How to Hide the Smell of Weed and Smoke Like an Incognito Boss

Stoners love it, but non-smokers despise it. Either way, it is one of the most recognizable scents in the world.

Even my grandma can’t be fooled.

Anyway, we all come to this point in life when we ask ourselves how to hide the smell of weed from our parents, teachers, or when we get older — from our neighbors or coworkers.

If you’re smoking in your dorm or if you’re living alone, you should always be careful and prepared for any unannounced visits or prying noses.

Cannabis smell can be very persistent, protruding and hard to get rid of, especially if it’s stuck in your clothes, hair, or even your furniture.

Here are some tips and tricks on how to get rid of marijuana smell during and after smoking with a bonus tip on how to store your stash without spreading the odor.

Activate stealth mode.

Prepare the Space Before Smoking

Preparing your room or any other space for enjoying your favorite herb is very important for getting rid of the smell afterwards.

These are some simple things you can do before lighting up the blunt which will make your life easier when the couch-lock kicks in and you get too lazy to expel the fragrance from the chamber.

Ventilate the Room

If you are growing marijuana indoors, or just simply smoke often behind the closed doors, it’s necessary to have a proper ventilation system installed.

It’s also important to have a constant air flow in order to keep the space fresh. It’s much easier to get rid of marijuana smell from a well-ventilated room then from a smelly closed space.

Hotboxing is never an option!

Pro tip: check and change the filters of your air conditioning unit regularly.

Let the Fresh Air In

There is nothing better than enjoying your favorite herb in a fresh room. It’s much harder to get the marijuana smell afterward if the room is stuffy and dirty.

Before lighting up that blunt, keep the windows wide open and let the breezy air in.

The “Towel Under the Door”

This is the old school trick we have all tried back in our college days. Marijuana smell spreads rapidly through all the leaks in the doors and windows.

If you don’t want the smoke to spread to other rooms, or just don’t want your neighbors to smell it, nudge a towel or blanket directly under your door.

Make sure you press it properly against the surface of the door to close off all the leaks.

Reducing the Smell of Weed While Smoking

There are a couple of things you can do as a kind of prevention when it comes to covering the weed smell or not spreading it at all.

Yup, there is a way.

Incense Sticks

If we’ve learned something from “That ‘70s Show” circle scene — lighting incense sticks during smoking can mask the smell from the room.

Although this can be tricky, since owning incenses raises suspicion of being a marijuana lover, their smell can transform the room from Bob Marley’s basement into a pleasant oriental experience.

Just make sure Red doesn’t catch you.

Hit Up Essential Oils

Essential oils are also a great way of camouflaging the cannabis odor. There is a massive range of scents available on the market so I encourage you to try out a few and find your favorite one.

Also, you can try heating the oils in your microwave so the smell would become more intense.

But, be careful, try setting the microwave on just a few seconds so you could gradually increase the time and the temperature.

Make a Sploof

Sploof is a simple and easy-to-make filter which turns the smell of weed into the smell of freshly washed laundry.

How to make a sploof

Yes, you read it properly.

If you are a DIY kind of person, you’re going to love this homemade device.

All you’ll need is a toilet paper roll (or a plastic bottle), a paper towel, scented dryer sheets and an elastic band.

Here is how you can make a sploof in a few simple steps:

  1. Take a toilet paper roll (or a plastic bottle, and cut the top off with scissors or a knife).
  2. Fill the toilet roll tube with three or four scented dryer sheets.
  3. Take another dryer sheet or a paper towel and fold over one end of the toilet roll.
  4. Secure it with rubber band or some tape.

And that it, you’re good to go.

When you smoke your pot, just blow the smoke into your DIY device and it will smell like you just washed your clothes.

It is very important that you do not breathe in air through the sploof. Instead, only use it on the exhale, because the fabric dryer sheets contain carcinogens that can be very harmful to your health.

Blow the Smelly Smoke In the Bottle

If you don’t want the smoke to spread through your room, try blowing it into a big plastic bottle. This is actually not the most sanitary way to get rid of the smoke, but if you get too lazy this will do the trick.

Plastic bottle

Leave the Windows Open

It’s not quantum physics, it’s quite obvious that open windows will let the fresh air in and stinky marijuana smell out. If you don’t have to worry about what your neighbors might think, just keep the windows wide open while you smoke your weed, keeping the airflow constant.

Getting Rid of the Smell After Smoking

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

Cook a Strong, Aromatic Meal

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

Prepare the ingredients that you like (especially their smell), and add some garlic or onions into the pan. Those kind aromatic ingredients will mask the smell of weed almost instantly. Plus, it’s fun to cook while being high, but please be extra cautious.

Activated Charcoal

Activated charcoal has been used for years as a smell neutralizer, especially in industries using gases and liquids. Activated charcoal binds to the “smelly” molecules and attaches them to the surface.

Cheap Vinegar Tip

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

To remove the cannabis smell, boil a cup of vinegar so the smell spreads all over and masks the weed odor.

Smelly Furniture

Cannabis smell can be very persistent, especially if you have smoked too much in one room full of furniture. Luckily for us, there are a few ways to get rid of the smell from carpets and fabrics.

If you have a bunch of furniture around your place, baking soda is your new best friend. Trust me, it can do wonders when it comes to absorbing smells and, plus, it’s all natural.

One thing you can do is simply add a few inches of baking soda into a shallow wide box or a dish and leave it in the room for a few days.

The good thing is that the baking soda will absorb the recognizable marijuana odor, but the bad thing is that it will take some time. So it’s not a bad idea to just keep a dish with baking soda in your room before, during and after smoking.

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 certain types of fabrics or materials.

How to Hide the Smell of Your Stash?

Dried cannabis flower, on their own, 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 these tips. Try experimenting to see which trick will work the best for your stash.

Odor Resistant Bags

These are usually used for storing food in freezers and you can buy them in any local store in your area. Ziploc or vacuum bags should very much do the trick.

These kind of bags will minimize the smell of your pot and keep it fresh a little bit longer, for sure.

Food Containers and Mason Jars

Depending on the material itself, cannabis can leave a strong odor in the box you keep it. In fact, if the container has leaks or can not be closed properly, the smell can spread all over the room.

That’s why a good food container or a glass jar is a must have of every pot smoker.

Bonus Tip (Triple Protection Strategy)

Although I live alone and I have pretty cool neighbors, I don’t like my apartment smelling of weed. You never know who might show up unannounced. So to avoid any kind of awkward situation, I tend to follow almost all of the rules I lined out above, plus a little trick of my own.

My secret is that I use “triple protection”. It’s not stupid if it works.

This is how I store my stash:

First, I put the weed in a little plastic bag and wrap it in an aluminum foil. Then I put it all in an odor resistant bag and then I put everything in a glass (mason) jar.

Once I’m done, there is no way the smell is getting out, trust me.

Now, I’m interested in sparking a conversation on the topic of…

How do you hide the smell of weed?

Do you have any tips and tricks that I haven’t mentioned? Please feel free to share your experiences with us by leaving a quick comment below.


In charge of Greencamp’s health section, with a decade long experience of using cannabis for stress relief. Her spare time is mostly divided between Irish dance and reading.

4 thoughts on “How to Hide the Smell of Weed and Smoke Like an Incognito Boss

  1. 🙂 Great article, Helena!

    I particularly enjoyed the reference to the old “towel under the door” tactic. It still works, especially if it’s slightly dampened first.

    My 20 yr. old grandson will receive a link to this story; young people need to know these things!

    Again, great work…I’m following you now on Twitter.

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