Here’s How to Get Rid of Weed Smell (Because No One Needs to Know When You’ve Smoked)
If you’ve ever visited the Netherlands, Canada or one of the states with relaxed marijuana laws, there’s a chance you’ve (legally) enjoyed the mind-altering drug known as marijuana. Weed is great for relaxing, producing a mild euphoria and basically having a really chilled out time — just ask viral sensation Frederick Miller. While the drug does have relaxing benefits, it also features a pungent aroma. If you like to smoke pot, or if you smoke pot for medicinal purposes, but don’t want everyone to know, you probably want to know how to get rid of weed smell.
We’re not suggesting anyone smoke weed illegally. We’re simply saying that even in the most law-abiding households, there are plenty of reasons the average weed smoker may wish to free their home of that identifying smell, much in the same way a cigarette smoker might want to get rid of the associated scent, too. Whether your parents are visiting and you’d rather they didn’t know or you’re hosting colleagues at a dinner party, you’ll need to know how to get rid of weed smell.
Below, we’ve created a how to guide with 10 of the best options for clearing your home and your person of weed’s distinctive smell. There are options for all kinds of smokers, whether you smoke every week, every month or are just looking to try it once in a while without a lasting impact on your home. Take a look through the list, and find the right option for your weed odor removal needs.
1. Conceal Your Stash With Natural Odor Deodorizers
Every college student has tried the old dryer sheets in a paper towel tube trick. But there are far better ways to mask the smell of weed. One of the cheapest ways to ensure no one discovers your stash is to mask the natural odor using an odor deodorizer like this one. Place one of these Marsheepy natural bamboo charcoal purifying bags in the bag with your stash and no one will know you’ve got some of the green stuff tucked away. The sealed linen bag absorbs moisture in the air and holds it inside along with your odors. These are completely natural without synthetic fragrances or harsh chemicals so there’s no need to worry about your weed being contaminated by foreign fragrance, and they only require a 2-hour sun recharge once a month.
2. Don’t Forget About Your Breath
Most people focus on the space in which pot was smoked when trying to remove weed smell. But simply cleaning carpets, clothes and countertops won’t get rid of the smell completely. That’s because, like cigarettes, weed does leave a scent on your breath. To make sure you get rid of every ounce of weed smell, use a strong mouthwash, like the Listerine Ultraclean Mouthwash . As an added benefit, the mouthwash also works to clean your mouth and teeth every time you use it.
3. Use Incense
If there’s one smell which is more recognizable than weed, it’s incense. That’s why it might be a good idea to try and cover your tracks by filling your home with the smell of incense instead. If anyone asks, just tell them that’s incense they’re smelling, and even show them if they aren’t convinced. The Mag Champa Incense is a great option to keep in your cupboard at home. This set includes a range of different scents, including sandalwood, jasmine and sunrise, and with 12-15 sticks in every box, you won’t run out for some time.
4. Clean Surfaces With a Strongly Scented Spray
Although most people consider weed smell to mostly settle in the air and into fabrics, the scent can actually penetrate harder surfaces. That’s why it’s essential to regularly wipe down countertops, furniture and any other fixtures in your smoking spot. Using a strongly scented cleaning spray, like the J.R. Watkins All-Purpose Cleaner will help do double duty in that regard. Not only will the spray clean the surfaces, natural aloe and green tea scent will cover your weed smell swimmingly. The naturally calming scent will also mellow you out even more and the lack of harsh chemicals is better for your health overall.
5. Try a Candle Made for the Purpose
While burning any kind of scented candle is sure to have some beneficial effect on eliminating the smell of weed from your room, the next level up is choosing a candle designed specifically for the purpose of getting rid of that oh-so-obvious weed smell. The Cannabolish Smoke Odor Eliminating Candle uses a natural scent blend which has been perfected over 30 years to eliminate unwanted smoke odors of all kinds. This candle only contains natural ingredients, including beeswax, soy wax and a range of non-toxic plant oils. To get the best results, light the candle 30 minutes before you start smoking.
6. Exhale Into a Sploof
One easy way to deal with the smell of weed is to never let it escape into your home. This method, favored by smokers who would prefer to keep their pot habits undiscovered, involves exhaling through a “sploof.” Such devices turn smoke into clean air. While homemade sploofs use dryer sheets and toilet rolls to achieve this goal, why not try the Sploofy V3 Supermax for a more comfortable and effective answer? It’s lab-tested to remove 99.97% of .3um particles and features a three-stage HEPA filtration system for maximum effect. Plus, it has a cute little stoner ghost on the case.
7. Spray an Air Freshener
People trust air fresheners when it comes to covering up offensive odors in the bathroom, and there’s no reason an air freshener can’t do the same when it comes to ridding your home of the smell of weed. These handy aerosol cans can be sprayed at the site of the problem. They work to eliminate airborne odors and fight bacteria and germs, too. Give the Ozium Air Sanitizer Spray a try. It’s clinically proven to fight odors with an emphasis on removing smoking-related smells, not just masking them like some competing products.
