Very little is as enjoyable as a flavorful tasting cigar. But, in order to have that, a cigar smoker has to take care of the humidor. For example, when it comes to removing odors from your humidor, there are quite a few ways to do this. First, it’s helpful to understand the different things that can cause your humidor to smell. Sometimes, you’ll have strong smelling stogies, which spread their smell to other cigars. Or a new humidor might have a strong cedar wood smell that spreads to the cigars. Also, cigars that have been crushed out emit a strong, unpleasant odor, and for that reason, they should not be put back in the humidor. That being said, here are some steps for removing that odor.
Step 1: The first thing to do is open up the humidor and let it air out. It’s best to let it air out for a few days. If the weather is nice, putting the humidor outside really helps. Next, use some isopropyl or denatured alcohol to wipe out the inside of the humidor; only use a little. Then leave the humidor open, so the air can get to it. After about a day of this, the odor should be gone.
Step 2: After treating it with alcohol, put a cup of baking soda inside the box. Then, as soon as you notice the smell is gone, remove the baking soda. It takes about a week to clean with the baking soda, however, the up side is that this method is very effective to use against most odors. Now, you can replace your stogies.
Step 3: Another way to get rid of unpleasant odors is to put a glass of brandy or whiskey in the humidor. The only thing is the smell of the alcohol may remain for awhile; then, it may spread to the cigars. But, some cigar smokers actually prefer this taste.
Step 4: Some cigar smokers remove odors by doing a light sanding of the humidor’s interior. In addition to removing the odor, this brings out the cedar wood’s natural scent. Next, you can use a can of compressed air to remove the cedar dust. Then, it’s time to air it out by leaving it open for a few days. The last step is to re-season your humidor.
The humidity level in your house affects the humidity level in your humidor; so do air conditioners, heaters and open windows. Air circulation and direct sunlight are two more factors to consider. So, it’s a good idea to keep the humidor away from fans, vents, and windows.
Removing odors from a humidor can take some time and effort. But there’s nothing like a nice fresh smoke. After all the cleaning is done, it’s time to prop up your feet for the evening and savor a flavorful cigar at your leisure.