In case you are thinking of burning stuff indoors this weekend, here are some tips for keeping your house smoke free and smoke smell free.
First and foremost, when lighting a fire in your fireplace, open the flue. Chances are, there is a lever somewhere. If you can’t find it, don’t light the fire. However, if you foolishly decide to light it anyhow, here are some instructions on how to rid your house of smoke and smoke smells.
- Put out the fire immediately! Please note that pouring water on it only makes things smokier. Also, bringing in sand from the sandbox to dump on the fire may result in your children thinking it’s time to bring the sandbox indoors for the season – so keep an eye on them. If you have a towel that you don’t mind parting with, wet it and put it on the fire. This third option seems to work best but possibly only after pouring water and dumping sand on the flames.
- Close your bedroom doors! Hopefully you did this prior to your home being completely smoked out. If not, close them before you put out the fire.
- Open all of your exterior windows and doors. And hope to hell it’s not freezing cold out there. If you have fans, put them in the windows and doors to blow the smoke outside.
- Stay low. If you have a basement, go there. If not, lie on the floor until the smoke is gone. Unless you can go out, then you should leave the house.
- Spray air freshener everywhere, over and over again. You will need multiple bottles of Febreeze which you should spray all over, every few hours. Also spray all fabric furniture, carpets and lampshades, and all of the shoes in your entryway.
- Wipe down the walls and ceiling with vinegar and water. Don’t forget to wipe down your non-fabric furniture too.
- Launder everything that can be laundered. This includes couch covers, towels from the hall closet, jackets, hats, curtains and doll clothes that were left lying around in the living room.
- Light scented candles and burn the pot-pourri. Then buy more scented candles and light them.
Please note that if you follow all of these instructions, it will still take time for the smoke and the smoke smell to dissipate.
In case you’re wondering, we’ve been pretty busy lately. I’ll have to get to the Halloween preparations next week.
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