How to Get Rid of Fish Odor

Fish odours can get into a house while storing, cleaning or cooking fish. Simply removing the fish may not solve the smell problem. The smell can soak into surfaces and linger in the air. You can use vinegar and baking soda or a lemon to remove fish odours from your house. Vinegar, baking soda and lemons absorb odours without using harmful or harsh chemicals. They don’t stain or bleach. Vinegar and lemons also kills bacteria, which raw fish leave behind.

Open the windows.

Sprinkle a layer of baking soda over the area where the fish sat. Leave it for an hour.

Wipe off the baking soda with a wet rag.

Pour vinegar into a spray bottle. Spray the room with the vinegar. Spray the surfaces the fish touched to kill the germs.

Wait about 20 minutes for the vinegar smell to disappear.

If the fish smell is still in the air, pour vinegar in the bowl. Set the bowl in the room for a couple hours to absorb odours. Pour the vinegar down a drain. Pour two cups of water down the drain to flush out the vinegar.

Microwave a lemon for 20 seconds. This makes it softer and easier to handle. It also helps the juice come out.

Cut the lemon in half on a cutting board.

Rub the lemon over the surfaces the fish touched. The lemon helps remove the smell and kills germs and bacteria.

Throw the lemon away.

Wait for the surface to dry. If it's sticky, wipe it down with a wet rag.


Remove the trash from the room if it contains any residue of fish. You can use lemon juice instead of a lemon.

Things You'll Need

  • Baking soda
  • Rag
  • Spray bottle
  • Vinegar
  • Bowl
  • Lemon
  • Knife
  • Cutting board
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Racheal Ambrose started writing professionally in 2007. She has worked for the minority publishing company Elite Media Group Inc., Ball Bearings online magazine, "Ball State Daily News" and "The Herald Bulletin." Her articles focus on minority and women's issues, children, crafts, housekeeping and green living. Ambrose holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Ball State University.