Today's smokers have become educated to the needs of other thanks to the smoking regulations. I for one can relate since I hyper sensitive to smoke and can smell it from inside others peoples cars, on the clothing of others, outside my home, etc.
Rude? absolutely not...but understand that are other ways of dealing with this issue as well. Simply shutting a window in their presence should send an unspoken message that you are having an issue. Any individual sensitive to the needs of others will get this loud and clear.
Considering placing a fan in the window that blows the air outward should make a difference as well.
Above all, advocate for yourself but do so in a diplomatic and sensitive manner that takes into consideration their needs as well.
In a bucket, combine 1 cup of white vinegar, 2 cups of warm water and 1 tbsp. of baking soda. Place the large sponge in the vinegar mixture and squeeze out the excess moisture. Wipe down the walls, ceilings, baseboards and windows with the sponge. The vinegar will help neutralize the smoke odor and clean the smoke residue off the walls.
Dust the carpets in your home with baking soda. Let the baking soda sit for a day before you vacuum it up. By letting it sit one day, it will help give the baking soda time to absorb the smoke smell.
Clean the carpets in your home. You can have a professional carpet cleaner clean your home's carpets or you can rent a carpet shampooer and do it yourself. If you rent a carpet shampooer, make sure to follow the manufacturer's directions. A carpet shampooer may require a few extra passes on the carpet in order to thoroughly clean the carpet. If the carpet smells really bad, it may need to be removed and replaced.
Use a paintbrush to paint the walls with a fresh coat of paint, which will help neutralize the smoke odor in your home. Make sure to paint the walls after they have been cleaned.... more