You greet your dinner guests at the front door, and you're immediately overrun with comments and praises about the "good smells coming from the kitchen." But as the wine, meal, AND your guests begin to disappear... the wonderful cooking smells disappear as well. In come those "not so good" cooking odors. So now what?
According to Livestrong, the best way to tackle pesky kitchen odors is to prevent them. Keeping a clean kitchen space, ensuring that the garbage is disposed of regularly, and keeping hood vents and fans on during the cooking process are just a few ways to do so. However, if you need a bit more help battling those foul kitchen smells, here are a few odor-fighting tips:
Pick Your Poison
Vinegar may not have the most pleasant smell in the world, but it surely can help when battling those difficult "fish dinner" odors. Leave an open bowl of vinegar on the counter during the preparation of dinner. While you're slicing and dicing the tuna, the vinegar is already working to absorb the scent. It's as simple as that! In fact, this is an easy, effective, cheap way to tackle any smell, in any room of the house.
Do you prefer the aroma of freshly baked cookies over the lingering smell of last night's meal? Well I can assure you... you're not alone! Now you can accomplish the smell of baking, without actually baking! Set your oven to a low heat. Then add a bit of butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon to a foil-lined baking sheet, and bake for a few hours. You'll be craving cookies in no time!
It's Beginning To Smell A Lot Like Christmas!
Do you love the scent of potpourri, especially during the holidays? Well now you can create that lovely holiday scent, AND eliminate odors, all year long! Begin by adding cinnamon sticks, whole cloves, and lemon and/or orange peels to a saucepan. Cover these ingredients with a small amount of water, and simmer. Before you know it, your home will be filled with the sweet smell of Christmas!
We Didn't Start The Fire
According to wikiHow, these few simple steps will help you eliminate stubborn "burnt" odors in your kitchen. Start by filling a saucepan with water, and then add two cups of vinegar. Once you've brought this mixture to a boil, lower the heat, and simmer for 15 minutes. Next, dip slices of white bread into the vinegar/water combination, and lie them on a plate. Set plates of this vinegar soaked bread in any area you feel needs a cleanse. And if you don't have bread on hand... don't sweat it! Simply pour the vinegar/water mixture into bowls, and set the bowls wherever the odor problem exists.
Odors Be Gone
No matter what you do, your refrigerator never quite smells "fresh." Well, once you're certain there isn't any rotten food hiding on the back shelves... try this! Reader's Digest suggests soaking a cotton ball in vanilla extract, and resting it on a refrigerator shelf. The cotton ball will not only absorb odors, but it will give off the fresh scent of vanilla too... a win/win!
The Many Perks Of Coffee
A large cup of piping hot coffee when you first wake up... many of us love it, some of us need it! Well, did you know that coffee beans, aside from helping us function in the morning, can also be used to eliminate odors? The next time you find yourself tackling a stubborn odor in your closet (shoes can do that!), in the refrigerator, or even in your car... think coffee beans! They'll absorb the unpleasant smells without leaving the scent of coffee behind.
Lisa Colasurdo walks you through a few of her scent secrets:
What The World Needs Now
Imagine a world free of unpleasant, stubborn kitchen odors... and instead, sprinkled with the sweet scents of cinnamon, vanilla, and fresh air. Well this dream is possible, and together, we can make it happen! Share these helpful hints with your loved ones, and spread the sweet scent movement!