If you work in the restaurant industry, you know what it’s like to come home after work and have a strong cooking smell on your clothes.
This same cooking smell can linger in your home during and after cooking and stick around unless you take a proactive approach to eliminate kitchen odours.
Today, I will share the easiest hacks to eliminate kitchen odours.
You might just be surprised at how inexpensive these options can be.
Frugal Solutions For Everyday Kitchen Odours
My house smells. What can I do about it?
It depends on where the smell comes from, but the house smells often start in the bathrooms and kitchen.
A musty smell in the house comes with age, dust, old carpets and rugs, damp wood, hot spots, rundown walls, bathrooms and leaks.
You may get even worse smells if you smoke in the house or have pets which need to be monitored and cleaned up daily to eliminate the odour.
We use a dehumidifier to get help with moisture in the air and humidity in the house. It also helps to freshen the air and remove any bacteria in the air.
What Are Kitchen Odours?
Kitchen sink drain smells are one of the most familiar smells in your kitchen apart from kitchen odours. If you have ever had a smell from the kitchen sink hit you in the nose, you know it’s time to do some damage control.
A smelly drain can be clogged with bits from your dirty pots and pans and get trapped.
How To Get Rid Of Cooking Smells
If you want to keep your stove off because it costs too much to run large appliances during the peak time of Hydro rates, then use the next best thing, your crock-pot. I know, genius, huh?
One of the most important ways to eliminate kitchen odours is to clean your kitchen promptly after cooking.
If there are two people, one can cook, and the other can clean, which is what we do in our house.
Leaving your pots and pans with grease, burnt food, or stuck-on food only adds to the kitchen odours you are trying to eliminate, so clean up and don’t leave it for the next day.
My wife goes nuts if I don’t have a sink of soapy water at all times when I cook because I’m notorious for just throwing everything in the sink and dealing with it later.
She’s smart, though, as any cooked-on food will start to loosen up in the water, saving time in the kitchen during clean-up.
Clean your kitchen
You might think you have a clean kitchen because your sink is empty and everything is put away. Think again.
When was the last time you scrubbed your floors, cleaned your kitchen cupboards inside and out, and sanitized your counters, back-splash and walls?
Even your light fixtures can have grease film caked on, which adds to the kitchen odours you might be smelling.
Cleaning our refrigerator out once a month and keeping a handy chart on the fridge, so we know when it’s time to clean it again.
We also pull out the refrigerator often and clean the compressor and condenser of dust and fuzz.
Keeping the condenser and compressor dust-free will help your refrigerator run more economically because it can exchange the heat better.
While doing that, we also clean the floor underneath the fridge.
Many smells might hit you in the face when you open the refrigerator door, but if you eliminate those odours at the source, you’ll win half the battle.
For strong-smelling foods in the fridge, we use a small container of baking soda to help control funky smells.
Once a week, we clean the outside of our kitchen cabinets with vinegar, water and soap.
Doing so helps to eliminate any grease and sticky messes we missed.
Our kitchen cabinets are old and due to get replaced, but with a brand new kitchen, investigate what you can use for kitchen cabinetry for cleaning.
Open the curtains or blinds and turn on the lights if you have kitchen windows.
Get down on your hands and knees, or use a chair for sitting and inspecting the kitchen elements.
I’ll tell you; it’s incredible what you will find once you start investigating all the cracks.
It may sound a bit obsessive, but if you want to eliminate kitchen odours and dirt, you have to get right into it.
If you have blinds and curtains, give them a good cleaning once a month, as they can both harbour kitchen odours.
Hot water, soap, vinegar, lemon and baking soda go a long way in the kitchen.
During the summer months, we compost kitchen scraps to help create luscious soil for our garden, but that is not possible for us during the winter.
If you find that you have a lot of vegetable peels, meat scraps, egg shells, and other food waste that you don’t compost in the winter, it’s essential to clear out the garbage can as soon as you can.
If there are any spills in the garbage bin, clean them promptly with vinegar and water to eliminate kitchen odours.
Once a week, we take our kitchen bin inserts out of the main housing and scrub them out with soap and hot water.
Not only does this keep them smelling nice but looking clean, which is far more appealing than a garbage bin plastered in food, hand prints and over-flowing in your kitchen.
The worst is when you are a guest in someone’s home for dinner and have to see something like this.
It makes you wonder how sanitary the rest of the kitchen is, and diligence with food safety is applied.
A few minutes a day will save you lots of headaches and embarrassment, so don’t be lazy. Clean up your messes.
Fresh Air Reduces Kitchen Odours
The most obvious way to begin the elimination process of kitchen odours is to open the windows in the house.
