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How to Keep a Fresh Smoking Space and Prevent It From Smelling Like an Old Bong
Tips for increasing the livability and likability of your indoor smoking areas, from simple household fixes to dope new developments in air-purifying technology.
Published on June 6, 2019

From cramming a towel at the bottom of your bedroom door, to bombarding the atmosphere with cheap incense, to opening every window in the house, reducing the odor of stale smoke indoors is an age-old challenge that pot enthusiasts face from puff one. 

Today, the presence, potency, and popularity of marijuana has increased at an unprecedented rate, and, as a result, so is the problem of smoking spaces that — quite frankly — stink. It’s not just an issue of foul smells, either: Lingering aromas can be indicative of unclean and even unhealthy air. 

As a smoker, you know that properly sanitizing your pipes, bongs, and other consumption devices is crucial when it comes to both caring for your lungs and maximizing your highs. The same goes, naturally, for the larger space in which you light up.

In a pinch, though, many smokers will fall back on the emergency smell removal techniques of their youth — e.g., spraying harsh chemical air fresheners, burning popcorn in a microwave oven, or exhaling through a dryer sheet attached to a toilet paper roll with a rubber band (“sploof,” anyone?). While such attempts may pack some nostalgic charm, they’re also not healthy or genuinely effective—and, really, they’re pretty gross. 

With that in mind, let’s take a look at some ideas for increasing both the livability and likability of your indoor smoking areas, with tips that range from simple household fixes to dope new developments in air-purifying technology. 

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Mike McPadden is the author of "Heavy Metal Movies" and the upcoming "Last American Virgins." He writes about movies, music, and crime in Chicago. Twitter @mcbeardo
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