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How to Get Rid of Bad Kitchen Odors

Updated on November 10, 2012

All kitchens have odors. Some are good, some are bad. Here are some tips to help you get rid of the bad ones.

If your refrigerator or freezer are smelling bad, you can get rid of the odors by wiping the entire interior with vanilla extract on a cloth. You need to be sure and rub it in hard to get the scent out. Then, wipe it with a clean cloth. Or, if you prefer, you can use vinegar in the same way. Just be sure to wipe it off afterward.

If you have a refrigerator that has been left closed when the power was off, it is easy to get rid of the bad smell. Just leave a dish of charcoal in the fridge for a few days. Every few days, change out and put new briquettes until the smell is gone.

Freezer odors are also easy to get rid of. Put a cup of coffee grounds inside and close the door. This should be left over night. Repeat if the odor is not gone.

Sometimes we all forget something in the oven and the smell will linger forever. Just sprinkle cinnamon in a shallow pan and place in a warm, not hot, oven. This should help your oven smell great, and your kitchen, too.

Vinegar is great for getting bad smells out. If your drain is not smelling good, pour some down and let it set in the pipe for a while. You can also simmer a cup of white vinegar on the stove to rid your kitchen of unpleasant cooking odors, such as onion or garlic.

A lingering odor in your microwave can make your entire kitchen smell bad. To get rid of most odors, wet a cloth in warm water and ring it out, then dip it in baking soda. Use this to lightly scrub the inside of your microwave. It will help immensely with bad odors. You can also place a cup of water with one tablespoon of lemon juice in the microwave. Heat on high for one minute. This will also help get out the bad odors.

To get the fishy smell out of your frying pan, fill the pan with water. Then add vinegar and heat to a boil. Let it boil about one minute. Afterwards, wash and rinse as you usually would. You may need to repeat this procedure if the odor has been in the pan for a long time.

All kitchens have bad odors from time to time. The trick is knowing how to get rid of them and not let them linger. Hopefully these tips will help you keep your kitchen smelling fresh.


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    Myfanwy 5 years ago from Tennessee, USA

    You are very welcome!

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    Jayme Kinsey 5 years ago from Oklahoma

    Very useful tips. I like the idea of using vanilla in the fridge. I can see where that would sweeten it immensely! Thanks for sharing these ideas!