How to Get Rid of Curry Smell in Carpet

Updated February 21, 2017

Curry, a tasty spice used in many main dishes, leaves a strong smell that lingers in your home and carpet if not well ventilated during the cooking process. Curry smells get trapped in carpet fibres, causing odours to remain days after the curry dish was cooked. Remove curry smells from carpets using simple products and procedures.

Attach unscented dryer sheets to a dust mop with disposable cleaning strips. Run the dryer sheets over the carpet to trap odours that have settled on top of the carpet. Use unscented dryer sheets to avoid masking the curry smell with a fragrance.

Sprinkle baking soda generously over the entire carpet and allow it to remain on the carpet overnight. Baking soda will neutralise and absorb the curry smell.

Sweep the carpet the next day, removing the baking soda. If a slight curry odour remains, sprinkle baking soda lightly throughout the carpet. Leave it on for 30 minutes, then vacuum it up.


Open windows or turn on the stove ventilation fan when cooking with curry to help remove the smell from the house before it can settle into the carpet.

Things You'll Need

  • Unscented dryer sheets
  • Dust mop
  • Baking soda
  • Sweeper
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