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How to Get Weed Smell Out of a Hotel Room

How to Get Weed Smell Out of a Hotel Room

Staying in a hotel rules. Don’t get us wrong — we love our cozy homes, where all of our favorite items are available to us whenever we need them (most notably an overflowing stash drawer!). But crashing at a hotel every once in a while can be a delightful escape from the monotony of your day-to-day life. No one knows who you are, none of the stuff is yours, and you’re barely responsible for the condition of the place. It’s a perfect place to be stoned.

Most hotels strictly prohibit smoking (which of course includes cannabis) and will apply the wrath of god to your bill if you’re caught lighting up. There are many reasons for this: the potential to set off smoke alarms, annoying other guests, and additional costs of cleaning.  

However, many hotels are chill and have special rooms called - you guessed it - “smoking rooms.” Plus, with more states becoming more chill with the use of recreational marijuana, you can even find cannabis-friendly hotels, where stoners can congregate and do what they do best - get stoned.


One of the oldest tricks in the book is to turn on the shower until there’s enough steam to create your own mini sauna. Once you’ve created said sauna, turn off the shower and pull out your bong or pipe and start smoking. Also, make sure to leave the fan on so you make sure that the smoke doesn’t accumulate in the bathroom, and blow into the shower to isolate the smell. Once you’re done, dump the residue in the toilet and leave the fan on. If you’re feeling extra special, turn the shower back on and take a shower while you’re stoned. 

If you want to be extra sure that the smell of weed doesn’t take over your hotel, we always suggest spraying Veil once you’re done. But, in case you forgot to pack some Veil in your suitcase, we’ve outlined a list of areas that you should target to REALLY make sure nobody knows you smoked some weed in your hotel room. 


  • Air
  • Furniture
  • Floors
  • Walls


This is the most obvious place to start, and probably where most of the weed smell is going to be living in. You need to keep in mind two things when cleaning the air of the weed smell: circulate + absorb. 

Just like would’ve done if you noticed your room was a little stinky, open a window as wide as you can and let the air circulate. This will help bring in new, fresh air from the outside and replace your old, smelly air from the inside. 

If you’re lucky enough to have a fan on you, crank it up to the highest setting to get the weed smell out of your hotel room as fast as possible. Any type of fan counts - ceiling, exhaust, etc.

If you’re not as lucky, you’re most likely not going to find a room with a fan. This leads us to the next thing you need to know about cleaning the air of the weed smell: absorption. 

There are quite a few things you can leave out to “absorb” the odors in your environment. We put quotes around the word “absorb” since the science behind these deodorizing methods differs a little between each method. 

Three items we like best are baking soda, coffee, and white vinegar. We know that you’re probably not going to bring these items with you to a hotel, but they’re simple enough to find at relatively any grocery store and won’t break the bank. 

  • Baking soda: this SUPER easy tactic is used by moms everywhere: open a box of baking soda, place it in the fridge, and no more bad smell! The same rule can be applied to your hotel room. Spread it out in a thin layer and leave it for a couple of hours to absorb the bad odors. For you science nerds out there, baking soda is naturally alkaline, and most bad smells (like weed!) are acidic. It acts as a pH neutralizer, which means the two smells basically cancel each other out!
  • Coffee: just like with baking soda, spread it out in a thin layer to absorb the weed smell. The caffeine in the coffee grounds is rich in nitrogen, which fights bad smells. Turns out your morning “cup of Joe” does more than just wake you up.
  • White vinegar: this funky smell isn’t necessarily a fan favorite, but neither is weed. You’ll want to leave it out in a shallow, open container in order to maximize its reach. It’s not gonna be as effective as baking soda or coffee, but if you just so happen to have some white vinegar lying around in your hotel room, this may be the way to go. 

  • Furniture

    Accidents happen, and during your stay in a hotel you might find yourself trying to clean up some spilled bong water from the coffee table. Plus, the smell of smoke attaches itself to furniture like that fly did to Mike Pence’s hair (which is why you should use the shower method instead!)