8. Put Odor-Absorbing Gel in Front of Your Vents
Countless stoners have tried to learn how to get rid of weed smell, but this is one cleaning hack that few smokers have considered. Odor-absorbing gels do exactly what they advertise. By placing one of these effective odor-absorbing devices in front of your vents in the room where you regularly smoke or directly next to the source of the smell, the gels work to remove the telltale weed smell from your space. Plus, these wide-ranging gels can neutralize pet odor, stinky trash smells and unpleasant mildew stink, too. Try the Fresh Wave Odor Removing Gel for a well-reviewed answer to the problem. It comes in a handy pot and is free from harsh chemicals, synthetic perfumes and phthalate.
9. Invest in an Air Purifier
Investing in an air purifier, like the One Earth Health Air Purifier , is a great idea as these devices will actually eliminate and neutralize odors directly from the air. Not only will an air purifier remove the piney, slightly skunky grass smell of weed, it can also work on other smells in your home, leaving the air you breathe cleaner than ever before. In addition, the One Earth purifier runs whisper quiet and sports a compact, portable design, meaning it’s great for use at home and can easily be taken to friend’s houses, too. It’s capable of covering rooms up to 500 square feet and sports a built-in, 30-minute timer.
10. Use the Window + Fan Method
If you’ve tried everything else on our list, it may be time to try out a more conventional answer. Start by opening a window (opening two windows will create a wind tunnel effect, which works even better), and then turn on a fan to move the air from inside your room out. It’s a better idea to have a fan with a large stand built-in, like this Honeywell Double Blade Pedestal Fan , so you can set it up, point it in the right direction and leave it running until the room is clear of the telltale smell. This is an effective answer to most bad smells and works well in combination with any other methods on this list, too. Sometimes, when it comes to getting rid of weed smell, the simplest methods are the most effective.
11. Invest in an Odor Control Storage Method
Due to increased popularity and regularity of the substance in popular culture, there are now companies with the sole purpose of creating storage options for frequent smokers. One of them is STASHLOGIX, a brand that’s created somewhat of a weed lunchbox with an odor trapping gasket and liner inside as well as adjustable dividers for different sized buds and a waterproof zipper. On the beach and the tide comes in all over your stuff? Your weed will be safe. It’s also got a combination zipper lock for keeping your stash secure and this product comes with a lifetime warranty so you won’t have to worry about it wearing out and letting the smells loose.
If you enjoy marijuana but don’t want everyone to know when you’ve smoked, learn how to get rid of weed smell for good.
What are the best ways to get rid of the smell of cannabis?
Cannabis, as we’re well aware, is a flower. One of the primary functions of flowers is to create terpenes, odoriferous chemicals designed by nature to attract pollinators and ward off predators. These pungent compounds can be one of the best and worst parts of enjoying cannabis. The rich smell of fresh, sticky weed can be as intoxicating as the perfume of a long-lost lover.
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How to get rid of weed smell in your house after smoking
Unfortunately, weed smell can also be a dead giveaway that alerts others to your preferably private ritual. And while cannabis may be consumed for medicinal and adult-use purposes throughout the country, federal prohibition continues to govern public perception, which can still trend negative. If you want to be mindful of your neighbors or simply want your cannabis habits to stay under the radar, respect and privacy can be preserved with a few handy tricks to mask the smell of cannabis on your person or inside your home.
The classic approach: Sai baba, satya, nag champa, agarbatti incense
Nag Champa is an incense commonly burnt in ashrams. The scent is neither masculine or feminine and usually contains a mixture of the following ingredients:
- Champa flower
- Benzoin resinoid (Styrax tonkinensis)
- Henna (Lawsonia inermis)
- Geranium (Pelargonium graveolens)
- Indian sandalwood (Santalum album)
The classic aroma was transplanted in the west at the end of the hippie trail and has remained a welcome scent for practitioners of yoga, meditation, and cannabis consumption. This is more than a great way to get rid the smell of weed; the incense smoke can also pull double duty to visually mask the cannabis smoke if it’s still lingering.
The hippie approach: Patchouli oil
This aromatic oil is a hippie hallmark and doubles as a great way to mask weed smell. Made from the small pink and white flowers of the patchouli plant, this oil is known for its pleasant, lasting scent and supposed antidepressant and aphrodisiac qualities. Certainly makes sense to me: enjoy a doobie, dab some patchouli behind the ears, smell nice, and make love, not war.
The homemaker approach: Febreeze
A household staple for many Americans living with gassy pets and gassier spouses or roommates, Febreeze is a trigger-action odor eliminator. This is not the end-all, be-all of cannabis smell reduction, but for a fresh scent in a pinch, it’s a solid option.
