How to Get Rid of Fish Odor in the House

Updated November 21, 2016

Getting rid of the fish smell in your home after unwrapping a package of fish and cooking them does not have to be a daunting task. Once the fish has thawed or is out of a cold refrigerator, they begin to decompose and rot, thus causing the fishy smell. The fish smell can linger in your home for hours or even days. It is easy to find ways to get rid of the odour without spending a lot of money.

Smelly fish odours in the house can be neutralised by boiling vinegar in a pot of water on the stove. It is a natural way to eliminate the odour of fish. Also make a little box from tin foil and fill it with a few tablespoons of vanilla extract. Place it in the oven, and let it continue to warm until the vanilla scent fills your entire house.

Place fresh slices of citrus fruits in a pot of water on the stove and simmer, adding water to the pot as it evaporates to simmer the fruit as long as necessary to get rid of the fish odour.

Plug-in an air freshener that dispels a slight scent for several weeks to help with the fish smell in your house. A variety of scents are available to choose from like pumpkin or apple scents for fall, cranberries, and pine trees for a warm winter scent. Citrus or fresh linen smells pleasing from spring and summer scents.

Scented candles are also an inexpensive alternative to get rid of the fishy smell in the house. Several brands on the market have odour eliminating additives that can be lit to active the process. They are available in assorted scents that can burn for up to 30 hours.

Raise the windows of your house to dispel the odour of fish. Raising all or just a few windows and using an exhaust fan will help get the odour out of the house.


Fish should be stored at 4.44 degrees C or below.

Things You'll Need

  • Vinegar
  • Fresh fruits
  • Scented candles
  • Scented air freshener
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