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Article Last Updated on December 29, 2022

We all know that smoking weed can leave a recognizable odor in the room, which can make some of your housemates or neighbors complain since not everyone likes the smell of weed. As you probably know, it may be tricky when people notice the aroma of cannabis, especially if it isn’t legalized in your country. Hence, the importance to mask or hide the smell, and you may be wondering how exactly you can mask marijuana smoke.

If you’ve been worried about the smell of marijuana escaping your bathroom while you toke, we got you. This article will explain how you can have a weed sesh in your hot shower and mitigate the smell of weed in the process.

Why Cannabis Smells the Way It Does?

As a result of increasing cannabis legalization laws, the popularity of cannabis has increased, and so has the need for cannabis consumers to be informed about it. They want to learn more about the various weed strains they can buy on the market, as well as the percentage of cannabinoids and terpenes in the weed so they can make an informed choice. One of the crucial factors cannabis users should consider when buying weed is the terpene profile.

The terpenes are aromatic compounds located inside the trichomes that provide the specific aroma and flavor of cannabis. Out of more than 200 terpenes that you can find in the cannabis plant, the most common ones include:

  • Myrcene;
  • Limonene;
  • Linalool;
  • Caryophyllene;
  • Alpha-pinene and Beta-pinene;
  • Alpha-bisabolol;
  • Eucalyptol.

These terpenes give the distinctive weed smell that you feel in the dispensary, and once you light up your joint, they provide the smell that you’d like to get rid of if you don’t want to get caught smoking weed.

Minimizing the Smell of Weed by Using Alternative Smoking Devices

We all know that smoking a joint is the prefered consumption method for many users, but it’s also the least smell-proof. For that matter, we’ll provide you with alternatives to smoking a joint. 


Vaping results in less cannabis odor compared to smoking a joint, since vape pens burn the cannabis at a lower temperature. What’s also important when vaping is to regularly  clean your vape pen because the buildup of plant matter can produce more odor.


Using a bong is another option for reducing the smell of weed. Since the smoke first comes in contact with the water, it softens the smell of cannabis, so bongs are another suitable option for people planning to smoke weed in their bathroom and wanting their sesh to remain private.

If you’re in the market for a bong, check out our list of the top bong brands out there.

What to Do Before You Light Up?

If you decide to smoke indoors, there are a few things you need to keep in mind. First, you need to make sure that you have adequate ventilation in your bathroom, like a bathroom fan. It will not only provide good airflow in the room, but it will also make it easier to get rid of the smell of weed once you’re finished with your toke sesh.

Next, you’ll need to place a towel under the bottom of the door to prevent the smell of weed from spreading to the other rooms inside your home. And finally, all you’ll need to do is get the shower going, light up, and enjoy.

Masking the Smell of Weed in the Shower

Follow the tips below in order to have an undetected weed sesh in the shower.

  1. Make sure you have your preferred smoking device (a bong, vape pen, or other), a towel, and clean clothes in your bathroom.
  2. Turn on the hot water and leave the shower curtain open in order to fill the room with steam.
  3. After you have enough steam in the room, you can start the bathroom fan, and start smoking.
  4. Once you’ve finished smoking, leave the shower and the fan for a couple more minutes.
  5. Next, you should turn the shower off, but leave the fan on to suck in all the weed smoke for about 30 minutes.
  6. If you want to do an extra step, showering after smoking weed would really help with removing any remaining smell of marijuana from your body.

Additional Tips

  • To make your smoking experience more pleasant, play some music in the background. The music will not only make you more relaxed, but it will also help you keep track of the time that you’ve spent in the bathroom.
  • Try vaping or use a bong since joints have a stronger smell.
  • Try to smoke slower so your body has enough time to adjust to the weed and you don’t risk consuming more than you need.

Extra Precautions for Masking the Weed Scent

In order to mask the lingering smell that will inevitably remain in your bathroom (it will be less if you have a fan or an open window in addition to starting the shower), you could use some odor eliminators apart from cracking the window open, starting the shower, and turning the fan on. They can conceal the weed smell and also prevent the smell from spreading to other rooms. 

Those include using:

  • A scented candle;
  • An air freshener;
  • Natural incense;
  • Essential oils in a diffuser;
  • An air purifier;
  • A smoke buddy to exhale the smoke in.

Making a Sploof

Another popular and budget-friendly way to reduce the weed smell while smoking is to make a DIY sploof to catch the weed smoke which is similar to a store-bought smoke buddy.

To make your own sploof, you’ll need a toilet paper roll (or paper towel roll), scented dryer sheets, a paper towel (or another dryer sheet), and a rubber band. To make your DIY sploof, you’ll need to fill the toilet paper roll with the scented dryer sheet, and add a dryer sheet secured with a rubber band at the end of the roll. 

Using the sploof is really easy. You just need to inhale and blow the smoke inside the sploof which will make the smoke smell like washed clothes. Keep in mind that you shouldn’t inhale through the sploof because you risk inhaling harmful chemicals.

Conclusion on Smoking Weed in the Shower

Smoking weed in the shower is the easiest way to mask weed scent. The steam from the shower will not only mask the scent, but it will also give you a reason for staying in the bathroom for a longer period of time without arousing suspicion. You can even get a quick shower afterwards to remove the weed smell from your skin and hair. It’s a good idea to also wash your clothes after smoking since the smell of weed can linger there as well.

Keep in mind that you can also use candles, air fresheners, incense, diffused essential oils, and even a homemade sploof to conceal the weed smell in the bathroom. Whichever you choose, remember to turn the bathroom fan on or open a window so the smoke can leave the bathroom. Happy smoking!

A passionate advocate for the benefits of cannabis. Fraser Horton, who has a background in botany and a strong love of nature, has spent years researching how cannabis affects the body and mind. He established Leaf Nation in 2020, where he has devoted himself to educating people about the legalisation of marijuana and its safe and responsible use. Fraser is committed to highlighting cannabis’ potential for improving wellness and working to dispel the stigma associated with its use.


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