A number of people enjoy burning inside its in their home but this is a very personal choice. Even the most soothing lavender fragrance can become overwhelming after a while. It can start to cause headaches and make someone feel nauseous if the room is not well ventilated. Some people are simply offended by any type of incense. To them, it all just smells stinky, period.
The problem with burning incense in a room is that it contains oils which cling to surfaces. If the occupants of the room were not diligent in keeping its surfaces clean, it’s possible to for someone to move into a space and inherit the previous owner or tenant’s smell as well as the space. For someone who is not a fan of incense, this disinherited reek would be particularly offensive. The room simply would never smell clean. For that reason, we’ve included tips for dealing with making the room shipshape, and dealing with any residual stink that might have gotten into clothing as well.
How to Get Rid of Incense Smell from Room
1 Degrease Treatment for Walls and Trim
Clean the walls with a degreasing all-purpose cleaner. You will want to use something like Lestoil for this purpose. Make sure to wash the baseboards, ceiling and any wooden floors thoroughly as well. Rinse with plain water and allow to dry thoroughly.
2 Treat Walls with TSP
You can buy TSP (Trisodium Phosphate) a paint shop or hardware store. It is a cleaner that is used to prepare surfaces for painting. Mix up a mild solution of the cleaner with water and use it to wash down the walls would work and your ceiling. Be sure to read the directions carefully, since this product will take the shine off of painted surfaces if you use a high concentration of powder to water in the mix.
3 Activated Charcoal Solution
Activated charcoal will absorb gnarly odors in the room or closet that has been exposed to incense. The best part about this solution is that you can recharge the charcoal by placing it outdoors or baking it in the oven if it starts to lose its door-absorbing qualities. (Read the instructions on the packaging for specific instructions if you decide to put it in the oven.) Simply place the charcoal on plates and leave it out in various locations throughout the space. It may take several days for you to notice a difference, but over time the smell from the incense should dissipate.
4 Ammonia the Stank Out of the Room
If you have the luxury of being able to close up the room for time, try filling the bowl with ammonia. Leave it for a few days. When you come back, the incense smell should be gone. You can also try using white vinegar or bowls of baking soda instead.
5 Pet Store Enzyme Cleaner
You can find a solution to your problem of getting the smell of incense out of your carpet and furniture by paying a visit to your pet store. Nature’s Miracle is a product used to clean up pet accidents. It contains enzymes to break down unpleasant odors. It will work its way into soft surfaces like your carpet and fabric furniture to get rid of the stank from the intense. Use it with a rug shampoo or spray it onto the floor, let it soak in for a few minutes, and then shampoo it back up. For furniture, use the furniture attachment.
Remove Incense Smell from Clothes
1 Spray with Fabric Refresher
Give the affected clothing a spritz with some Febreze or another fabric refresher spray. As it dries, it will eliminate the odor from the fabric. If the problem is a minor one, this may be all you need.
2 Spritz with Rubbing Alcohol Solution
Mix up a mild solution of rubbing alcohol and water. Use 1 part rubbing alcohol to 10 parts water. Put it in a spray bottle. Give the clothes a light misting. As they dry, the smell from the incense will leave them. The alcohol will evaporate very quickly.
3 Use an Ozone Generator
Clothing should be deodorized before it is cleaned. Otherwise the incense odor could become set in the fabric. Ozone generators can be rented, or you could choose to buy one. Hang the clothing up in the room place the ozone generator inside and run it for a few hours the machine turns oh zone into oxygen and eliminates the incense smell.
4 Take the Clothes Outside
Fresh air and sunshine can do wonders for getting rid of many types of stinky smells, including ones from incense. You can hang up your items outside or place them on a clean sheet in a sunny spot. Leave them outside for several hours. Check them to make sure the smell is gone before taking them inside again.