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How To Get Rid Of Cooking Smells

Whether you’re an aspiring home chef or are just warming up a lot of dishes for a sizable family gathering, lingering food smells can be the least appetizing part of any meal. This is especially true during the holidays when your kitchen could be seeing larger amounts of food preparation and dishes than it does on an average day.

Ready to learn how to get rid of cooking smells in your house? Let’s go.

Use Common Kitchen Sense

If you follow good kitchen form, you can reduce the amount of time you spend figuring out how to remove cooking odors. Make sure you keep your kitchen clean from the floor to the top shelves of your refrigerator and freezer. You should also cook with the fan on, take waste out regularly and remember to wash your trash can. In addition, take a second to wipe up spills immediately, keep your sink clean and dump those dish sponges if they start to smell. You may find the following cleaning posts helpful.

Fight Smells with Better Smells

Certain ingredients, like garlic, can add a kick to many dishes, but they also have very powerful aromas. Trying to figure out how to get rid of garlic smells in your house? The key to remedying this pungent problem is to tackle it with a more fragrant food or beverage. If you’re making a dessert, for example, the smell of baking and spices like nutmeg, ginger or cinnamon can often wrestle garlic or onion odors into submission. Brewing a fresh pot of coffee can be helpful, too. And you can always use simmer pots, natural sprays or other forms of aromatherapy to make your house smell sweet again:

Fight Fishy Fragrances with Vinegar

Wondering how to remove fish smells from your house after cooking? Well, the best way to avoid that seafood stink is to not cook fish in the first place. But if you insist or perhaps a Feast of Seven Fishes is part of your holiday tradition, try setting out a few bowls of vinegar as you prepare your dinner. You can also simmer some distilled white vinegar after your meal to help get rid of any lingering scents.

Beat Bad Smells with Baking Soda

Baking soda is renowned for its deodorizing properties. Pour some into mason jars, poke holes in the lids and distribute these around the kitchen, so they can absorb any odors left behind by your meal prep. Take this tip to the next level by adding a few drops of your favorite essential oil to the baking soda, so that you can sweeten the smell.

Now you know how to get rid of cooking smells that radiate from your kitchen. Looking for more stink-busting tips? Learn to combat musty winter smells and deodorize your home.

And if you need some help getting your home or kitchen tidy before a big holiday meal — or any sort of event — contact your local Merry Maids for some cleaning backup.