We spend a lot of time in our kitchens, so its only natural for kitchen odours to occur over time. Cooking is often the biggest source of foul kitchen odours we get in and around our sink areas. The act of heating up ingredients causes them to release more odors, so it is hard to avoid bad smells altogether.
So, how do you respond to foul kitchen odours?
Regular cleaning, good ventilation and some vinegar will go a long way toward treating smells. Here are six most common kitchen odours and how to get rid of them.
1. Still smell last nights dinner?
If you’ve cooked a yummy meal last night, only to come home today and still smell it 24 hours later. So, what do you do? The answer is simple: create a pleasant smell to overwhelm the unpleasant one. You can do this by boiling orange peels and cinnamon in hot water on the stove for 5-10 minutes. Then leave it on the stove and enjoy the fresh smell.
Another quick way to get rid of last nights dinner smell is to burn a piece of toast. Food chemists say a slice of bread in the toaster will absorb the lingering odour.
2. The stinky fridge
The tried and tested solution to absorb lingering odours in the fridge is to use baking soda. If you already have a box, but still have a foul smell, simply take that box, pour about 3/4 onto a plate and leave it overnight. The open baking soda will suck up any lingering odours in your fridge. Another solution that many don’t know about (including us) is to use dry unused coffee or freshly ground coffee. Just like baking soda, pour some onto a plate and leave it in the fridge for a day or two.
3. Fishy hands
If you’re a sea food lover, but hate the smell of your hands after you touched fish, well we’ve got a solution for you!
Lemon juice can be the cure for your fishy odour. Simply take a lemon, slice it in half, and squeeze the juice over your hands. Then wash your hands in lemon juice as you rinse under warm water.
4. Kitchen smells like smoke
Okay, it happens to all us from time-to-time, we burn something in the kitchen and now our kitchen smells like smoke. Well there’s a solution for that as well. Simply open up your front doors and back doors/windows, and let the airflow do the rest.
5. Stinky dishwasher
Our dishwashers take a beating throughout the year, and its only natural for them to give off some stinky smells every so often. But if you mix a little bleach with some freshly squeezed lemon and pour it into the dishwasher to run on an empty cycle, it will get rid of your dishwashers stench and sanitize your machine at the same time.
6. Foul smell in the disposal
Food disposals take a beating and absorb some of the most foul smells left over from foods. To get rid of odors, drop in a cut-up lemon, some salt and a few ice cubes. The lemon deodorizes, and the ice and salt clean away residue.