¿Cómo eliminar el olor a hollín de la chimenea de leña?

How to remove the smell of soot from the house?


Those of us who enjoy and love having a fireplace or wood-burning stove in our home will never give up the warmth and comfort it brings to our homes. Having a wood-burning stove or fireplace in your home has many advantages, but sometimes the smell of smoke from the fireplace or cooker can be unpleasant if we do not pay enough attention to cleaning and maintenance.

Why do these smells occur? We should know that these smells are produced by the air passing through the channel when there is an excess of soot or dirt.

Tips to neutralise chimney smells

There are several tips that will help you to eliminate the smell of soot from the chimney and even any unwanted odour that we find in our house.

Before going through these tips, we would like to point out that the most important thing is to renew the air in the house on a daily basis, at least for 5 minutes in the morning.

Now, let’s go with these tricks!

white vinegar

Yes, yes, as you hear! White vinegar is one of the best odour neutralisers there is. How can we use it?

  • By filling several glasses with the vinegar and spreading them around the room where the odour is. Depending on the size of the room, one or two glasses will be enough.
  • For furniture, walls and the fireplace, you can mix in a bucket of water and white vinegar. Wipe the surface with a cloth.
  • You can use a rag and moisten it with white vinegar. Shake it around the room and it will reduce the smell.

Glass of white vinegar to remove soot smell from the chimney


Salt reduces soot residue. Pour a handful of salt when the chimney is in operation. The less soot, the less odour.

Salt to remove excess soot from the wood-burning chimney

baking soda

Sprinkle a small layer on the furniture and leave it on overnight. The next day, vacuum it up well so as not to leave any residue.

Baking soda to remove smoke odour from furniture

activated charcoal

This type of product is effective because it is very porous and absorbs odours very easily. The procedure is based on filling several glasses or containers with water and placing small amounts of activated charcoal inside. Then spread them around the room.

Activated carbon mixed with water to neutralise odours

Vanilla essence

Place a few drops of vanilla essence on a piece of cotton wool and place it under the furniture and corners of the room.

Extract with vanilla essence to neutralise chimney odours

Scented candles

Minimise the smell of smoke. It should be noted that this is a solution for a specific moment, but we recommend the previous options much more.

Scented candles to neutralise smoke odour

If you have any questions, please feel free to ask us! We hope this post has served as a guide. Take a look at our blog and find solutions and recommendations to help you with your fireplace or wood stove.

Visit our online store for Panadero wood stoves. If you have any questions or need help choosing the right stove, don’t hesitate to contact us. We will be happy to help you.

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One response to “How to remove the smell of soot from the house?”

  1. Thank you for letting me know that unwanted odor in our house can be absorbed by activated charcoal. My friend was able to remove the could odor in their outdoor kitchen. Now she wants to improve their outdoor kitchen design to make it more inviting.

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