We’ve all had the unfortunate experience of a house stinky from cooking odors. If you’ve ever wondered about natural ways to get rid of cooking smells, then this article is for you!
It’s happened to almost everyone, at one inconvenient time or another. Your phone rings while your cookies are in the oven. Distracted by the phone conversation, they scorch and send up plumes of black smoke that pollute the house.
Or, your partner brings home the “catch of the day” after a day out on the lake and fries it up. Of course, the result is a fishy-smelling home. And the smoke from the deep fryer adds to the unpleasant odors.
Regardless of the cause, cooking smells happen. Nobody wants to live with the burned, foul odor, and you don’t have to anymore!
Don’t worry. We are not suggesting that you mask those aromas with chemicals that mask the source but don’t eliminate it totally. We are sharing natural ways to help you get rid of cooking smells.
Let’s look at five easy, natural solutions
Run Your Exhaust Fan When You Cook
First off, let’s discuss the fact that you can help to dispel the smell by engaging your hood fan every time that you turn on your stove or oven.
Sure, it can get noisy, and the rattling sound might irritate you.
But let’s look at why you have this fan. Many call it “hood fan.” However, it’s really an exhaust fan. Your home builder installed it for one purpose only. It solely removes the polluted air from cooking from inside your home.
The air runs through a vent tube and out an exterior wall to eventually conduct that air to outdoors.
Make it a habit to use this tool to your advantage. Whenever you cook, cut the fan blades on. Even if you don’t “plan” to burn anything or cause odors, they can happen to the best
Open Up Your Windows
So, pretend you don’t have an exhaust fan. This scenario can be true, especially in older homes that are not up to current codes.
Frequently, we think of windows as a decorative item that adorns the exterior of our home. And, they are beautiful, let in light, and let us gaze out at nature.
But let’s think about the real intention of the humble kitchen window. Ventilation.
In pre-electricity days, kitchens almost always had one or two windows. Like the exhaust fan, they were there for ventilation. Folks could open the windows to allow in fresh air during the hot summer months and close them to seal in the warmth from the fireplace during the winter.
Most importantly, windows served as the only means of home ventilation back in those early days. So look back at history and throw open that sash. You’ll be able to allow nature to do the job of refreshing your home and get rid of cooking smells by opening up your windows.
Time is of the Essence
So you now know to ventilate your kitchen using the hood fan or by opening the windows.
But your attempt at making garlic-flavored zucchini chips in the air fryer has turned out badly. It left you with a scorched air fryer and bits of burnt garlic. What used to be zucchini now resembles the bits of coal that Santa Claus left in your stocking last year.
You’d like to toss in the kitchen towel and go watch tv to unwind. But skipping out on the mess now will only make matters even worse.
The longer you leave the burnt pieces of food and the dirty air fryer rack set on the counter, the longer that you will need to smell the outcome.
Don’t wait to clean up after a kitchen disaster. As soon as pans cool, oils, and tools cool enough to deal with them safely, begin the cleanup process. Clean the pots, discard the ruined food, and then thoroughly clean the kitchen sink to cleanse away the last of the remnants of your failed effort.
Once you have completed this task, you can begin to treat any lingering odors.
Look to Your Pantry
Now that you’ve cleaned up the mess, you can use one of the following natural ways to get rid of cooking smells. Raid your pantry!
In there, you will find several useful odor killers that are natural and won’t spritz the air with chemicals.
- Coffee: Place a bowl of coffee grounds out on your countertop. It absorbs the odors. And, it adds a rich, comforting fragrance of coffee beans to the air. For a more powerful coffee scent, get our your coffee grinder and grind down whole beans for an instant burst of aroma.
- Vinegar: Ok. This is definitely not as pleasant a scent as your favorite java. However, plain old white vinegar is highly effective as an odor remover. If you have remaining odors, even after you’ve cleaned the cookware up, use this to eliminate the cooking smells once and for all. To treat the air, set a small glass bowl of vinegar on your counter for a couple of hours.
- Baking Soda: Do you use baking soda to keep your fridge smelling fresh? The same principle applies to your kitchen after you’ve made cooking odors. However, shake the baking soda out of the box and into a cup or bowl for maximum impact. Discard after use.
Use an Essential Oil Diffuser
Essential oils are potent extracts from the stems, leaves, and/or blossoms of plants. As such, they are one of the most natural ways to get rid of cooking smells.
If you own an essential oil diffuser, place it in the kitchen to purify the air. However, if you don’t have one, simply shake several drops of essential oil onto a cotton ball and let it set in the kitchen for a few hours.
Some favorites fragrances to naturally dispel cooking odors are:
- Sweet orange
- Sweet basil
Those herbaceous fragrances will smell delicious. And they are ideal for the kitchen.
Try These 5 Natural Ways to Get Rid of Cooking Smells
So the next time you have a kitchen, errr… mishap shall we say? Remember these simple and natural measures you can take to get your kitchen restored to order quickly. You’ll be glad you have these handy tricks up your apron sleeve.
Dr. CHRISTIAN-JEVON BRAMWELL MD
Christian Bramwell, MD uses his own weight loss story as teaching for people struggling with their own weight through blogging, teaching, and writing. His mission in life is to promote health and education, that is why he has chosen to be a family physician and found his own nonprofit Project RAK based on education and empowerment.
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