To think if your house is smokier than a victorian city its not 'clean'?

(42 Posts)
YerMaw1989 Thu 11-Oct-12 22:44:12

Not about a specific person just things and a 'type' of person I have come across.
I've come across a lot of people who are neat and tidy enough, and bang on about how spotless their houses are but I have to grit my teeth not to point out chain smoking in a house with children with all the windows shut, grotty ashtrays ahoy! is not 'clean' or 'hygienic' or healthy by any stretch of the imagination?.


MrsRajeshKoothrappali Thu 11-Oct-12 22:47:01


Nicotine grows, it's like fungus. Utterly minging.

Never buy a house from a smoker - you'll spend years and a fortune undoing the damage and getting rid of the smell.

WorraLiberty Thu 11-Oct-12 22:48:06

I honestly don't know anyone who smokes in their home anymore.

But yes it would still be clean...just smelly.

Having said that, I've never been bothered about how clean/unclean anyone else's house is if it doesn't affect me.

SummerRain Thu 11-Oct-12 22:50:35

I'm a smoker but don't smoke in the house. It was a revelation when I stopped, no more brown grime coating everything, fresh smelling and half the dust.

YerMaw1989 Thu 11-Oct-12 22:52:04

Don't you worra?

I am not against smokers to clarify I am an ex smoker , but I feel a bit dirty smoking indoors it sinks into everything :/.

WorraLiberty Thu 11-Oct-12 22:54:15

No I honestly don't know anyone anymore who smokes indoors.

Even the the little block of studio flats in the next road (I can see the windows from my garden) have various heads and arms hanging out the windows where they're all smoking as outside as they can manage to be grin

PickledFanjoCat Thu 11-Oct-12 22:54:18

I used to smoke in BED!

I'm ex now. I didn't smoke in the house at the end, I think it was a lot more 'normal' before the ban.

PickledFanjoCat Thu 11-Oct-12 22:54:58

I don't either. Even in my flat I walked outside.

VivaLeBeaver Thu 11-Oct-12 22:55:39

Dds friends have smokers for parents. They chain smoke in the house. If dd sleeps over she reeks of fags when she comes back. If her friends sleep here then dds bedroom reeks of fags the next day. Awful smell.

CogitoErgoSometimes Thu 11-Oct-12 23:23:23

I don't know anyone who still smokes indoors either. Also can't remember the last time I saw someone with yellow nicotine-stained fingers. Is smoking finally on the decline? <she says hopefully>

LolaDontCryOverSpiltBleach Thu 11-Oct-12 23:39:26

My sister smokes in the house with DN who is 3, she won't open windows now because it is too cold.
my other sister 'only' smokes in the kitchen but she has no doors so it still travels around the house both of there houses stink constantly, as do their children.

Both of them will tell you again and again that they have spotless homes and take pride in them but they don't notice that everybody's ceilings aren't yellow and most plug sockets aren't either.

They don't 'count' fag butt's as mess and i can only guess no longer notice that a puff comes out of the front door as they open them grin

I hate it but i don't live there.

Startailoforangeandgold Thu 11-Oct-12 23:44:33

The delight on DMums face when DDad gave up and they were able to reprint and enjoy White Ceilings.

DD feels very sorry for not wanting to sit next to a chid who's jumper stinks from his mothers smoke.

I feel really sorry for him, I must of stank too, but no one would have noticed.

Startailoforangeandgold Thu 11-Oct-12 23:45:47

Repaint, I hate it when autocorrect corrects correct spellings to a word you didn't want.

Leena49 Fri 12-Oct-12 02:23:07

I bought a house from a smoker. Had to strip out all the carpets, even take out the sealant round the windows it was stained yellow! How can that be classed as clean?

ComradeJing Fri 12-Oct-12 05:02:19

We're house hunting at the moment and I looked at a smokers house. You couldn't get me out of there fast enough.

Softlysoftly Fri 12-Oct-12 05:40:34

DH and I used to smoke in bed, in the bath everywhere! Have up when Dsis said we wouldn't be allowed DN to play if we still did it. I am very very glad she did, our future homes have all been far more pleasant and I have quit completely. Just wish DH would stop now!

