Ways Of Removing Kitchen Odors
A smelly kitchen can spoil the ambiance of an evening meal, especially if your house has a kitchen-diner. Even if you don’t have an open-plan kitchen the lingering odors can still seep into other rooms and hang around for hours or, in some cases, days to come. It might be that an air purifier (a.k.a. odor eliminating air purifier) might come in useful, particularly if you’re entertaining fairly often. There are, however, a range of other homemade methods you can try first, which might make the purchase or usage of such an appliance less necessary, perhaps even redundant.
1. Orange Peels
You can gently simmer some orange peel and cinnamon in water, for just a couple of minutes. Then just leave it there and let the distinct orangey aroma waft throughout your kitchen, eliminating nasty odors in a natural way.
2. Burnt Toast
This is usually something we would seek to avoid, but if you’re in a hurry burnt toast smell will remove stubborn odors that won’t go away. The smell of burnt toast won’t last that long and should take away the other smells which were far worse.
3. Coffee Or Baking Soda
Sometimes your refrigerator might be letting the side down. After you weed out the offending, foul-smelling item, insert a plate generously sprinkled with baking soda and leave it there for 24 hours. If the smell is stronger, do the same but with freshly ground coffee beans. You can leave it for 48 or 72 hours; however long you need, but it should do the trick without costing you much.
4. Hot Lemon
Not just the perfect remedy for coughs and colds; this wonder fruit can be squeezed into a mug of water, peels and all. Pour into a sauce pan and simmer for a few minutes. Pour into a bowl or plastic container and put leaves in your refrigerator. It will immediately start to eliminate odors and will also loosen up particles of food which have found their way onto fridge walls or shelves over the years so that when you take it out after a few hours, cleaning your fridge will be significantly easier.
One way to eliminate smoke odor is to leave a bowl of vinegar on the kitchen table or countertop. It will absorb that smoky smell, as if by magic!
If all else fails and guests will soon be arriving, open doors and windows, aiming a portable fan outwards in order to get the airflow to work in your favor. This should clear out those unpleasant, stinky wafts in about ten minutes.
7. Air Purifier
Depending on how often you cook various pungent recipes, including such things as fish dishes, curries, sizzling cooked breakfasts, garlic, onions, etc. it might be a good idea to purchase an air purifier so that you’re not having to scour the cupboard for homemade cures and remedies. It has the advantage of being able to purge out mildew and mold, thus making your kitchen more hygienic.
Your kitchen produces airborne compounds that have been released throughout the cooking process; therefore, a regular HEPA filter which captures dander, dust, and pollen will not suffice when it comes to your kitchen. Your odor eliminating air purifier will instead have a carbon filter that is able to remove noxious and smelly gases that have come from your frying pan or stove.
8. Air Quality Monitor
These can be useful in checking the PM level in your home, PM meaning Particulate Matter – potentially harmful mixtures of liquid and solid droplets, some of which can only be seen using an electron microscope. They are also present in smoke, soot, dirt, and dust; air quality monitors can also keep tabs on CO2 levels. Carbon Dioxide, if not aired out, may lead to nausea, headaches, and dizziness, so an air quality monitor will help you know when mold spores are developing, by sensing the extent of the humidity in your kitchen. This will help you not only to eliminate smell but lessen your chance of suffering various irritations of nose, throat, and eyes.
9. Fish Hands
It is not only your kitchen that can smell; it’s also you! If you’ve been frying fish all afternoon, then washing your hands in freshly squeezed lemon juice is a great way of getting rid of the stench from your hands. Alternatively, you might try a tablespoon of sugar added to your usual soap hand wash, which will help remove the odor of fish due to its added abrasiveness. If this fails, consider moving your palms over your stainless-steel sink. Certain chefs claim it’s the perfect antidote to fish; surely worth a try.
Overall, keeping a clean-smelling kitchen is likely to mean you’re keeping a hygienic kitchen, nasty odors often being nature’s way of letting us know that something is wrong.