar & Water Spray

Fill it with a 50/50 mix of vinegar and water, but adjust if it smells too strong or if using strong vinegar.

Fabric Softener

Mix 1 part fabric softener to 10 parts water. You can play around with the quantity until you find the best mix using your fabric softener as it can vary. You can also add a tablespoon of baking soda.

Spray your clothes

Lay your clothes flat (or keep wearing them) and spray with your solution after smoking. Here is where the misting spray bottles shine as they wont leave any wet patches. Don't do this on delicate clothes unless you test on a small part first, to avoid ruining or staining any material. However these solutions are easily washable.

Removing Weed Smell from Your Car

A car's confined space can make weed odor particularly persistent. Start by airing out the vehicle, keeping windows and doors open to promote ventilation.

Car air fresheners can help mask the smell temporarily. For more stubborn odors, you might need to clean the seats and carpets thoroughly. We highly recommend Ozium Odor Eliminator for this if you want a DIY budget detailing.

Ozium Odor Eliminator for Smoke in Cars

Use a mixture of baking soda and water or a specialized fabric cleaner to scrub these areas. If the smell persists, consider professional detailing services, which can provide deep cleaning and ensure all traces of the odor are eliminated.

Other Products to Get Rid of Weed Smell

These are some of our most recommended products when it comes to removing the smell of the sticky icky and any other smoke or unwanted odors.

Ozium Odor Eliminator

Ozium Air Purifier Spray

If you prefer to buy your air freshener, this is the ONLY brand you need. It is even used by car detailers to remove cigarette smoke odor. So cannabis smoke, which is weaker, is a cakewalk. Keep one in every room and your car with the 5-pack.

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Cannabolish Candle

Cannabolish Set

Cannabolish became famous with their amazing candles, and later added other sprays to help fight the last bit of odor. Definitely reduces the cannabis odors and replaces them with a nice and fresh scent. Available in lavender and wintergreen.

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Pet Odor Eliminator

Angry Orange Pet Odor Eliminator

If something can effectively remove the smell of cats, dogs, as well as their poopies, it can definitely remove weed smell. Angry Orange is a popular brand with a signature orange scent, refined from essential oils into their own recipe.

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DIY Solutions for Removing Odors

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Essential Oils

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Small Glass
Spray Bottles

Amber glass spray bottles for essential oils

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Listerine Mouthwash

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It's possible to enjoy weed and still keep your home smelling fresh. This guide gives you ways to keep the smell of weed from getting too strong. It also gives you ways to get rid of the smell if it does build up. The key is to be thoughtful about when and where you smoke. You should also be proactive about keeping the air in your space fresh. We hope these tips help you enjoy your cannabis even more.

About The Author

Agnes Lundgren

Agnes is an experienced cannabis & lifestyle writer, bringing her passion and expertise to our blog. With over 7 years of experience in the industry, Agnes is dedicated to sharing her knowledge and insights on all things cannabis-related. Her love for smoking weed shines through in her engaging and relatable content. Join her on her journey as she uncovers the latest trends, news, and stories in the ever-evolving cannabis landscape.

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