How to get rid of curry odor

Updated February 21, 2017

Curry is the one of the most popular dishes in the U.K. and fast becoming a favoured meal in the U.S., in both home-cooking and takeaway. The pungent odour curry emits lingers in the house and may cause problems with visitors or landlords. Spices used in the curry ingredients release fat-soluble oil, which causes the pungent aroma. The oil vapour is absorbed by fabrics and other porous surfaces, and that makes the aroma difficult to remove. Professional cleaning companies will remove the odour but may charge a premium rate. You can produce a simple, homemade remedy to remove the curry odour using inexpensive, household items.

Mix 3 cups white vinegar, 1 cup water and six cinnamon sticks in a large cooking pot.

Place the cooking pot on the hob and turn up the heat to bring the vinegar mixture to the boil.

Turn down the heat on the stove to allow the vinegar mix to simmer. Allow the vinegar mix to simmer for about four hours. The vinegar vapour will act as a natural cleaner and deodoriser, which will neutralise the curry odour on household surfaces and fabrics. Cinnamon sticks will produce an aroma similar to incense that will also neutralise curry odour.

Mix 1 cup water, 2 tbsp white vinegar in a clean container.

Dip the absorbent cloth in the container and wring until damp.

Wipe down surfaces and fabrics to remove the curry oil vapour.

Ventilate the room by opening the windows and doors. Allow the surfaces and fabrics to thoroughly air dry.


Leave 1/2 cup of white vinegar in a bowl in the kitchen when cooking curry. The vinegar will help neutralise the odour.


Do not mix vinegar with bleach cleaning products. The combination will cause a toxic aroma.

Things You'll Need

  • White vinegar
  • Cinnamon sticks
  • Cooking pot
  • Absorbent cloth
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Chris Simon began writing articles and fiction in 1988. His work has appeared in Science Fiction and Fantasy World Horror Writers U.K and "Flashlight."