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How to remove burnt smells from the house

Updated February 21, 2017

At one point or another it has surely happened to everyone --- a burnt smell lingering in the air as an almost taunting reminder of a meal that got the better of the cook. Somehow the smell of burnt food tends to linger in the house much longer than the smell of food that turned out perfectly. No one should have to take that kind of teasing, especially from food. Fortunately, there are several easy ways to successfully cover up your dinner debacle and get rid of any other pesky burnt smells in your home.

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  1. Preheat the oven to 93.3 degrees C. Line a cookie sheet with aluminium foil and sprinkle it liberally with cinnamon and sugar. Add a tablespoon of butter and let it sit in the oven for two to four hours or until you decide to take it out. The house will smell deceivingly like non-burnt baked goods instead.

  2. Open up all of the windows and turn on the fan. Try to force fresh air through the house to clear out any burnt smells.

  3. Cut up a lemon into pieces and put it into a pot of boiling water on the stove. Let it boil for 10-15 minutes to freshen the air.

  4. Cut up an onion and place it in a bowl of water. Leave it in the middle of the room overnight and it will absorb odours from the air.

  5. Boil a handful of cloves in a pot of water to help to change the lingering smell in the air.

  6. Tip

    Get rid of the burnt food or object that caused the smell to begin with. Throwing it in the trash enables it to still affect the air in your home. Most air fresheners will only cover up the smell and you'll end up with rose-scented charred bacon instead of clean air. Air circulation in the house is key and can be done in conjunction with any of the other methods for optimal results.

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Things You'll Need

  • Cookie sheet
  • Aluminium foil
  • Cinnamon
  • Sugar
  • Fan
  • Onion
  • Lemon
  • Cloves

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