You’ve all had those times when you’ve cooked a delicious dinner with onions, garlic, or even bacon. At the time, it smells so great. But then you wake up the next morning still smelling last night’s dinner and wonder how to get rid of the odor. There are some great ideas for reducing and eliminating those kitchen odors in a safe way! Read on for more details.
These 5 natural methods will eliminate the odors left behind by last night’s cooking. Try them out!
- Simmer orange peels
For a food odor that appears to be fading, you can take less drastic action by creating a pleasant smell to overwhelm the unpleasant one. To do that, simmer some orange peels and cinnamon in water for a few minutes. Then turn off the flame and leave the open pot of warm, sweet-smelling water on the stove all day.
- Burn toast
There’s nothing wrong with a kitchen smelling like food. But if a food odor becomes unpleasant, food chemists say the fast solution is to burn some toast. That’s right: Burn a slice of bread in the toaster. That will absorb the lingering odor. Just make sure the bread doesn’t catch fire. Of course, now you have a kitchen that smells like burned toast, but this odor at least won’t linger long.
- Close bedroom and closet doors while cooking
Fabric readily absorbs grease and odors, and can’t be cleaned with a quick wipe-down the way hard surfaces can. Closing bedroom and closet doors before cooking anything smelly or greasy ensures that you won’t have to fall asleep in a bed that smells like bacon. (Although it might help you wake up in the morning.)
- Ventilate however you can
The best way to avoid odors is to get them outside or otherwise out of the air as quickly as possible. If you have a vent over your stove, use it! Otherwise, an air conditioner or air filter can remove greasy cooking smells from the air. (Remember to change filters regularly.) Even just opening a window helps, especially if you can set up a fan pointing out the window, to push odors outside.
- Leave a bowl of vinegar, baking soda or coffee grounds on the counter overnight
To absorb stubborn odors, leave a small bowl on the counter filled with white vinegar, baking soda or coffee grounds before you go to bed. Any of the three will naturally dissipate any remaining cooking smells by morning.
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