7 Ways To Neutralize Perfume Smells In the Office

  • By: Nathan Cherry
  • Time to read: 6 min.

Let’s face it – every office has their own “cologne guy” or “perfume gal”. Heck, I’ve even been one myself. 

In a cramped office with carpet from the 90s and little ventilation, even a normal application of perfume can become a choking miasma, and can linger long after its wearer has left. 

So how do you get rid of that stubborn perfume stink? 

There are several ways to deodorize an office with a perfume smell, including: 

  • Airing the room out 
  • Lemon
  • White vinegar
  • Baking soda
  • Charcoal
  • Coffee grounds
  • Cleaning the carpets and fabrics in the office 

Let’s take a closer look. 

1. Air It Out

Probably the simplest way to get rid of a lingering perfume odor in your office is to air it out. Of course, if your office doesn’t have windows, this won’t be the best thing for you to do, but even if you don’t have windows, simply opening up the door to your office and letting out that stale, perfume-drenched air will do you good. 

Open the windows, doors, and closets in your office, if possible. Run the AC or blow a fan in the room to help the air circulate and siphon fresh air in. Let the room air out for at least thirty minutes, and, for best results, a few hours, if possible. 

Airing out your office should be the first order of business on your odor-destroying agenda. But if the perfume smell is particularly obstinate, you’re going to have to bring out the big guns.

2. Lemon

Using lemons to deodorize your office is an easy fix, and something that you might even have lying around in the break room. 

Lemons, with their sharp, acerbic, and delicious aroma, are great at eliminating pesky odors and keeping things smelling fresh and clean. There’s a reason why they’re used in practically every cleaning product, after all. 

To use lemons to eliminate the perfume odor in your office: 

  1. Cut several lemons in half and place in a bowl or other container. Put the container in your office or the perfume-affected area. 
  2. Let the lemons sit out for a few hours to absorb the smell of perfume in the air. 
  3. Once the lemons have begun to shrivel, discard. 
  4. Replace with new lemons if the odor persists. 

3. White Vinegar

Although it might seem a bit odd to bust out the vinegar in the office, it will surely eliminate that stubborn stink that’s giving everyone a headache and affecting productivity. What’s more, this powerful, odor-annihilating household cleaning staple is likely to be stocked in your office’s supply closet. Just make sure you’ve got some Febreze at hand to freshen up the air – the vinegar smell tends to linger, though it’s a lot less headache-inducing than an overly-potent perfume. 

To use white vinegar to eliminate the perfume odor in your office: 

  1. Fill a bowl, cup, or other container with white vinegar. 
  2. Leave the container out in the perfume-affected area for a few hours, or, for best results, overnight. 
  3. If you’ve got a serious perfume problem on your hands, use a vinegar solution to wash down the walls of the office. 
  4. Repeat the process as necessary.

4. Baking Soda

Another great household remedy and quick fix, baking soda is a fantastic natural deodorizer and odor absorber that you may very well have at the office already. Baking soda is especially effective at absorbing smells from carpet, so if you’ve got a perfume problem that just won’t go away in your carpeted office, baking soda very well might be the solution you’ve been waiting for. 

To use baking soda to eliminate the perfume odor in your office: 

  1. Sprinkle baking soda around the room, or, if you’d prefer, distribute a few cups or bowls filled with baking soda around your office.
  2. Let the soda sit out for a few hours or, for best results, overnight to absorb the lingering perfume odor in the air. 
  3. Once the soda has been saturated with odor, vacuum it up or remove. 
  4. Repeat the process as necessary. 

5. Charcoal

While it might strike your coworkers as…odd, using charcoal to deodorize your office is actually a rather effective method. That’s because charcoal is a natural absorbent and will suck up and neutralize foul smells like a sponge. Best of all, using charcoal as a deodorizer won’t affect it in any way, so you’ll still be able to use it for that awkward company barbecue later on. 

And if you’re worried about looking weird for bringing in a bag of charcoal briquettes to work? Just put a few briquettes in a plastic bag and stash it away out of view in your backpack or purse. Your nosy colleagues will be none the wiser. 

To use charcoal to eliminate the perfume odor in your office: 

  1. Place a few charcoal briquettes (more, depending on the size of the room) in a container or on a tray in the perfume-affected room. 
  2. Leave the charcoal out for a few hours or, for best results, overnight to absorb the perfume odor in the air. 
  3. When the smell is gone, remove the charcoal. 
  4. Repeat the process as necessary. 

6. Coffee Grounds

Now here’s something that shouldn’t be in short supply in an office: coffee grounds! Coffee grounds act as a wonderful natural absorbent and deodorizer, and are used at perfume stores the world over for their ability at sucking up lingering scents in the air. 

To use coffee grounds to eliminate the perfume odor in your office:

  1. Sprinkle the grounds on the floor around the affected room, or place in a bowl or container. 
  2. Let the grounds sit for a few hours, or, for best results, overnight to absorb the perfume odor. 
  3. Once the smell is gone, vacuum up the coffee grounds, or remove the bowl. 
  4. Repeat the process as necessary. 

7. Clean Your Carpet and Fabrics

In the most extreme cases, the smell of perfume can saturate the carpet, curtains, sofa, or other fabrics in your office and simply won’t budge. 

If you’re dealing with a problem of that magnitude, consider doing a deep clean of all the fabrics in your office to get rid of the lingering smell. 

Use the baking soda or coffee grounds method or use a carpet cleaner to clean your carpet. If there’s a sofa in the office, clean the individual cushions and pillows and sprinkle with baking soda to deodorize. If there are curtains or drapes in your office, spritz them with a fabric deodorizing spray, or put them through a wash cycle. 

Giving your office fabrics a deep clean will ensure that the odor of the perfume is completely dealt with. 

The Final Word

Dealing with a pesky perfume in the office can be tough. I mean, who wants a headache-inducing scent filling their noses while working on those TPS reports? 

But with these seven easy odor-annihilating solutions, you’re sure to have your office back to smelling spick and span in no time. 

Getting rid of a lingering perfume in your office can be easy by using a few household cleaning staples. Lemon, white vinegar, baking soda, charcoal, and coffee grounds are effective and natural ways to remove the smell. Make sure that you air your office out too, and clean the carpet and fabrics for more serious situations.