How To Remove Food Odors from your Kitchen


There is nothing worse than the smell of lingering cooking smells.  And, unfortunately, it can happen to the best of us. These food odors seem to be especially prevalent during the holidays as there is always a lot of cooking happening in the kitchen.  

Here are some tried and true ways to get rid of those pesky odors.

Keep Your Kitchen Clean

By maintaining a clean kitchen, you will have an easier time identifying and remediating the cooking odor culprit.  By making sure your kitchen floor is clean as well as all shelves, including those hard to reach top refrigerator and freezer shelves, you ensure that there is no lingering spoiled food.  Also, it is a good idea to use a fan while cooking and to take the garbage out very regularly. Food smells can hide in the bottom of the garbage so it is essential to make sure that your can is cleaned thoroughly.  Remember, it is easier to wipe up spills as they happen. Otherwise, they can get hard to remove and can contribute to a bad smell. It is also essential to throw away dish sponges as soon as they start to smell.

Here are some posts that might help you:

How to Clean a Freezer

Clean Your Refrigerator

3 DIY Cleaners to Keep Your Kitchen Countertops Shining

How to Get Rid of Grease on Your Stove

How to Clean and Deodorize a Stinky Drain

Kitchen Garbage Can Cleaning for the Holidays

Mask Bad Smells with Good Smells

Garlic can make a dish absolutely delicious.  However, it is definitely one of the more pungent ingredients you can use.  If you are trying to remove the smell of garlic from your home, you may want to try using a strongly scented food or beverage.  For instance, by using fragrant spices such as cinnamon, nutmeg, or even ginger in a dessert, you will find the strong smell of garlic or even onions to disappear.  Also, brewing a pot of coffee can instantly soften these strong odors. You may also want to try using pots of simmering ingredients, essential oils, or sprays formulated to remove odors.  

Here are some posts that have a lot of great natural air freshener recipes:

3 DIY Cleaning Products to Make Your Home Smell Like the Holidays

5 Must-Try DIY Fall Fragrances

Use Vinegar for Fish Odors

No one wants their home to smell like a fish house.  In fact, many choose not to cook fish at all to avoid the strong fragrance.  However, if you find yourself craving some seafood try placing several bowls of vinegar around your kitchen while you are preparing and cooking your fish.  If you are still worried, you can even put some distilled vinegar on the stove and allow it to simmer while you are cleaning up. This will help extinguish any lingering fishy smell.

Baking Soda for Banishing Bad Smells

Baking soda is one of the most powerful scent deodorizers.  By adding some baking soda to some mason jars with small holes in the lid, you will have a natural way to fight odors.  To step this method up a notch, simply add a drop of your favorite aromatherapy to each jar.

Use these tips next time you are hosting a big party.  You will be glad you did. If you are looking for even more odor eating tips, check out our post on combatting musty winter smells and how to deodorize your home.

And, as always, if you are looking for some extra hands to help clean up before or after your big party, please call us. We can help your clean up efforts at Denver House Cleaning Services.