The toilet bowl approach: Matches with the bathroom fan on
One of the sneakier moves to avoid weed smell on the list, the toilet bowl is an act of desperation at its core. You can’t go outside but you can’t consume inside; it’s a risky move no matter how you slice it. But if you must, bring along stick matches (preferably) and flip the switch on the fan. The combusting sulfur and wood smoke of the stick matches should cover a hit or two and the fan should take care of the rest.
The smoke eliminator approach: Ozium
Ozium is a classic smoke eliminator that every cannabis enthusiast can use. It’s an air freshener with a vanilla and lemon-type scent that literally grabs smoke out of the air and punches it into another realm. While it won’t completely mask the scent, it’s a great base for all of the scents you’re about to throw into the atmosphere.
The air freshener approach: Black Ice Little Trees Car Freshener
Black Ice is one of the most overwhelming scents known to man (and woman). Like, if someone would’ve had Black Ice on their person in Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, they’d have had absolutely no chance of getting close enough to catch Blue—because you can seriously smell it from like, eight miles away.
Grab a pack and place them strategically around the area you need to render nug-smells, and with the help of all your aforementioned other scents, it’s guaranteed to be the knockout punch for any remaining cannabis odors.
The last resort: Burnt popcorn
The smell of burning popcorn could make a house fire just smell like another movie night gone wrong. In my experience, few smells mask other odors better and linger in the air longer than an accidentally burnt bag of microwavable popcorn.
But beware! Respect the very delicate balance between burnt for effect and just burning the hell out of it. While the room may no longer smell of cannabis, the fire alarm is literally the loudest signal of domestic failure known to man, and that’s not the perception cannabis needs, either.
Preventing weed smell before and during smoking
Smoking in the shower
Another bathroom consumption method is to smoke your cannabis while the shower is running. Turn the shower to maximum hotness; creating steam is the primary goal here because the smoke smell will dissipate along with the steam being sucked into your bathroom fan. This is traditionally called a “Hawaiian Hotbox.” For some added cannabis odor-masking, place a towel at the bottom of the door or even use a small spritz of your smell-good shower toiletries to replace the smell.
Airtight containers are not hard to come by
A good Tupperware, mason jar, or, if you’re in a pinch, a Ziploc bag inside another Ziploc bag, can really go the distance. There are also other vacuum-sealed containers on the market, like OXO food storage containers, that will work extremely well for storing your pungent cannabis. If you can, get a UV protective airtight container and keep all cannabis plant matter out of both direct and indirect sunlight to preserve its quality over time.
Paper towel or toilet paper roll + rubber band + dryer sheet
It’s that simple—get a toilet paper or paper towel roll, place a fabric softener sheet at the end, and strap it to the roll with a rubber band. The idea is to fill the volume of the roll, so exhale slowly as not to shoot the smoke directly out the other end. Know that cannabis smoke will escape either way, but if done correctly, much of the odor will be diffused.
Buy a smoke filter
Manufactured smoke filters are starting to hit the market. You can try Sploofy—this portable carbon filter is an excellent choice for travelers and cannabis consumers that need to conceal their presence. The Sploofy’s replaceable filter system and nearly magical ability to swallow up enormous clouds of smoke make for potent camouflage on the go or in the home.
Use a vape pen
A vape pen might not completely eliminate the smell of weed, but smoking with a vaporizer will significantly diminish any odors associated with smoking. A decent vape pen is a slightly more substantial investment than an air freshener or popcorn, but it is a more permanent solution to the challenge of minimizing the smell of weed wherever you happen to smoke.
- There are plenty of vape pens and vaporizer products available online with options available at multiple price points appropriate for a variety of budgets.
- Vape pens allow you to smoke wherever you want without having to fill the room with air fresheners, turn on all the fans in your house, or burn a perfectly good bag of microwave popcorn that, frankly, never did anything to deserve it.
- Vape pens aren’t exactly as simple as smoking a joint. Learning to use a vape pen properly means making note of things like your preferred temperature setting and ensuring the battery stays charged and ready for use. Cannabis oil cartridges for vape pens also tend to be more expensive than flower.
How to get rid of weed smell in your hair and on your body
If you don’t want your house or apartment to smell like weed, odds are that you don’t want your breath, hair, or body to smell like cannabis either. Fortunately, there are plenty of products available at just about every grocery store to help mask the smell. When it comes to breath, your best options are a pungent chewing gum, possibly something mint-flavored. Alternatively, you can freshen up that breath by brushing your teeth or gargling some mouthwash. Perfume, cologne, and body spray are excellent options, but it’s important to remember that when it comes to both options, a little goes a long way.
This article was initially published on March 14, 2017. It was most recently updated on March 17, 2020.
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If you want to be mindful of your neighbors or keep your cannabis habits under the radar, try these tricks to mask the smell inside your home.