Hours after making a dish of fried fishes and cocktails, you realize that the kitchen and living room has a foul smell. Well, you are not the only one! As a matter of fact, cooking smells is a natural phenomenon and they constitute part of the entire cooking process. This means that there is a probability that cooking odors stay in your kitchen.
However, there are lots of things you can to prevent and remove the disgusting cooking odors from your home. Cooking smells can be embarrassing but you can deal with it. We have provided you with tips on how you can eliminate cooking smells before and after food preparation.
How To Get Rid of Cooking Smells Naturally
While cooking meals, you can keep the cooking odors to a minimum level by ventilating your kitchen. If you are cooking on the stovetop and the stove has a hood, you can try turning it on and setting it to the highest setting as you cook. This will help to clear out foul smells from your kitchen. If the smell stays, open the windows and use a fan to push the kitchen air outta the window.
Moreover, air purifiers and air conditioners are great in terms of purifying the air and filtering out smells. Just make sure that the filters in the units are cleaned, removed or changed regularly to avoid smells.
While ventilating your kitchen, you also want to ensure that the smells do not get the other parts of the house. This would be embarrassing and shameful especially when you have guests and visitors in the living room. So, keep your kitchen doors closed and if your house is an open-concept one, close the bedroom doors to prevent any smell from going to other areas of the house.
You should know that smells are difficult to remove when from seats, carpets or from fabrics on couches, this is why you should stop cooking smells from entering the hallways, bedrooms or the living room.
Eliminate Smells As They Happen
The best method to handle cooking smells is to deal with them as they happen. Apart from keeping your kitchen ventilated, you can try out a substance to “soak up” smells while they’re happening. Vinegar, baking soda, a cut onion, coffee grounds are all proven in stopping cooking smells.
While you cook, try to boil a pot of water with a few tablespoons of either vinegar or baking soda into it. This will prove to be helpful in sanitizing the smells and ensure that they don’t linger around the kitchen after you are done cooking.
Most importantly, you have to identify the source and get rid of it as soon as possible. Clean up any messes that you might have made on your stovetop or counter in the microwave or oven. Wash any instrument or utensil that was used during the cooking process such as pans, plates, utensils, pots, and sets. This will be instrumental in removing the sources of cooking smell.
Wipe the stovetops and counters using any cleaner or wiper of your choice. For a natural cleaner, combine vinegar, water and a few drops of good oil for cleaning. Many people prefer using a citrus essential oil for cleaning. However, vinegar works great and it will remove odors.
If the cooking smell persists after cleaning the dishes and cooking utensils, look out for other sources of the cooking odor. Messes are made depending on the type of meal cooked. For instance, if you make boiled food, you may only need to wipe the stovetop. If you pain-fried a meal, you might have to clean the nearby counter, the stovetop and the backsplash at the back of the stove (as the oil is likely splatter out of the pan). Furthermore, cooked food might end up in front of the counter, on the floor or down the front of your oven.
If you notice consistent odors each time you cook, consider cleaning your bread machine, microwave, oven, and even your stove hood. Cooking residue and spills tend to make these smells to accumulate and buildup over time, and the smell might not be what you cooked now but what you’ve cooked in the previously when using these cooking sets.
If there are sources of fabric or clothes in your kitchen (such as a towel, hallway with carpet, wiper, rag, etc), you should be aware that smells often linger in the fibers. Consider getting baking soda and sprinkle it over these surfaces, allow it to sit on these surfaces close to an hour, and properly vacuum the area.
Furthermore, a common place where these smells hideout is in your garbage disposal. Remnants of your cooking and leftover food end up there. Most times, residue sticks around the garbage disposal blades.
You can consider slicing an orange, lemon or other citrus fruits at your disposal and put the slices into the garbage disposal in your kitchen and flush it with lots of water. Hopefully, this should help to stop and fight the source of any smell in your kitchen.
Freshen the Air
After getting rid of the source of any cooking odors, any smell lingering around the kitchen should be gone. Sadly, anyone who cooked fish, whether boiled or fried, knows that this is not what happens always. At times, the smells linger for long even after the dishes have been washed and when the stove has been turned off.
After cleaning dirty surfaces, consider placing a bowl of your preferred smell-absorber on the kitchen countertop and leave it overnight or probably leave it until all the smells are gone.
Baking soda, coffee grounds, and vinegar are natural remedies that are great at eliminating cooking smells from the air. Simply fill any of them in a small bowl, leave it on the stovetop or counter overnight and dispose of it the next morning. If you have onion balls around, get one ball, cut it in half and leave it on the countertop (know that this onion will not be suitable for cooking/consumption the following day).
After making dinner, you can try boiling a pot of water with 2-3 tablespoons of vinegar or baking soda in it (leave it open, do not cover). Additionally, you can add ingredients such as lemon juice, vanilla extract, rosemary or cinnamon to the water to give your kitchen a lovely aroma. To get a more unique scent, you can boil brown sugar, vanilla extract and cinnamon altogether, this will give your kitchen a fresh smell.
Dealing with cooking smells is a consistent task and it should be done frequently & regularly. Good hygiene is important, ensure that you keep your kitchen clean at all times. We have mentioned some natural ways to get rid of cooking smells, it’s up to you to use them to rid your kitchen of odors.