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Old 17.03.2011, 16:37
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I wouldn't recommend that. It is not the best way to discover electrical problems at the same time.

Far better to hold a piece of tissue paper or similar near anywhere that may be a vent.
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Tissue paper is unlikely to be sensitive enough to pick up this weak airflow.
Smoke from a lit cigarette would be a good way to detect a draught....




I heard that's how your neighour tests his sockets.
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Old 17.03.2011, 16:39
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I suppose you could try putting some rotting fish in your daughter's bedroom and wait to see which neighbour complains...
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Re: Cigarette smoke in daughters bedroom

Baking soda is very good as an odor absorber as well. You can buy it from any of the American stores. Link below.



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http://www.americanmarket.ch/ (see under baking powder and soda)
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Old 17.03.2011, 16:54
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Re: Cigarette smoke in daughters bedroom

Ja, Baking Soda (Bicarbonate of Soda) .... called Natrum here, is available in most shops. You need to look for a box of it, as the little packets stacked with all the Baking Items is a bit minimal for deoderizing work, but maybe ok for one bedroom.

A saucer of plain old vinegar also works. I used to, in the olden ancient days, when everyone smoked in house at parties, put saucers of vinegar behind all the furniture, and next day there was no stink.
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Ja, Baking Soda (Bicarbonate of Soda) .... called Natrum here, is available in most shops. You need to look for a box of it, as the little packets stacked with all the Baking Items is a bit minimal for deoderizing work, but maybe ok for one bedroom.

A saucer of plain old vinegar also works. I used to, in the olden ancient days, when everyone smoked in house at parties, put saucers of vinegar behind all the furniture, and next day there was no stink.
Didn't it smell like vinegar instead? When I decalk my egg boiler with vinegar, it is all over the house and my kids complain
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Ja, Baking Soda (Bicarbonate of Soda) .... called Natrum here, is available in most shops. You need to look for a box of it, as the little packets stacked with all the Baking Items is a bit minimal for deoderizing work, but maybe ok for one bedroom.

A saucer of plain old vinegar also works. I used to, in the olden ancient days, when everyone smoked in house at parties, put saucers of vinegar behind all the furniture, and next day there was no stink.
And all the tar deposits on the walls, ceilings and curtains disappeared as well
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Didn't it smell like vinegar instead? When I decalk my egg boiler with vinegar, it is all over the house and my kids complain
In those olden days what the kids thought about cleaning products was what I would now describe as "Egal"...... It got rid of the cigarette smell which is worse than vinegar. Ah ha .... but I think maybe the Bicarb sprinkled over the carpets and furniture may have absorbed the vinegar smell....... Oh the good old days, when kids had more important things to do outdoors than complain about indoor odours....... Was only us old people who cared what anything stank like.
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Old 17.03.2011, 17:23
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In those olden days what the kids thought about cleaning products was what I would now describe as "Egal"...... It got rid of the cigarette smell which is worse than vinegar. Ah ha .... but I think maybe the Bicarb sprinkled over the carpets and furniture may have absorbed the vinegar smell....... Oh the good old days, when kids had more important things to do outdoors than complain about indoor odours....... Was only us old people who cared what anything stank like.
and everyone thought cigarettes were actually good for you....

(I'm not sure of your age - I'm just guessing )
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And all the tar deposits on the walls, ceilings and curtains disappeared as well
Oh no. In those days of ancient we used to wash things like that with hot water and soap.
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Old 17.03.2011, 17:39
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Re: Cigarette smoke in daughters bedroom

My grandmother moved into an apartment and had the same problem. The issue was that the neighbor's second hand smoke was coming in through the ventilation system. She resolved it by arranging with the landlord to move her into a different unit.

P.S. All these tricks y'all have to get rid of odors... y'all must be some stinky peeps. I've never had to buy vinegar or baking soda. Geesh!
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Old 17.03.2011, 17:40
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There's only one thing for it:

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Old 17.03.2011, 17:41
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and everyone thought cigarettes were actually good for you....

