How to remove a fish smell

Written by thomas king
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How to remove a fish smell
Fish has a distinctive, and sometimes lingering, odour. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Fish is an excellent source of Omega-3-fatty acids, vitamins, and minerals and most people enjoy eating some form of fish. But few people enjoy the odour that accompanies eating it. If you have ever cooked fish, you know that the odour can linger in your house, pots and pans, clothes, and hands well after you have finished eating it. Fortunately, there are things you can do to help get rid of any lingering "fishy" odour.

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Things you need

  • White vinegar
  • Mint leaves
  • Baking soda
  • Lemon-scented soap

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  1. 1

    Open your windows to allow for fresh air ventilation. Run a fan to increase the air circulation in the affected area.

  2. 2

    Marinate your fish in white vinegar for 30 minutes before cooking it. In addition to imparting it with a nice flavour, the vinegar breaks down the fishy smell.

  3. 3

    Place 8 to 10 mint leaves in the pan when cooking the fish. This helps mask the smell of the fish.

  4. 4

    Hang a wet towel in your kitchen while cooking the fish. Some people believe that a wet towel can absorb the smell, leaving the rest of the house odour-free.

  5. 5

    Wash pots and pans with 1-2 tablespoons of baking soda to 1 quart of water.

  6. 6

    Wash your clothes with bleach or some type of scented washing detergent, such as NappiSan or Simple Green.

  7. 7

    Use lemon-scented soap or detergent to wash your hands. Be sure to use a nail brush to clean under your fingernails as well.

Tips and warnings

  • If you are preparing fish, and it has a strong foul odour (not just a fishy smell), it might not be fit for consumption.

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