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How to Get Rid of Smoke Smell From a House

Last week, my mom bought a new home. The former owners were heavy smokers, so the home had been on the market for eight months with few offers. The former owner's family didn't want to clean it, so the price kept dropping. My mom offered half of what they were asking, and they accepted. She got a great deal, but we had a lot of work to do!  Here's what we did to get rid of the smoke smell in her home. Paint The first thing we did was paint the ceilings with Kilz paint . Regular paint won't always cover the smell, but Kilz works great. She didn't want to paint the walls, so we moved on to the next step. Walls To wash the walls, you'll need a lot of rags, several buckets, and a cleaner. First, we scrubbed every surface, nook, and cranny with diluted Purple Power . It's a concentrated degreaser found in the automotive department at Walmart for about $5 a gallon.  We used about a cup per gallon of water. We would scrub a 2-3 foot section of wall and