How to Get Rid of a Fried Fish Smell in a House

Fish is a healthy and delicious meat that is full of nutrients -- such as omega-3 fatty acids -- that are important to your well-being. Unfortunately, frying fish can fill your home with a strong, unpleasant aroma that last for days after the fish was fried. This odour can turn your once enjoyable home into a stinky mess. A variety of ways exist to remove the fish odour and restore your home to a fresh smelling state.

Open as many doors and windows as possible to air out your home.

Fill a pot with water and add lemon wedges. Allow the pot to boil dry on your stove. This will remove the odours from the air while filling your home with a fresh, citrus aroma. Alternatively, boil tea on your stove to remove the fried fish odours.

Place several small bowls filled with white vinegar around your home. The vinegar will absorb the fried fish odour from the air.

Fill a spray bottle with white vinegar. Liberally spray curtains and upholstery with the vinegar to remove the fish odours that have become trapped in the fibres. Allow the vinegar to air dry on the item.

Sprinkle baking soda over your carpet. Allow the baking soda to sit on the carpet undisturbed for a few hours. After the allotted time, remove the baking soda with a vacuum. Baking soda is an all-natural deodoriser that will remove the fish odours trapped in the carpet.

Wrap cinnamon sticks loosely in aluminium foil. Place the cinnamon sticks in an oven preheated to 163 degrees Celsius for 15 minutes. The cinnamon will remove odours and fill your home with a pleasant aroma.

Fill a bowl with milk and submerge the fresh fish into the milk. Allow the fish to soak for 30 minutes before cooking. This will help eliminate odours during the frying process that are caused by the natural oils found in fish.

Place a spoonful of creamy peanut butter in the pan in which you are frying the fish. The peanut butter will adsorb the fried fish odours while cooking.

Fill a pot with 1 part white vinegar and 5 parts water. Allow the mixture to boil on the stove while you are frying the fish. Vinegar is an all-natural deodoriser that will remove the fish odours from the air.

Wash the cooking utensils in a sink filled with warm soapy water and 1/4 cup of white vinegar.

Rub lemon wedges on your hands to remove the fish odour from your skin.

Things You'll Need

  • Pot
  • Lemon wedges
  • Tea bags
  • Small bowls
  • White vinegar
  • Spray bottle
  • Baking soda
  • Vacuum
  • Aluminium foil
  • Cinnamon sticks
  • Milk
  • Peanut butter
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About the Author

Amanda Flanigan began writing professionally in 2007. Flanigan has written for various publications, including WV Living and American Craft Council, and has published several eBooks on craft and garden-related subjects. Flanigan completed two writing courses at Pierpont Community and Technical College.