Softlysoftly Fri 12-Oct-12 05:41:08

*gave up ffs

HecateLarpo Fri 12-Oct-12 06:54:00

My grandma smoked in the house. When they became elderly and no longer able to clean, I noticed when I first cleaned that there was a film on everything. A yellow, sticky film that had discoloured the ornaments.

My mum and dad's house used to have a yellow/brown stained ceiling.

It's not clean.

DoIDare Fri 12-Oct-12 06:58:58

Just another example of denials.

Smokers eat mints, spray perfume and use mouthwash.

Indoors, they dust, Hoover and have horrible chemical airfresheners.

sashh Fri 12-Oct-12 07:00:31

I have neighbours who smoke in the house, it's not uncommon.

janey68 Fri 12-Oct-12 07:04:48

Yes- one of my work colleagues smokes (outside obviously) and I'm sure she thinks the mints she eats afterwards covers up the smell. I guess smokers don't get that the smell lingers on their clothes and breath. My grandad was a smoker and I also remember that film of yellow and the fug in an otherwise pleasant house

Bumblequeen Fri 12-Oct-12 08:06:39

A smoker's house can never truly be clean. The smoke lingers and is inbredded in the curtains, cushions, bed sheets etc.

The smoker cannot smell it. No amount of mints or , plug ins or perfume can cover it up.

A relative of mine has always smoked in the garden. Her partner would not allow cigarettes in the house- she did not want the children to see her either so was very discreet.

I used to smoke (social smoker) and now find the smell quite repulsive. Before the cigarette ban in venues, I would arrive home from clubbing reeking of smoke. It was in my clothes, right down to my underwear and in my hair. Awful!

YerMaw1989 Fri 12-Oct-12 09:16:45

OMG Lola that's exactly the sort of person I mean.

bagofholly Fri 12-Oct-12 09:27:17

My husband smokes, in his office in our house, out of the bathroom window and in the garden in front of the kids. I have issued my first ultimatum about anything in our marriage - it has to stop. No smoking indoors, no smoking in front of the kids. Or we leave. And I bloody well mean it.

YerMaw1989 Fri 12-Oct-12 09:29:44

This 'not smoking in front of children' must be old fashioned its not something I've ever come across.

but the indoors thing certainly, I don't kids seeing me smoke outside etc.

WinklyFriedChicken Fri 12-Oct-12 09:39:47

My aunt thinks her flat is clean and she only smokes in the kitchen with a window open; I can't bear to visit because I come away stinking and need to wash all my clothes and hair. Goodness knows what her sofa and mattresses are like.

melika Fri 12-Oct-12 09:48:01

I agree, it's definatley not clean, I grew up in a smokers house, both parents. We used to dry clothes by the fire in the living room where Mom and Dad smoked. The ceilings were brown, the wood work all creamy coloured. When it come to decorating, we had to sugar soap ceilings and all before we started. The light fittings were all coated with nicotine. YUK.

Needless to say, I do not smoke, never have done.

halcyondays Fri 12-Oct-12 10:55:32

Yes, but I think many smokers don't smoke inside their own homes now. although I see a lot of people smoking in their cars.

ErrorError Fri 12-Oct-12 12:14:11

When my uncle died we sold his house (he lived alone) and I have it on good authority that the new owners are still trying to get rid of the smell! His house was inherited from his parents, and my Nan was a chain smoker. Instead of actually thoroughly cleaning, they just wallpapered over when the layers became yellow. The new owners stripped about 5 or 6 layers of wallpaper from one room, all nicotine stained and stinking.

During the initial house clearance, I recovered a photo I loved, and took it home. I spent about an hour painstakingly cleaning the nicotine off the frame to restore it to its former glory.

I never remember being smoked around in that house when I was young, but it was very different smelling to other people's houses, and I spent a lot of time playing outside.

