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Sploofs 101: How to reduce smell when smoking cannabis

DIY weed sploof
A DIY sploof to reduce the smell of smoking weed. (Jesse Milns for Leafly)

What is a spoof?

Instead of stuffing a towel under the door the next time you smoke weed, take odor control to the next level.

Introducing the sploof: A classic device used for weed odor reduction. It’s a handheld smoke filter that separates particulate matter from exhaled smoke, reducing its smell.

Why use a sploof?

Sploofs aren’t 100% smell proof, but they will help reduce the dank stank of your cannabis.

Whether or not cannabis is legal where you live, the stigma of weed odor is alive and well. Even if you’re OK with the smell of weed, you likely have to contend with roommates, parents, neighbors, or others who might take issue with the skunky scent of smoking cannabis.

To be mindful and respectful of those who don’t like the smell of cannabis, or if you simply don’t want your own place to reek of weed, try using a sploof.

How to use a sploof

Whether you make your own or buy an already made sploof, after you take a hit of weed, simply blow the smoke into one end of the device and the sploof will scrub the smoke as it goes through.

How to make a DIY sploof

DIY weed sploof
A DIY sploof to reduce the smell of smoking weed. (Jesse Milns for Leafly)

Need a sploof fast and at practically no cost?

All you need to MacGyver your own DIY sploof is:

  • Finished toilet paper roll
  • 6 dryer sheets
  • 2 rubber bands

To make the sploof:

  • Stuff the toilet paper roll with four dryer sheets
  • Cover one end with two more dryer sheets
  • Secure the dryer sheets snuggly over the end with rubber bands

And there you have it, a sploof that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg.

You can even decorate it too. Want to call it “David Blowie,” in honor of the rockstar’s 1976 arrest for weed? Go right ahead! You can even bedazzle it with fake jewels if you’re into arts and crafts.

Sploofs you can buy

Let’s be honest, your homemade sploof won’t be as air-tight as manufactured ones with chambers and carbon filters, so a little smell might linger. But it’s certainly better than no sploof at all.

Here are some sploofs you can buy online or in a store.

Smokebuddy

smokebuddy
The Smokebuddy. (Jesse Milns for Leafly)

Cost: $20-30

The Smokebuddy is the OG handheld smoke filter. They’ve been around since 2008 and are always coming up with new designs.

While the Smokebuddy can be held in your hand, it is probably too big for your pocket. The Smokebuddy comes in a variety of visual designs, including tie-dye, camo, or your favorite primary and secondary colors.

The company estimates the Smokebuddy is good for about 300 exhales. They also have a small “junior” model, as well as a large “mega” model, so if portability or long-lasting use are what you want, try those variations.

Eco Four Twenty

eco 420 sploof
The Eco Four Twenty sploof. (Jesse Milns for Leafly)

Cost: $30 US; $35 CAD

Replacement filters: $15 US; $21 CAD (pack of 2)

The Eco Four Twenty is sleek and solid with an aircraft-grade aluminum casing. It feels like a regular sploof, just fancier. This small, cylindrical device is a heavyweight that exudes: “I am unbreakable.”

While it costs a bit more than the Smokebuddy, the Eco Four Twenty has a replaceable cartridge system that uses activated carbon smoke filters as well as a HEPA filter, good for 500 exhales.

The Eco Four Twenty feels good in your hand and is attractive enough to leave on your coffee table. The replaceable filter makes it one of the more eco-friendly options. Plus the founders are Canadian!

Sploofy

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The Sploofy. (Jesse Milns for Leafly)

Cost: $20 US; $25 CAD

Replacement filters: $30 US; $38 CAD (pack of 3)

Sploofy was one of the first competitors to Smokebuddy and has a legion of fans. They are on version three of the device, which has a reusable smoke filter system and boasts a non-plastic, biodegradable filter.

While Sploofy’s website doesn’t estimate how many exhales you get, this bad boy lasted us quite a while.

The device is covered with a sheath of hard plastic, which reveals an ugly undercarriage containing the filter and a big wad of glue holding a mesh screen onto the filter. But hey, does anyone’s car look clean under the hood?


Ashley Keenan and Pat Goggins contributed to this article.