While you may have made the decision to quit smoking to help slow the progression of your Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), the people you live with may not be willing to make the same commitment just yet. We found some ways that will help you live with a smoker in harmony.
Nix Smoking Indoors
Work with the smoker to create a new rule that all smoking stays outside. While it may be inconvenient to the smoker, it will maintain your comfort and help you live in a COPD irritant-free environment.
Now that you’ve gotten the smoker to take the smoking outside, it’s time to clear the house of the smell. Try using an air purifier to help neutralize the indoor smoking odor. You can also set out bowls of white vinegar or open packages of baking soda. These methods of neutralizing the air will also help keep out the scent of smoke that may drift in from outside.
Choose the Right Clothing
The smell of smoke can penetrate clothing, so ask the smoker to wear the same jacket, sweatshirt, or t-shirt when they go outside to smoke. When they come back in, have them hang it in the same spot to contain the odor to one area. Add it to the laundry each week to keep the smell from becoming overwhelming.
Wash Out the Smoke Smell
Now that you’ve quit smoking, it may be difficult to rid your clothes of the smoke smell they may be carrying. If the smoke smell is still there after a few washes, try hanging your clothes out to dry. If the smell still won’t go away, add a can of cola to your washing machine. The ingredients in the cola will help pull out the smoke odor.
Source: holmesproducts.com, Accessed: 1/18/17