When my Nan came to live with us, she was still a heavy smoker with terrible asthma and was prone to frequent chest infections. She was only allowed to smoke in the outhouse, but my parents shielded me from this. I do remember the huge plastic vessel shaped like a blimp that she had to take her inhalers from, and her disgusting cough. Put me off smoking for life.

Said I'd never go out with a smoker ever, and was very disappointed when I found out DP smoked. I didn't get rid of him because you can't help who you love, but he knows I hate it and has never made an effort to change sad.

lisaro Fri 12-Oct-12 12:36:01

Urgh. If you were only going to smoke in one room in the house why on earth would it be the kitchen? How filthy is that? I'd never eat there.

Sidge Fri 12-Oct-12 12:47:42

My mum smoked all over her house - in bed, whilst cooking, everywhere.

When we stayed she wouldn't smoke in front of my children but would go in another room, despite the fact that her mostly open-plan house had no doors and everywhere still smelled horrible. It was immaculate, but still stunk and all the soft furnishings, curtains etc had a smokey odour.

We stopped visiting/staying due to DD1 and DD3 having asthma, and DD2 was oxygen dependent for her first year of life. I'm going up in half term because she's now been quit for 4 months - I'm really proud of her.

Smokers are deluded - they might think they're clean and fresh but they're not and it's only when they quit they realise how bad they smell.

Also if that's what the inside of their house looks like then can you imagine what inside their lungs and organs looks like?

LolaDontCryOverSpiltBleach Fri 12-Oct-12 13:21:16

I know, needless to say really they visit me!
sidge i know what you mean about being proud.
My dad stopped smoking 6 years ago when he came and hugged me while i was on the computer and i said ''dad you stink'' it just slipped out but he has never smoked one since, two weeks after he stopped he was walking home from work kicked a packet and it was a full twenty pack of the type he smoked and he chucked them! grin

I have never taken a puff ever, i felt like the only person at school.

valiumredhead Fri 12-Oct-12 13:51:48

I don't know anyone who smokes indoors either anymore. My dad is the only person I know who even smokes come to that...

I think that my mum's house stinks, because she smokes, but i've had the same said of mine, because i have a dog.

The only difference is that any washing done, doesn't smell of dog and i can air the living room out fully.

But in regards to smoking in the kitchen, most people's pets sleep in the kitchen, so i suppose it is what suits the person who owns the house.

My Son in law won't eat in mine if the dog has been in the house and i haven't fully cleaned afterwards (including mopping etc).

Nearly everyone that i come into contact with, smokes in the house, including Pot/Skunk.

SmellsLikeTeenStrop Fri 12-Oct-12 14:22:04

My ex smokes in his house, the kids always come back absolutely stinking.

He's trying to sell his house and I can't help but think that the fact this awful stale smoke smell hits you in the face as soon as the front door opens, isn't exactly making his house appealing to potential buyers.

I really don't think you can compare smoke smell to dog smell

LolaDontCryOverSpiltBleach Fri 12-Oct-12 14:38:18

Do you make him eat in the dogs bed birds confused ?


Inneedofbrandy Fri 12-Oct-12 14:48:46

My nan chain smokes and has a dog! Her house stinks and she has a smoking room (the dining room). Her windows arew always wide open and the back door and the french windows. It still stinks.

I like the smell of fresh tabacco (sp) but stale smoke is grim.

I am an ex smoker and I never realised how bad smoking smells till I gave up.You really do live in denial.

I think if your dog is clean and you wash dog bedding regularly on top of normal house work your house shouldn't smell, birds I would assume your nephew is an idiot LOL.

carabos Fri 12-Oct-12 14:51:58

Our attic bedroom still smells of smoke. We have lived here for more than 8 years and have redecorated. Nobody has smoked in this house all that time. YANBU.

CatsRule Fri 12-Oct-12 15:16:56

I have inlaws who smoke in their house and you see a thick film if smoke in the air when you walk in....that's after choking! They clearly can't see it and think if they smoke at an internal door then the smoke won't go into that room! hmm

KellyElly Fri 12-Oct-12 15:47:53

Who smokes in the house with kids any more? This is just not the done thing now. I don't know anyone who does.

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