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6 Cheap & Easy Ways To Make Your Kitchen Smell Good

Updated on August 26, 2015

What is That Smell?

Have you walked into your kitchen lately and was quickly halted by an unpleasant odor? Whether it's from food your cooking, food that was previously cooked, or a "mystery" smell, a stinky kitchen is so unappetizing!

If your looking for some cheap and easy ways to make your kitchen smell good, check out the six simple ways I have listed below. Since they're all budget-friendly, you'll probably have most of the items you need already in your home.

1. Check The Garbage

Your kitchen garbage can often be the prime suspect of kitchen odors. Here are some cheap and easy ways to keep your garbage can fresh and free from odors.

  • Any garbage that has a strong odor (diapers, bad meat, fish, etc.) should be immediately taken out to your outside garbage can or dumpster. Letting it sit in your kitchen garbage can will allow it to quickly "perfume" the area.
  • Promptly clean up food or spills that leak from your garbage bag into your kitchen garbage can. I also advise putting a good cleaner into the garbage can, spraying it out with water and then using paper towels or old rags to clean out any debris.
  • Sprinkle baking soda in your garbage can or garbage bag, to soak up any unpleasant smells or liquids.
  • Using scented garbage bags can also help deter smelly garbage.
  • Try using smaller garbage bags or take out your garbage more often, to eliminate odors that will linger from your trash being in the kitchen for extended periods of time.


2. Don't Forget Your Sink

Make your sink a dish-free zone and you will notice how much better your sink will smell. By washing your dishes as you use them or promptly rinsing them and then putting them in your dishwasher, your less likely to have any odor from your sink.

Check out the cheap & easy tips below to keep your sink smelling fresh :

  • Scrub it weekly with your favorite antibacterial cleaning products to kill odor causing bacteria.
  • Sprinkle baking soda and vinegar in the drains, or your disposal, to clean and freshen them.
  • If you've had dishes sitting in your sink, do a quick rinse with water and soap of your sink and then dry it to get rid of odor causing liquids and food particles.

3. The Power Of Plants

There are many houseplants you can easily buy and put in your kitchen, to purify your air and produce a better air quality. Check out the list below of some great air purifying plants.

  • Aloe Vera
  • Bamboo
  • Snake Plant
  • Fern
  • Ficus
  • Peace Lily
  • Spider Plant


4. Light A Candle

One of the easiest ways I make my kitchen cozy and smell good, is by using some of my favorite candles. Some of my favorite scents for the kitchen are vanilla, lemon, peppermint, raspberry, cinnamon and more!

I personally enjoy using candles because I've found most scents are not overpowering, they are generally priced for all types of budgets, and the scents linger for a lot longer than canned air fresheners.


5. What's Hiding In, Under & Behind Your Refrigerator?

Your refrigerator can be one of the biggest causes of odor, due to all the bacteria that daily lives in, under and behind it.

Try out the tips below so you can stop lingering odors that may be coming from your refrigerator area.

  • Look in your refrigerator for foods that have spoiled, spilled, or fallen out of it's package. These foods or liquids are the main contributors to odors. Throw these items away by taking them outside to your outdoor garbage can or dumpster.
  • Make it a habit to clean the refrigerator out on grocery day. Toss expired or spoiled items out and then wipe down your shelves with your favorite kitchen cleaner.
  • Label leftovers with the date, so they do not linger in your refrigerator any longer than they need to. Better yet, don't keep a leftover if you know you or your family won't eat it.
  • Move your refrigerator and check for spills and dropped food, under or behind it. They can quickly cause kitchen odor as well.
  • If you happen to see yellow liquid and small black "droppings", your kitchen odor may be coming from mice living under or behind your refrigerator.

6. Air Fresheners

My last cheap and easy way to make your kitchen smell is good is by using air fresheners. We've probably all been there when we cooked some fish or eaten a boiled egg and your looking for a quick and easy way to fix their pungent odors!

There are many inexpensive air freshener choices to choose from at almost any grocery store, or you could also choose to make your own. If you want to learn how to make three different kinds of homemade air freshener, check out the video below and may your kitchen always smell it's best!

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      Patricia Scott 2 years ago from sunny Florida

      There are so many lovely ways to make the kitchen smell delightful. Keeping it really clean always helps and don't lemons just make it smell divine?

      Thanks for your collection of suggestions.

      HOping all is good with you this afternoon Angels are on the way to you ps

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      C E Clark 2 years ago from North Texas

      Another thing you can do is simmer some of your favorite spices in a pan of water on the stove top for a few minutes. Some spices will scent the air longer than others.

      Sharing these good ideas with my followers. We are having 99 degrees at the moment here in North Texas. Maybe by Thanksgiving it will cool down . . . :) Hope you're in a cool place!

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      JR Krishna 2 years ago from India

      I like the idea of lighting candle. It works well for me

      Thanks for sharing