What is the best way to get rid of unpleasant cooking odors?
Putting bicarbonate of soda into a couple of small bowls and placing them around the room where the odour comes from should help/
I like putting a pot of water on the stove with a little ginger and cinnamon in it. Bring it to a boil then simmer for a little while and the smell will take over the kitchen. This makes a good general air freshener.
First, I check vegetable baskets, the pantry, and the refrigerator. If there's anything there that's gone bad, it's thrown out and the compartment it occupied washed.
If that isn't the problem, I wash the stove's hood ventilator filters and then wipe off all the room's surfaces with microfiber rags. The cleaning agent I use with them is warm water with a little white vinegar added.
All the things already talked about are great. There are also candles that are for the purpose of use in the kitchen to handle cooking odors. I have found them at Bed, Bath and Beyond and Walgreens. They are also at stores/departments that sell cookware. Also at stores that have large supply of candles for different purposes.
Aside from the tips already mentioned, you could try masking them with more pleasant cooking odors. The smell of freshly baked chocolate chip cookies or banana bread should help make the kitchen smell better.
I boil 1/2 fresh lemon and sprig of fresh rosemary on the stove or microwave. After it boils I let it simmer for 1/2 hour if it's on the stove. In the microwave I just let it sit.
I can't remember where I learned this tidbit (probably Martha Stewart, but I can't recall), but when we cook fish inside, we always simmer some lemon juice on the stove for about twenty minutes after dinner. Also, walk the simmering pot from room to room or leave it on a potholder in a room if the odor has wafted throughout the house. This works for us everytime.
I HATE cooking/food smells, whether or not someone else would think they're pleasant or unpleasant. Some people are more careful about not getting some things like onion oils all over the kitchen. Others aren't.
First, I open either a door or window to a) let some fresh air in to "dilute" the kitchen/house air, and b) better ventilate the kitchen because I know I'm about to spray-cleaner "bomb" the kitchen.This isn't the most Earth-friendly or lung-friendly way of dealing it food smells, but I start by taking the spray cleaner and paper towel to all the surfaces, particularly the range top and front of the stove. Then I'll do the refrigerator door handle, counter tops, microwave front (where the buttons are) and top. Then I'll hit the table top. Then I'll hose down the sinks, shoot some spray cleaner into the drain, and wash off the faucet handles. Then I'll get rid of the trash from the cooking and/or the cleaning and shoot some more spray cleaner under the lid of the trash container. I end the whole "fumigation" by dumping some baking soda into the drains and the strainer baskets.
I do try to pay attention to how "potent" a spray cleaner is, but I'm not above Lysol if the food smell won't go with a milder cleaner. (Note: My children are grown, so I'm freer now to go a little wild with the chemicals because I'd rather be dead than live with food smells! (lol)
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