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How to Get the Fried Food Smell Out of a House Fast

Fried food will quickly fill your home with an unpleasant odour. This cooking aroma will attach itself to various surfaces of your home. Walls, carpets, upholstery and various other surfaces will trap the fried food smell and last for weeks after the food is gone. Fortunately, you can remove the fried food smells from your home fast using common ingredients found in many kitchen pantries.

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  1. Dampen a clean sponge with white vinegar and carefully wipe the walls clean. Let the vinegar dry on the walls to remove the fried food smells trapped in the wall pores.

  2. Pour distilled white vinegar in a clean spray, mist upholstered furniture with the vinegar and let air dry. Repeat the process until the cooking odours are no longer present.

  3. Apply a thin layer of baking soda on the carpet and let sit for several hours. The baking soda must cover the carpet completely. Vacuum the baking soda off the carpet after the allotted time passes. Alternatively, add dried herbs and leaves -- such as lavender or cloves -- to the baking soda to create a fragrant carpet freshener.

  4. Launder smelly curtains and draperies as you normally would except add 1 cup of white vinegar to the rinse cycle to remove odours trapped in the fabric.

  5. Boil water and several lemon wedges on the stove until the water boils dry. The lemon wedges will fill the air will a fresh, citrus scent while removing fried food odours. Alternatively, boil equal parts water and white vinegar.

  6. Bake cinnamon sticks wrapped in tin foil in an oven set to 162 degrees Cor 15 to 20 minutes. Open the oven door, turn the oven off and let the sweet aroma fill your home.

  7. Tip

    Open all doors and windows in the home and run several fans to remove stale, stinky air.

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Things You'll Need

  • White vinegar
  • Sponge
  • Spray bottle
  • Baking soda
  • Vacuum
  • Dried herbs or leaves
  • Pot
  • Lemon wedges
  • Cinnamon sticks
  • Tin foil

About the Author

Amanda Flanigan began writing professionally in 2007. Flanigan has written for various publications, including WV Living and American Craft Council, and has published several eBooks on craft and garden-related subjects. Flanigan completed two writing courses at Pierpont Community and Technical College.

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