How to Stop Fragrance & Smoke Coming in From Neighbors


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How to Hide the Smell of Your Stash?

Dried cannabis flowers have a very intense smell. Most of us like it, but some people can’t really stand it.

Whether you are hiding your stash from someone or just don’t want your room to smell like fresh weed, it’s handy to keep these tricks in mind.

Also, you can try combining some of them. Experiment to see which trick works best for your stash.

Plastic bags

Storing your stash in plastic zipper bags or vacuum bags will minimize the smell and will also keep your pot fresh a little bit longer. Freezer bags tend to be thicker and stronger than other types of bags.

Glass or ceramic containers and Mason Jars

Depending on the material itself, cannabis can leave a strong odor on the container you keep it in. That’s why a ceramic or a glass jar with a good rubber seal is a must-have for every pot smoker.

Can You Smell Weed Through Walls?

The smell of marijuana from your neighbor may start to bother you because you notice the odor starting to reach your own space.

The bad news is that yes, you can smell weed through the walls, especially if you’re living near a person who regularly uses marijuana.

You might also enjoy our post on How to Shut Down Your Neighbors Airbnb

My House Smells of Neighbors Weed

While exposure to secondhand smoke from marijuana while you’re just passing will not bring any negative health effects to you, it’s easy to find the smell unpleasant.

In any case, it’s understandable if you want to do everything you can just to stop smelling marijuana.

How to Get Rid of Weed Smell After Smoking

Besides opening the windows and turning on the fan, there are a few more tips and tricks to get rid of marijuana odor fast.

Cook an aromatic meal

If you have to get rid of the smell very quickly, cooking a nice meal in your home is actually not a bad idea.

Choose a recipe with fragrant herbs and spices and be sure to add some garlic or onions into the pan. Those aromatic ingredients will mask the smell of weed almost instantly.

Safety tip: It’s fun to cook while high, but please be extra cautious, and double-check to make sure you turned the stove off when you’re done.


Vinegar can do wonders when it comes to cleaning your house, but also it’s very useful for eliminating odors. The smell of vinegar is not as pleasant as you might expect, but it wears off after an hour or so, taking the marijuana smell with it. Plus, it’s cheap, available in your local store, and you can use it afterward for cooking and cleaning.

To use, boil a cup of vinegar in a saucepan on your stove until the smell spreads throughout the room and masks the weed odor.

Fragrant furniture

The smell of cannabis can be very persistent, especially if you smoke often in one particular room. Fortunately, there are a few ways to get rid of the weed smell from carpets and fabrics.

Baking soda can do wonders when it comes to absorbing smells, plus it’s not harmful. You can simply add a few inches of baking soda into a shallow, wide box or dish and leave it in the room for a few days. It will take some time to absorb any odors, so it’s not a bad idea to just keep a dish in the room before, during, and after smoking.

Activated charcoal has been used for years as a smell neutralizer, especially in industries using gases and liquids. It binds to the odor molecules and attaches them to the surface. You can buy room deodorizer bags that contain activated charcoal or you can buy activated charcoal powder and use it in much the same way as baking soda.

The faster way to get the smell out of your furniture is by spraying odor removers or neutralizers onto it. Don’t forget to read the instructions first, since some of these products are not suitable for all types of fabrics or materials.

Clean yourself up

It’s good practice to at least wash your face and hands after smoking, but it’s best if you can take a shower and wash your hair as well because the hair will probably absorb most of the weed smell.

If you don’t have time for a shower, use odor-neutralizing sprays and at least change your wardrobe. And make sure you wash the clothes you wore while smoking as soon as possible.

Also, we recommend brushing your teeth or chewing gum.

Get some sun

If you’ve smoked on a sunny day, you can use UV rays to clean up. Sunlight neutralizes odors, so a relaxing walk in the sun for 30-45 minutes might do the trick.

Conclusion: How to Deal With Neighbors Smoking Weed

If you’re having a serious problem with your neighbor smoking weed, mainly because you don’t like the smell, there’s always the option of talking to your neighbor. When you talk to your neighbor, you can suggest solutions that may work for both of you.

Talking can also protect your relationship with your neighbor. When you talk in a polite manner, you might be able to suggest using products that can help eliminate odors or have your neighbor take weed in a different form like edibles.

Or better yet, your neighbor might realize how their actions are affecting you and might stop smoking near you.

3. Air Vents Needs To Be Closed

The job of all the indoor vents is to circulate the air. If you’re in a room, even in a living room, smoking it up, the room will quickly be full of smoke.

Obviously, you don’t want all that smoke to be circulated throughout your home via the air ventilation system. If you have a poker night and control your home (dads tend to have this supreme power), you can easily shut off the ventilation.

If you want to prevent the cigarette smell from your oom covering all of your home, you need access to that switch. If you’re hiding your smoking habit from your parents, it’s not the best idea to ‘just go and close the air vents’ cause that screams ‘I’m smoking in my room and I don’t want you guys to know it’.

Does Smoke Always Smell Bad?

When you smell smoke in your house, it may not always be alarming. In some cases, the smoke may smell somewhat pleasant and like you’re grilling food. If you smell something like that, make sure your neighbors aren’t grilling out.

Your nose may be deceiving you of the source when it’s not in your house. But if your neighbors aren’t outside, you shouldn’t ignore the smell.

The smoke may smell good if wood is burning, for example. And if it’s burning slowly, you may not be able to see a fire. So no matter what the smoke smells like, you should contact local authorities for assistance.

3. Control Negative Pressure to Prevent Air Infiltration

Any appliance that moves air out  creates a vacuum

Any appliance that moves air out creates a vacuum that causes air to be sucked in through any route it can find. This is usually through small leaks that are found all over most buildings. This is the main way that contaminants are getting pulled into the building.

Even if you air-sealed as much as you can from the interior side, there is only so much you can do after a home is built. Plus when you are running exhaust in any way air still needs to come back in from somewhere, so you can’t stop this from happening in unpredictable ways and locations (unless you have dedicated “make up air”, which is not very common).

Which appliances create negative pressure:

  • Portable AC units that have only one hose (use a dual hose portable AC unit instead)
  • Exhaust fans in bathrooms
  • Exhaust fans/range hoods over the stove or microwave if they exhaust to the outside (not just those grease catchers)
  • Central vacuums
  • Dryers
  • Some woodstoves

When you run these appliances you are essentially pulling in air through any little place it can and this causes your neighbor’s chemicals or outdoor contaminants like smoke to infiltrate the house.

To stop this from happening only run these at times of the day when the offending pollutant is not being used by your neighbors or in the community.

If that is not possible you will want to provide easy access to make up air through a window that is not on the side of the building where the fragrance, smoke, or pesticides are coming from.

If that also doesn’t work in your situation, you can consider bringing in filtered make up air (see below section).

Call an Electrician

If the fire department discovers a problem with your electrical wiring, you should call an electrician. The fire department should be able to resolve the issue temporarily. But if there’s a problem in one area of your home, it may not be an isolated incident.

An electrician can go through your entire home and ensure all of your connections are safe. They can recommend changes you can make to reduce the chance of electrical fires in the future.

You should book an appointment each year to ensure everything continues to be safe. Then, you can avoid future issues with your electrical system, fire-related or not.

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