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How to Get Rid of Cooking Smells in Your Home


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Home cooking smells great while you're eating, but stale cooking odors can linger in the house long after you've finished eating. Materials like natural fibers, wood, and porous stones used in furniture can absorb cooking scents, creating lingering food smells around the house that eventually smell off.

In this article, we present 8 ways you can get rid of cooking odors from your home before and after cooking. Eliminate cooking odors by opening windows to let the fumes out, or using natural deodorizers like cinnamon sticks, baking soda, coffee grounds, and lemon peels!

How to Get Food Smell Out of House

Preparations Before and During Cooking

#1 Open Windows

Opening windows before cooking will allow vapors and fumes to escape your home, minimizing the amount of cooking smells that linger in the house. Open as many windows as you can whenever you're cooking, especially when cooking strong-scented dishes and smelly foods. Having an exhaust fan by your stove vent will help in eliminating cooking odors as well.

#2 Use a Charcoal Filter Splatter Screen

A charcoal filter splatter screen is a cooking utensil with a mesh screen that goes over your pots and pans to prevent splatters from staining your kitchen. A charcoal filter will absorb odors from cooking, and prevent them from entering your home. Be sure to use a splatter screen that fits your pan in order to remove as much cooking smells as possible.

#3 Turn the Range Hood On

Activating the range hood is another way to remove strong cooking odors, particularly from searing, grilling, or deep frying that may produce smoke and pungent odors. The range hood will redirect unpleasant smells outside your home through the vents above the stove. This will minimize kitchen smells while cooking.

Get Rid of Lingering Food Smells

#4 Sprinkle Natural Deodorizers

Natural deodorizers such as coffee grounds and lemon rinds combat cooking smells with scents of their own. Placing these ingredients will deodorize rooms, and act as air fresheners to overtake kitchen smells. Keep coffee grounds or lemon peels in a mesh bag, and place them around your home, or sprinkle them directly on materials that absorb odors.

#5 Heat Up a Potpourri Mix

Another effective way to combat lingering odors is to heat up a fresh pot of boiling water with some citrus peels such as orange, lemon, grapefruit, and more, along with other scented ingredients like cinnamon sticks, vanilla essence, and the like. Keep the mixture on low heat, and the potpourri mix should steam and release scents into the air.

Boiling lemons is a simple way to freshen the air without using too many ingredients as the lemon steam provides a fresh scent that wafts through your home. You may opt to use citrus scraps instead, or your favorite essential oil in place of sliced lemons.

#6 Use Charcoal Deodorizers

Charcoal deodorizers work similarly to coffee grounds, but will absorb odors instead of mask them. This is the preferred method to get rid of strong cooking odors such as fried fish and boiled cabbage, and is a surefire way to get rid of cooking smells. Strategically place open containers of charcoal around your kitchen to absorb stubborn smells.

#7 Clear the Garbage Disposal

Leftover food may be sitting in the garbage disposal, causing the stale smells to waft around the house. Clear your garbage disposal by running it with ice and salt to clean the blades, and deodorize with some hot water to remove bacteria sitting in your disposal.

#8 Use a Vinegar and Baking Soda Solution

Use a vinegar and baking soda spray as a deodorizer to remove smells from furniture and house materials that may have absorbed these smells. Mix together equal parts vinegar and baking soda in a spray bottle, and spray it all over the kitchen to get rid of cooking smells. The smell of vinegar should dissipate once dry, and baking soda helps to deodorize surfaces.

Keep Your Kitchen Odor-Free

Luce Home provides the best solution to keeping your home free from those smells and odors from cooking. Our cleaning services will get rid of the source of these smells, and deodorize your furniture as well to keep your home smelling fresh and clean everyday!

Our experienced cleaners are well-versed in cleaning different areas of the home, so you can assure your living room, kitchen, bedroom, and even bathrooms will be spotless and odor-free. Choose Luce Home as your trusted partner in all things cleaning, and upkeep your house the convenient way!

Check out our full list of services, and contact us to schedule your cleaning session!

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