(I'm not sure of your age - I'm just guessing )
"Good for you" never entered the equation! You either smoked or did not smoke, depending on whether you could afford to or not.

But then, we never had stuff like Bromide in the bread we ate, or pesticides in our vegetables and fruits, or toxic air from vehicle and factory overload ...... etc etc ... And Mummy never had an auto to drive us anywhere, we walked, or ran (barefoot!)......................and you know how far I had to walk to school in my day?.......

Hahahaaa..... ja .. you can now tell my age by how I can run off about stuff like that hey?! And I`ll even give you a hint ..... about to be Great Grandmother.

So anyways ..... Use Vinegar or Bicarb for smells. Or go buy a big can of Jasmine Air Conditioner containing that CO2 stuff that seems to be destroying the Ozone layer (but I don`t believe that story anyway).....
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There's only one thing for it:

Haaaa .... "Shake and Vac"!!! Always reminds me of Cat Pee. You end up with flavourized cat pee smell ... or wet dog overlaid with flavour of the month......

But that`s only because everyone with cats and dogs used it.

It just contains Bicarb! (with a bit of aroma to disguise the "scent" of animal)
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Old 17.03.2011, 18:29
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Re: Cigarette smoke in daughters bedroom

I once moved into an appartment that had previously been inhabited by a heavy smoker. Despite thoroughly cleaning everything, the smell prevailed so I assumed it muts be coming from somewhere else. But it did eventually go away so maye it's somehow just in the walls and will eventually stop.
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I once moved into an appartment that had previously been inhabited by a heavy smoker. Despite thoroughly cleaning everything, the smell prevailed so I assumed it muts be coming from somewhere else. But it did eventually go away so maye it's somehow just in the walls and will eventually stop.
Or...maybe you just got used to it.....? One thing, I have found, that seems to take away the old stink of cigarette smoke, is to use a very good quality essential oil of Opium..... hard to find, otherwise Lavender ..... about 4 drops into water in the top of one of those tea-light burner things (forgotten its name, but you know what I mean?)

Opium or Lavender ..... or YlangYlang. NOT Rose. Rose smells like public toilet freshener.
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One thing, I have found, that seems to take away the old stink of cigarette smoke, is to use a very good quality essential oil of Opium.....
Now isn't that casting out devils by Beelzebub
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I once moved into an appartment that had previously been inhabited by a heavy smoker. Despite thoroughly cleaning everything, the smell prevailed so I assumed it muts be coming from somewhere else. But it did eventually go away so maye it's somehow just in the walls and will eventually stop.
If you want to get rid of it completely, it's a very expensive renovation.
Removal of wallpaper, maybe even trappings.
Most landlords will avoid that.
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Re: Cigarette smoke in daughters bedroom

Back to the original problem, my office is in a brand new residential apartment, and it has this air circulation system that pulls air in from outside, and if someone smokes downstairs near the entry way, I get the smell in my office - seems that my office is the first point of entry for the air and the inlet must be near the front door to the building...

Maybe you could ask the house warden if they know where the main inlet is for the air circulation system ?
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Re: Cigarette smoke in daughters bedroom

In my old flat the people downstairs used to smoke a lot around the time I went to bed (I got up early, they stayed up late..) their living room was below my bedroom, so i could smell it while I was trying to go to sleep. It literally came up through the floorboards.

As a long term effort you could befriend the people downstairs, then once you get to know them ask them if they could open a window when they're smoking? This was my plan (although I moved out before I got to the asking bit). My thinking was the smoke would diffuse into the outside air instead of just drifting up into my room.

Surely most people will feel guilty enough about making a little girl's room smell of smoke to try and help? Maybe?
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Surely most people will feel guilty enough about making a little girl's room smell of smoke to try and help? Maybe?
Most people..... I wish!

When I was pregnant, I had this problem with my neighbours and obviously, they thought it was definitely my problem not theirs... I tried the nice smiles, nice chats, nice everything...

Didn't get better when I had the newborn... Again it was not their problem.

It is their rights, right? So we moved.
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