Do you know what’s annoying? Stinky kitchen air. After all, it takes a lot of effort to cook up a feast for the family. And when you’re cooking for the entire clan, there’s nothing worse than some terrible odor embarrassing you. A stench can make you and your guests feel like you’ve been thrown into an oven with no ventilation system and no way out, but to wait until someone turns off the heat and opens a window. Honestly, dealing with a smelly kitchen is a big issue, but we’ve 9 quick tips on how to solve it:
Use Fresh Flowers
If you want to freshen up your kitchen, try using fresh flowers. There are different flowers that can help with this and they’re easy to find at any local store or garden center. You can even get a flower subscription or pluck some from plants in your own backyard.
You should ensure the type of flower you choose has a strong scent; otherwise, it will just smell like dirt all over again as soon as you walk into the room. When choosing which type of flower goes best with other elements in your home (like decor), consider looking for something like lilies because their sweet scent will complement almost any space without overpowering it too much.
Make a DIY Air Freshener
Making your own air freshener is a great way to save money and have fun at the same time. You can make it in just a few minutes, and the ingredients are very simple:
- 1 cup baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon liquid soap base
- 2 tablespoons of essential oil(s) of your choice (optional)
Mix all ingredients together until they’re thoroughly blended. Next, add one part of this mixture to four parts of water and store the final product in an airtight container with an instructions label on it. Your DIY kitchen spritzer should last about two weeks if used every day; however, some people prefer making fresh spray daily.
Throw Out Food That Smells Weird
Food is organic and is therefore susceptible to bacterial growth and rotting. To prevent this from happening, good hygiene is key.
- Throw out any food that smells weird or looks sickly: To rid your food storage of unpleasant odors and food-borne diseases, throw out all old foods and anything else you suspect might be bad for you—including old milk or leftovers.
- Keep refreshing your fridge with new foods: How long should I keep my fridge full? While keeping your fridge full or ¾ full is a great way to boost its efficiency, it’s not advisable to have more food than you need. If you must stock your fridge to the brim, keep adding fresh foods while reducing your stock of old ones.
Clean Up the Spills Immediately
The kitchen is the heart of any home, and it’s also a great place for spills. From scrambled eggs to peanut butter, from hot coffee to ketchup, there are many potential sources of odors. But you can easily clean up these smells in no time. Whenever you spill something on the floor, use paper towels or disposable wipes to blot up as much liquid as possible and dump them in the trash can.
Run the Fan After You Cook
The best way to keep a kitchen smelling good is to run the fan after cooking. This will help blow away any lingering odors, oils, and smoke from cooking and ensure fresh air comes into your house quickly.
Run the fan for 15 minutes after you’re done cooking. If there are any lingering odors in your kitchen, try using some baking soda or vinegar mixed with water as an odor eliminator—just add some of these ingredients directly onto the surface where they smell bad, then run the fan for a few more minutes. This process should spread a sweet scent throughout your kitchen.
Spices and Herbs
Simmering water with spices and herbs is one of the best ways to keep your kitchen always smelling amazing. This trick is great at overpowering even the strongest odors, and there are plenty of options to choose from: cloves, cinnamon sticks, ground black pepper, and turmeric – any of these spices will make your kitchen smell like heaven.
Use Essential Oils
Essential oils are natural oils that have been distilled from plants. They’re used to clean, freshen, and deodorize in the kitchen and you can buy them at health food stores or online. Simply add a few drops of the essential oil into a bowl of water, then wipe around the area where you smell it with an old towel or cloth. The scent should disappear immediately!
The best thing about essential oils is that they are not harmful to pets or children and have no known side effects when ingested by humans either. If you want your house to smell good all day long with little effort, these oils will do just fine.
Light a Scented Candle
A scented candle is a great way to get rid of kitchen smells. You can find them at most stores, or make your own by adding essential oils and wax melts. Whether you just want the smell of vanilla in your kitchen or something more intense like lemon oil and tea tree oil (which will help fight off mold), there’s something for everyone! Plus, they’re pretty affordable—you can usually get one for around $10-20 at any major retailer.
Coffee grounds are a great way to absorb odors in your kitchen, especially if you’re dealing with smells from food. Sprinkle coffee grounds around the area where the smell is coming from or use them in an airtight container on your countertop for about two weeks until they’ve absorbed all the odors from your kitchen, then throw them away.
The next time your kitchen smells, you know what to do to make it smell like Christmas. Just follow the above simple tips and make some small changes in your daily routine that could make all the difference. It’s always worth it when you get rid of those bad odors because it will benefit everyone in the family.