In the Spring and Summer, our windows are open all day unless the central air is on.
Nothing is better than fresh air in the house, especially in spring and fall.
Once the winter is over and you finally open the windows in your house, do you ever find you want to sit down and enjoy the breeze and fresh air that flows through your home?
It’s great; we enjoy that first moment after the snow melts but don’t often open them when it’s below temps and freezing outside.
When you are trying to keep a house warm in the winter opening the windows to eliminate kitchen odours will work. Still, you’re also compromising the inside heated environment, making your furnace work harder and longer.
Ultimately this will cost you more; however, if you are willing to pay the price, it’s worth it.
You can open the fresh air intake damper on the furnace ducting in the winter to bring fresh air from outside.
That’s what it’s designed for; however, I replaced ours because it wasn’t working correctly.
The problem was that it let high moisture content air through into the house in the middle of summer.
That makes the air conditioning work harder, costing us more money.
Cinnamon Sticks and Cloves
I’m a fan of incense when I don’t like smells in the house, and my wife is a cinnamon sticks and cloves kind of woman.
A bag of cinnamon sticks will cost about one dollar, and cloves you can pick up relatively cheap at the Indian store, which is where we like to refresh most of our spices for cheap.
When I travelled throughout India and Thailand, all I could smell at times was the use of incense as it’s widespread for ritual purposes, but it carries.
I use incense sticks to combat kitchen odours from the potent spices used in the kitchen.
We also love spices and have two ample cupboards, but the lingering smell of certain spices is not so appealing afterward.
I have often come home from work believing she’s made a hot batch of frosted cinnamon rolls.
Sadly there was only a pot of cinnamon sticks and cloves slowly simmering on the stove-top.
Sometimes she adds vanilla to the pot, but that stuff is expensive, so it’s not something we tend to waste.
We have a jug of vinegar under the kitchen sink for many uses around the house.
You’ll find that every bathroom has a vinegar and water spray bottle, as does our kitchen.
We use vinegar to clean and sanitize many surfaces in our house, including cleaning smears from our mirrors and windows.
It’s a cheap way to clean your house without all the harsh chemicals you’ll find in commercial cleaning products.
When we became parents, we needed to eliminate certain cleaning products so we weren’t filling the air with any toxins our son might breathe.
We also clean our kettle, coffee pot, toaster and toaster oven with vinegar and water to release any build-up from hard water and burnt foods.
Dishcloths and cutting boards get a soak in bleach, water and dish soap. I then run dish clothes through the washing machine as they can hold lots of kitchen smell that can be disgusting.
How To Remove Fish Odour From The House
If you aren’t a fan of buying acidic fruits such as oranges, lemon and lime, certainly bust out the vinegar and put it to work.
My wife and I left a small bowl of white vinegar on the counter while we were cooking to eliminate kitchen odours, especially if we were deep-frying, shallow frying or cooking any fish, onions or garlic.
Some people like to add a few drops of pure vanilla extract or other essential oils that help to mask kitchen odours and, in most cases, eliminate them.
The other option we’ve used in the past is to set a small pot of water and vinegar on the stove-top and let that boil for about 15-20 minutes to help rid of any kitchen odours that are sticking around like a nasty stain.
You might not like the smell of white vinegar, but anything is better than smelling leftover food smells. Yuck!
The acid in lemons is what helps to eliminate kitchen odours. Unlike vinegar, the sweeter smells of lemon, lime and oranges will be far more appealing than leftover food kitchen odours.
A super easy and frugal way to eliminate kitchen odours with lemon, oranges, and lime is to fill your crock-pot with water and dump them in.
You can run the crock-pot overnight at the cheapest rate or while you’re gone to work, so you come home to a fresh-smelling house.
In our refrigerator, you will always find a small bowl of baking soda which tends to soak up the odours that creep into a fridge with leftover foods, rotten food or products with powerful smells such as onions and garlic.
Most people don’t keep onions and garlic in the refrigerator, but if you are prepping a meal, you may store chopped onions or minced garlic for later use.
It’s essential to cover it with cling wrap or put it in a Tupperware container to help reduce the smell.
Cleaning a smelly drain is not as hard as you think when you have a terrible smell from your kitchen sink.
The cure for smelly drains can be as easy as a mixture of baking soda and vinegar, and pouring it down the drain is a great neutralizer.
You may have to open the trap and clean it out if you struggle to eliminate smells from the sink or dishwasher.
Baking soda is also a great way to eliminate odd smells on the carpet.
I remember years ago shake ‘n’ vac adverts appearing on British TV, and essentially using baking soda is precisely the same concept.
