How To Remove Perfume Odor In a Room

  • By: Nathan Cherry
  • Time to read: 5 min.

We’ve all been there: 

You’re spraying on your perfume, overdid it, and now the smell won’t go away. Maybe you’ve been testing a lot of different perfumes and the smell is giving you a headache. Or, in the worst case, you dropped and broke your prized bottle of luxury perfume and flooded your room with a fragrant tidal wave of sickly sweet perfume scent. 

What can you do to make the smell go away? 

You have a number of different options for dealing with a lingering perfume smell. White vinegar, baking soda, charcoal, and coffee grounds or beans are all effective ways of removing recalcitrant odors. 

Let’s take a closer look at what you can do to deodorize perfume saturated air. 

Why Perfume Lingers In a Room

Perfumes are designed in such a way as to leave behind their smell in a room. This is called a perfume’s sillage, and it is in fact a sign of quality. 

However nice it might be to have a strong, high quality perfume, it’s not always how you want your room or home to smell. Sometimes, perfumes can be strong enough to cause headaches, or combine with cooking smells, body odor, and other unpleasant aromas in a totally unattractive manner. 

When sprayed excessively, perfume can find its way onto fabrics such as carpets, bed sheets, curtains, and drapes. 

Like Ben Franklin once said, “Fish and visitors stink after three days.” However beautiful a perfume might smell on its own, sometimes you simply don’t want to smell it for such a long period of time, or have it intrude into the comfort of your bedroom. 

Luckily, there are several ways to deal with an obstinate odor in your room. 

Air It Out

The first thing on your agenda should be the easiest and sometimes most effective method of getting rid of perfume smell: air out the room. 

Open up all the doors, windows, and closets in the room, if possible. Run the AC or blow a fan in the room to help circulate the air. Leave for 30 minutes to a couple of hours or overnight, if you’re comfortable. 

Letting the concentrated odors in the air circulate out of the room will do wonders for solving your perfume problem. 

But if the perfume smell is still lingering after you’ve aired the room out, it’s time to take more drastic measures.

White Vinegar

One of nature’s leanest, meanest cleaning machines, white vinegar hasn’t been a household staple for hundreds, if not thousands of years for nothing. 

On its laundry list of uses is, of course, its amazing odor-fighting abilities. The smell of pure, white vinegar is incredibly potent, but its very odiferousness is what makes it so powerful at deodorizing. 

Simply leave a few cups or bowls of white vinegar, with or without lemon, out overnight. The harsh smell of the vinegar will drive out and neutralize the unwanted odors in the room. You can also use a vinegar solution to wash down the walls of the room for a truly deep clean.

If you don’t have vinegar at hand I can recommend Lucy’s Family Owned Natural Distilled White Vinegar which you can get here (Amazon).

Baking Soda

Another one of the most useful household cleaning supplies would have to be baking soda. Sodium bicarbonate’s odor-fighting properties are well known, and using it in your room in tandem with vinegar will almost guarantee you the results you’re looking for. 

Leave a few cups or bowls of baking soda out overnight, or sprinkle baking soda throughout the room. It will become saturated with any lingering odors in the air. Once the soda has become saturated with the smell, simply vacuum it up. 

If your problem persists, though, there are still some natural home remedies you can turn to. 


Charcoal is yet another material that is savagely effective at neutralizing odors. Its porous nature makes it a great natural sponge for smells. 

Leave an open bag of charcoal briquettes or simply a tray with a nice handful of charcoal (more depending on the size of the room) in a sealed room overnight. The charcoal will absorb and neutralize the odors in the air.

Best of all, absorbing the stinky stuff doesn’t have any negative effect on the charcoal – so you’ll still be able to fire up the grill afterward. 

Coffee Beans and Grounds

For another great method of removing perfume smells from the air, you can look at none other than what perfume stores do themselves: use coffee beans or grounds

Although the main purpose for stores placing coffee beans in the fragrance department is to give customers a way to “reset” their palate, coffee beans also have a less well known ability to absorb and neutralize odors in the air. 

For this method, coffee grounds will be your best bet, but beans will certainly work as well. 

Simply sprinkle coffee grounds or beans around the affected room and let sit for a few hours or overnight so that they can absorb and neutralize the odors in the room. Once the coffee has been saturated, vacuum it up and dispose. 

Any coffee grounds will do, so there’s no need to waste your expensive Starbucks coffee on this method. 

Cleaning Your Carpet and Fabrics

In extreme cases of perfume saturation, the smell of perfume can soak into your carpet, furniture, and curtains. 

Doing a deep clean of all the fabrics in the room will be a surefire way to get rid of that perfume smell for good. If you’ve got carpet, use a carpet cleaner to really get down deep. If you’ve got a sofa, clean the individual cushions and sprinkle with baking soda to deodorize. If you’ve got curtains, drapes, bed sheets, or linens in the room, run them through a wash cycle. 

Giving the fabrics in the room in question a good deep clean, on top of the other methods above, will make sure that you’ve got all of your bases covered. 

If you’re still dealing with a perfume smell after doing all of the above, you might be dealing with a larger problem. Consider contacting a professional, or invest in an air purifier or filter for a long term solution. 

The Final Word

A perfume odor lingering in your room, as nice as it might sound on paper, can be far from a good thing. Too much perfume in the air can cause headaches, mingle unpleasantly with other odors, or just overstay its welcome. 

Luckily, if you’re dealing with a perfume problem, there are plenty of solutions to turn to. 

Airing out the room in question should be your first step. Then, try using vinegar, baking soda, charcoal, and coffee beans and grounds, as well as giving the fabrics in the room a deep clean. 

If the smell doesn’t go away, though, you might consider investing in an air purifier, or contacting a professional.