How to get rid of cooking odours in the house with natural products

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How to get rid of cooking odours in the house with natural products
Cooking odours can be removed using natural, easily found products. (Getty Creative)

Many people experience difficulty removing the odours that develop when cooking strong-smelling meals. Fish, garlic, onions and burnt food, for example, produce strong odours that tend to linger throughout the kitchen and sometimes through the whole house. Although deodorising sprays are often advertised as being able to remove household odours, many times these products simply mask the smells, which may reappear when the spray dissipates. Luckily, even strong cooking odours can be removed using some simple, natural products that can be easily found in most grocery stores.

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Things you need

  • Kitchen sponge
  • Kitchen towel
  • Vinegar
  • Lemon juice
  • Liquid soap
  • Baking soda
  • Fans, 1 or more

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    Wipe away food spills immediately using a sponge or cloth. Food spills on the stove especially can quickly stink up the house, since they are heated by the warmth of the stove. Wiping the food away as soon as it is spilt will minimise the odours of the food.

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    Soak a kitchen towel in warm water mixed with a touch of natural liquid soap. Wipe down the surfaces of the kitchen that come into contact with food, such as the stove and countertop, using the towel. Then, rinse the towel in plain water and wipe the surfaces once more to remove the soap.

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    Ventilate your kitchen when odours become noticeable by opening windows or using the exhaust fan over your stove. This will introduce fresh, clean air into your home.

  4. 4

    Pour 480 ml (2 cups) of water into a small pot and add 18 to 36 ml (1 to 2 tbsp) of vinegar. Allow the mixture to boil on the stove for several minutes, creating steam. As the vinegar evaporates, it will kill many kitchen odours. Set fans around the kitchen to help move the air and dissipate the smells.

  5. 5

    Add 18 ml (1 tbsp) of lemon juice to the cooking water before adding pungent-smelling foods, such as broccoli and cauliflower. The lemon juice will not flavour the food but will lessen the odours caused by cooking such foods.

  6. 6

    Clean foul-smelling cutting boards with antibacterial soap. Then, mix a small amount of baking soda with water. Rinse the cutting board with the mixture and allow to dry.

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