    Before you try a new special cleaning hack you found off the Internet, do the most basic thing and dust. Everything. Don’t skimp out on what needs dusting, your job is to make sure there is no trace of weed in your hotel room, and that includes being very thorough in your dusting. 

    Once you’re done with dusting, you’ll want to start cleaning. There are two basic types of furniture materials, hard and soft. Hard materials include wood, metal, and plastic, and are usually pretty easy to clean. Use soapy water and a towel to wipe down the surface of the piece of furniture, then use a dry towel to dry it off. 

    Now that you’re done with the easy stuff, let’s move on to the hard stuff, or should we say “soft” stuff - fabrics. Bed sheets and towels fall into this category, and your best bet is to wash it in a washing machine. This is hard to do if you’re not in your house, though, so you might want to stick with the tried-and-true method of baking soda. Just sprinkle some on the affected area and clean it up after a day. 

    You can get more creative with your cleaning strategies, such as using a solution that’s easy to whip up. Mix some dishwashing liquid with water, then add a little bit of white vinegar and baking soda. Gently blot the affected areas with a bit of the mixture and you’re good to go! You can also get some Veil! You can spray it directly on the furniture, and you can do so liberally! Enough with the shameless plug, let’s continue with furniture. 

    When storing your precious treasure, the scent of flower may escape and contaminante the insides of cabinets and drawers. Because the wood inside cabinets and drawers is porous, it tends to soak up the smell of flower with no problem. 

    First things first: invest in a stash jar. We went over a couple of ways you can keep your weed safe and out of harm’s way in this article

    Assuming you forgot your stash jar, it broke, or it was somehow snapped out of existence by Thanos (yes, we know that that only applies to living beings but you get the idea), you’ll want to go back to the basics. Baking soda and coffee work best at their odor eliminating super powers in small and confined areas, and that’s exactly what cabinets and drawers are. Just place some inside the cabinet or drawer and it will feel as though there was never any weed there from the start.

    Congrats on getting the smell of weed out of the air and from furniture. You’re halfway done with de-skunking your hotel room. 


    This one should be a no-brainer: if the floors are hard (like wood), use a cleaning solution. You can use the same one that you used on the hard-surfaced furniture and the smell of weed should be gone almost immediately. 

    Different types of flooring, like carpet, require a little more work than just copying+pasting what you did on hard-surfaces. Remember what we said earlier? DUST. Get rid of whatever dust particles that live in the carpet or rug, as well as any ash, dirt, or lint. Literally anything and everything except for the very fibers that the carpet/rug is composed of. When you’re done doing that, do it again. JK, but make sure to thoroughly clean the material before moving onto the next step - apply a cleaning solution. 

    We might sound like a broken record by now, but apply a cleaning solution to the affected area(s). Use the same solution you made for the other aspects of the hotel room and you should be good to go.


    Last but certainly not least, you’ll want to focus on the walls and ceiling of your hotel room. These areas make great places for odor molecules to hang out just like a group of teens would in the back of a 7-Eleven parking lot sipping on Slurpees. 

    You could probably guess what we’re going to say: use a cleaning solution! We get we could’ve saved you a ton of time by just saying “use a cleaning solution” from the start, but bear with us. Yes, while a cleaning solution will do the trick on most walls and ceilings when getting rid of the weed smell, a small number of types might actually become damaged. If the hotel is older and the walls are made of wallpaper, it could potentially become ruined if you apply the solution directly to it. Test out the wallpaper first by applying a bit of the solution where nobody is going to look, like behind the bed or a nightstand. If nothing bad happens, use it! If the wallpaper becomes damaged, just pretend like you didn’t do it and blame it on the previous guest. 

    Key Takeaways

    Prevention and you will be best friends if you don’t want the smell of weed to stick around like a pesky mosquito. Trust us, use the shower method and save yourself all this trouble. If you can’t, though, just follow the directions we’ve laid out for you. You really need to know three things: baking soda, coffee, cleaning solution. That about sums it up. 

    Now that you know how to get rid of the weed smell from your hotel room, you’ll be an expert at smoking weed in hotels in no time! 

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