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How to get rid of a cooking grease smell

Updated February 21, 2017

Love to cook but hate the lingering odours? The kitchen can be one of the smelliest rooms in the house no matter how often you clean. Food preparation, especially frying, can be smelly, and the odour from the grease you used to fry your food can linger for days. Luckily, there are some simple ways to rid your kitchen of the greasy smell.

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  1. Clean up any dirty dishes or utensils that you used to cook.

  2. Wash any towels or oven gloves that may have absorbed the greasy smell.

  3. Take out the trash. Cooking grease on paper towels or napkins in the dustbin contribute to kitchen smells.

  4. Air out your kitchen. Open the windows and doors. Turn on the exhaust fan over your stove, and let it run for a few hours.

  5. Fill a large bowl with white vinegar. Vinegar has the power to absorb smells. Depending on how strong the smell is, leave the bowl in the kitchen for a few hours or a few days.

  6. Wipe down hard surfaces if the smell still lingers. Counters, cabinets and even walls can be wiped down with a mixture of one part vinegar to two parts water. Grease particles that build up on these surfaces can harbour odours.

  7. Tip

    If you can't get rid of the smell, a room deodoriser or scented candle may help cover it up.


    Never touch hot grease. Let the grease cool in the pan before disposing of it. Vinegar can irritate your eyes. Avoid spraying near your face.

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Things You'll Need

  • White vinegar

About the Author

Baird Daily is an English instructor. She is published in the "World Literary Review" and has written about music and arts for the "Daily Athenaeum." She holds a B.A. and M.A. from Western Virginia University and is a doctoral student at the University of Kentucky.

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