How to get rid of cooking smells

Although cooking aromas can be lovely at first, smells can linger becoming unpleasant! Read on for top tips on how to get rid of cooking smells in the kitchen.

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Cooking smells are normally a welcome greeting when we step home after a long day, but when eggs, fish, and meat are on the menu, by the end of the night that tempting kitchen smell can quickly change from mouthwatering to stomach-turning.

Every chef knows cooking involves all of the five human senses and it is therefore just as important you know how to eliminate cooking smells as you know how to conjure aroma and create great taste and flavour. Food is about freshness and those lingering post-meals odours will only become more pungent and pronounced the longer you leave them.

Before you even begin cooking, make sure to prepare your workspace by opening the kitchen windows and switching on your oven’s extractor fan. Once you’ve finished preparing and eating your meal, wipe down your kitchen surfaces with a degreaser (something like Cif Power & Shine kitchen spray would be great to use). A clean and well-ventilated workspace is the first step to ensuring a smell-free kitchen, but here’s some more top tips to help you keep your home sweet home:

Ventilation, ventilation, ventilation! We can’t reinforce this enough. Open the kitchen windows or door if your kitchen opens up to the outside – this may seem like an obvious point, but allowing the air to circulate will help prevent smells from lingering in the room.

Top Tips on How to Get Rid of Cooking Smells:

  • Neutralise unpleasant odours by adding in new scents. Vanilla, lemon, and vinegar are all natural solutions to unwanted cooking smells and just need to be left overnight on your kitchen counter. Fill a bowl with vinegar, or with sliced lemons in boiling water, or with cotton balls soaked in vanilla extract for an easy and effective treatment.
  • Potatoes not only taste great, but are naturally absorbent and can therefore act as a natural kitchen smell remover. Try placing diced potatoes with sea salt on top of your pots and pans, leaving for two hours to soak up any unwanted odours.
  • Christmas is a time for feasting, and that favourite festive spice, cinnamon, can be used all-year round for treating bad kitchen smells. Preheat your oven at 180 degrees Celsius and sprinkle some ground cinnamon on a baking tray. Bake for 20-30 minutes and then waft the tray around your house to fill the rooms with the scent. Alternatively, fill a pan with water and drop in some sticks of cinnamon. Bring to the boil and soon enough the spice will work its festive magic.
  • A bad smell in a kitchen fridge is never pleasant. To deodorise your fridge, add a bowl of baking soda or sliced lemons in water to the middle shelf to soak up the smell and prevent it from seeping into your food.

Now the only question is, what’s for dinner?

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