Range Hood and Ventilation
Invest in a good range hood for your kitchen because it will make a huge difference when you are trying to eliminate kitchen odours as they are happening and for those that linger.
We have a crappy cheap builder-grade range hood, which you can buy at Home Depot for about $50.
It’s that bad; however, we picked up a $4000 range hood that was a display model for just under half-price from a reputable local kitchen store and plans to install it when we do our kitchen remodel.
Our range hood vents directly outside, but if you have a re-circulation range hood, you will have to replace the charcoal filter regularly as this is what controls odours.
I’ve removed the bathroom vents that were cheap and did nothing but collect dust.
Instead, I installed new vent systems that cost me a bit more money but were worth it.
There is a time to be cheap and a time to be smart with your money, especially when it comes to home maintenance.
Always clean your range hood and replace or sanitize and clean any filters as needed as they will get clogged with grease and who knows what else over time.
You can also turn on your furnace fans to help recycle the air in your house by bringing in the fresh air and getting rid of old stale, musty, stinky air.
We have an ultraviolet air treatment system inside the furnace ducting, which kills viruses, mould and bacteria which produce odours.
The UVGI (Ultraviolet Germicidal Irradiation) method has been used in various applications for years and is proven to control bacterial agents.
There are also charcoal furnace filters available to help eliminate household odours.
Commercial Kitchens and Home Kitchen Gadgets
Kitchen odours can be tough to combat and get rid of, but there are these simple ways to fight back that won’t bust into your budget too much.
Some people don’t have the time nor want to deal with kitchen hacks to eliminate food odours, so investing in a kitchen odour eliminator may do the trick.
BCI Deodorizer/Air Purifier 10000 Mg/h Commercial Grade, Removes All Odors (Electric Blue)
For our Canadian readers, I found the BCI Deoderizer/Air Purifier, which is commercial grade and powerful.
The product also ships free in Canada if purchased from Amazon Canada and one that might work for your home or business.
If you cook lots of foods that leave smells in your home, smoking or other odours, you’ll find the BCI Deoderizer/Air Purifier will help.
I also liked the low price of the unit, which for many families, is very affordable.
- 【COMMERCIAL DEODORIZER / AIR PURIFIER】 – Huge 10,000mg/h output deodorizes your space from odours, smoke and VOCs.
- ✔️ 【POWERFUL ODOR ELIMINATION】 – Eliminates virtually ANY odours from cigarette/cigar smoke, pet odours, paint/cleaning fumes, dust, water damage, smoke damage, cooking odours, and other airborne odours.
- ✔️ 【COST AND ECO-FRIENDLY DESIGN】 – Ultra-low energy usage yields cost and energy savings. Industrial grade aluminum alloy casing will keep this purifier cleaning for years.
- ✔️ 【NEW TIMER DESIGN】 – 120 Minute Timer with ‘HOLD’ function.
- ✔️ 【2 YEAR WARRANTY by BCI】 – If you have a problem, you are never alone. We stand behind every product we sell.
Always research if you plan to purchase something like this for your home.
Kitchen Hacks from CBB Facebook
- Run a package of Tang orange juice crystals through an empty cycle on your dishwasher, and it will clean even iron build-up from your water.
- Mean Green cleans grease and gunk off cabinets.
- Spick and Span is great for cleaning cabinets and walls.
- Light up scented wax burners to reduce cooking odours in the house.
- Simmer a pot of water with orange slices and a cinnamon stick or a pot of water with some vanilla.
- To get the onion smell off your hands before you wash them, run them along your kitchen faucet, then rinse. Magically, this takes the onion smell right out of your hands.
- Use clove and lemon essential oils in baking soda as a sink scrub. It smells amazing!
- Open the windows!
- Cooking seafood, brew a pot of coffee as it will clear up seafood or stinky smells.
- Use the kitchen exhaust fan to kick the foul air out of the house.
- Simmer cinnamon sticks and orange peel to rid the kitchen of cooking odours.
- Lighting matches and blowing them out helps odours. The sulphur in them does the trick. Keep out of reach of children.
- Put baking soda down the sink drain and then pour in vinegar which helps keep the trap clean and fresh.
Bake Away Kitchen Odours
If all else fails, nothing beats the sweet smells of homemade baking cookies, cakes or bread, which we don’t mind smelling repeatedly.
If you find your clothes smell of cooking, add a bit of baking soda, borax or white vinegar to your laundry wash, and you’ll see those kitchen odours disappear.
In what ways do you eliminate kitchen odours from your house?
Please leave your comments below for other readers to learn.
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