How to Get Rid of Burnt Food Odor

Updated February 21, 2017

While preparing dinner and you accidentally spilt some sauce in your oven. Now your kitchen smells like burnt food. You've opened the doors and windows, but the smell is still present. You don't have to move your family's dinner to another house. With a small amount of vinegar, you can get rid of the burnt food odour and start setting the table for dinner.

Place a sauce pan or pot on your stove's burner and add one qt. of water.

Pour two cups of white vinegar into the pan or pot of water.

Turn on the burner and bring the vinegar/water solution to a boil.

Turn off the burner and let it simmer for 15 to 30 minutes. The vinegar/water mixture will remove the burnt smell from your kitchen.

Cut up about two cups of white bread and place the bread on four saucers or plates.

Pour white vinegar over the white bread.

Place the saucers or plates throughout your house to absorb the burnt food odour.


To store the vinegar/water solution, pour it into a plastic container and store it in the freezer. If you need to remove any odours in the future, remove the solution, thaw it and bring the mixture to a boil.

Things You'll Need

  • Sauce pan or pot
  • Water
  • White vinegar
  • Kitchen knife
  • White bread
  • 4 plates or saucers
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Nick Davis is a freelance writer specializing in technical, travel and entertainment articles. He holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Memphis and an associate degree in computer information systems from the State Technical Institute at Memphis. His work has appeared in "Elite Memphis" and "The Daily Helmsman" in Memphis, Tenn. He is currently living in Albuquerque, N.M.