Highlights September 2017

How to Get Rid of Kitchen Smells

Does the smell of last night’s cooking still linger in your kitchen? Read this article and find out how you can get rid of the stench without even leaving your house.

The kitchen is, without a doubt, the part of the house that is closest to my heart. It is where I experiment and come up with very interesting dishes. And there are times when my guests hang out in the kitchen because I want to talk and discuss food with them.

But for all its outstanding qualities, there are also a few things that I can’t stand about the kitchen. Perhaps the most irritating is when there’s a smell in the kitchen. And no matter how frequent your cleaning is, the truth is that heating foods can produce some unpleasant odors.

The good news, though, is that you don’t need to go to the grocery store to buy cleaning items. You simply have to open your kitchen cabinet and find things that can help you get rid of the stench in the kitchen.

Baking soda
Baking soda is normally used in baking sweet treats such as Easter cookies crushed chocolate to make the cookies more soft, it will also be very useful in removing stench coming from the kitchen drain.

The kitchen sink emits an odor because it is where crumbs and food particles pass through. It is thus recommended that you clean the kitchen sink every week.

And you can use baking soda for this purpose. Simply mix a cup of baking soda with a cup of white vinegar then pour this down the disposal. Allow this mixture to bubble for 10 minutes. Then pour boiling water down the drain to flush out the mixture.

Here’s another trick to get rid of unwanted odors in the kitchen, this time using baking soda and a crockpot. Pour water into it and stop while it is about half full. Sprinkle 2-3 tablespoons of baking soda then turn on the crockpot with the lid off.

Wait for the crockpot to do its thing. After 2 hours, you will notice that your kitchen smells a lot better.

Vinegar
Grilled cobia is very delicious and filling, but it can leave behind a stench in the kitchen. But you don’t need to worry since vinegar would be enough to remove that odor. Because vinegar is acidic, it will neutralize odors which are alkaline.

Simply mix three tablespoons of vinegar with a cup of water. Boil this for several minutes. Within half an hour, this simple solution should have gotten rid of the unpleasant odor left behind by grilled fish.

You can also combine vinegar and baking soda to fight off stubborn odors. In a small bowl, mix vinegar with baking soda and leave this on the counter overnight. The potent mixture should be able to dissipate cooking smells by the following morning.

Vinegar can also be useful in removing unwanted odors in your cutting board. When cleaning your cutting board, spray vinegar on it before rinsing it. Even stains in the microwave oven can be removed by placing half a cup of vinegar and half a cup of water in a glass bowl. Microwave it for 2-3 minutes then wipe away the stain buildup.

Lemons
You might have noticed that many deodorizers use lemons as an active ingredient. This is a testament to how effective this fruit is in getting rid of unpleasant odors.

In fact, if the garbage bag in the kitchen tends to be a bit overwhelming for you, then you simply put down a couple of lemon peels to get rid of the smell. You can also cut a lemon in half and place it in a bowl of water. This simple hack will neutralize strong odors in the kitchen.

Lemon juice can also get rid of the leftover smell and taste on your cutting board. Have you experienced slicing up an apple on a cutting board only to taste onion after biting it? That sounds unappetizing, right? One way to prevent cross-contamination of foods is to rub the fresh lemon juice on the cutting board.

Cinnamon
This is a spice used in numerous sweet and savory foods. But it can also be used to eliminate odors in your kitchen.

Here’s how. Boil several cinnamon sticks for 2-3 minutes. Turn the heat to low before letting the warm and spiced scent to overpower through your kitchen. Turn off the heat once you can smell the pleasant scent.

I know there are plenty of tricks that you can try to get rid of unwanted kitchen smells. But all the tricks above only require things you can easily find in your kitchen cabinet which make your cleaning more comfortable and easier.

We all love the kitchen because it is where we get to do what we love the most. But let us also admit that the kitchen can get smelly at times. Fortunately for us, we don’t need to buy deodorizers to solve the said problem.

Just open the kitchen cabinet and look for baking soda, vinegar, lemon or cinnamon. These four kitchen staples can get rid of the awful smell in the kitchen in such a short time.

Written by: Susan Cook


Susan Cook

Susan Cook is a food blogger. You can view more of her articles on Cook The Stone. She enjoys staying in the kitchen to make tasty meals for her family. She hopes her articles we help you live healthier. 

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