Thursday, October 10, 2013

Getting rid of cooking smells

Wipe down all leftover bits of food or grease, as these can stink up your kitchen and invite pests.

Do you still smell the curry from two days ago? What was once a mouth-watering aroma can turn your stomach if it lingers too long. It doesn’t matter whether you live in a big house or a tiny apartment, if you cook at home, these smells can remain in the kitchen or permeate into other parts of your house. 

The only way to remove the odor is to get rid of the source and if that’s not enough, to neutralize it. Don’t give in to the temptation of just masking one strong odor with another. 

Here are some things you can do: 

1. Clean up all traces

Don’t leave cooking pots or pans with food in the kitchen. Wash all cooking utensils right away and don’t forget to clean countertops, the stovetop, the backsplash, and the outside parts of the range hood. Wipe down all leftover bits of food or grease, as these can stink up your kitchen and invite pests.

Use coffee (slightly warmed beans) and vinegar for absorbing smells, and lemon or other citrus rinds, and spices such as cinnamon and nutmeg simmered in water to neutralize.

2. Keep leftovers in air-tight containers

Those airtight plastic containers sell so well because they work. Keep your leftovers in them so you can avoid having your entire refrigerator smelling of leftover food. 

3. Take out the trash

It’s no good cleaning your kitchen if you don’t take out the garbage. This is especially true if you threw bits of raw ingredients like meat or fish in the bin. These can get smelly pretty quickly so best to get it out of the house immediately. 

4. Ventilation

Sometimes, even the help of a range hood or vent isn’t enough to counter lingering cooking smells. Try to maximize airflow within the areas that cannot be closed off by opening windows and using circulating fans.

5. Counter-attack

You can use other substances to cancel out the lingering cooking smells or absorb them. Use coffee (slightly warmed beans) and vinegar for absorbing smells, and lemon or other citrus rinds, and spices such as cinnamon and nutmeg simmered in water to neutralize.


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