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How to Get Rid of the Smell of Fish Sauce

Updated February 21, 2017

Your signature fish sauce may taste terrific, but it may not be as fabulous when your whole house smells like something out of the bottom of the ocean. Get rid of that fishy cooking smell with a few home remedies that will have your house smelling fresh again. Using candles and scented sprays often exacerbate the problem, so conquer your cooking smells naturally for best results.

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  1. Start eliminating smells before they occur by cooking fish sauce with the kitchen windows open. Some of the scent will drift outside as you cook. Turn on the fan above your hob to dissipate the smell while the sauce is cooking.

  2. Pour white vinegar into a saucepan and put it on the stove. Simmer the vinegar for up to an hour to naturally remove fishy or unwanted cooking smells. Vinegar is a natural deodoriser and will eliminate smells in your home.

  3. Freshen the air naturally with lemons and oranges. Slice a lemon and an orange and put them into a saucepan filled with boiling water. Add some cloves, cinnamon or both herbs to the boiling citrus fruits to create a natural and refreshing fragrance in your kitchen, which will help get rid of the fish sauce smell.

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Things You'll Need

  • White vinegar
  • Saucepan
  • Oranges and lemons
  • Cloves
  • Cinnamon

About the Author

Christi Aldridge has been writing professionally since 2009. She graduated from Texas Christian University, where she was a featured contributor for several campus publications and won an award for best columnist.

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