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How to Get Rid of Unwanted Kitchen Odor

Good smell of food always summons us to sit and savor. Bacon fat, broiled fish and spicy curry all smell so benign when dinner is served – and could be hellish when the smell lingers on the next day, or worst, days. Luckily, there’s always cheap ways to save the smell in small apartments. Below are five, extremely simple ways.

1. Shut the bedroom and closet doors while cooking. Leaving them ajar will allow the fabric to quickly absorb gruesome grease and odors and you know it can’t’ be cleaned by any magical wipes in an instant. Closing them before you cook is one of the best way to ensure that you won’t sleep in a room that smells like bacon.

2. Ventilate. Always. If you don’t want the smell to stay inside, you have to cast them outside. Doing this quick with a vent over your stove can save you. The air conditioner or air filter can also help remove greasy smells and make sure you change the filter regularly. Opening the window and setting up a fan directed to the window with the aim of guiding odors outside is also another way.

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3. Be quick in cleaning up. There’s a reason why super moms move quick in the kitchen. They wipe up mess on the stove, countertop and wash all utensils as soon as they can because the longer those remain greasy, the more chances of having pungent smell in the house. Hence, even if you are too tired to do all the cleaning in the kitchen, think twice. It’s always good to sleep with a peaceful mind with no worries of greasy food smell when you wake up. That could be one way to define a “Good Morning”.

4. Favorite spices must be simmered. You can opt to simmer in some water on the stove the pleasant smelling whole spices of your favorite cinnamon sticks, cloves and citrus peels. These could offer an all-natural and cheap air freshener that can help you in masking any lingering smell of yesterday’s cooking odors.

5. Have a bowl of vinegar, baking soda or coffee grounds left on the counter overnight. If even after doing all the things above you still feel that there’s still stubborn smell lingering, you can leave something to stay up all night and get rid of the smell. You can strategically leave a small bowl of vinegar, baking soda or coffee grounds in different parts of the kitchen before you call it a day and sleep. Actually, any of the three will naturally dissipate pungent cooking smells but you can use all of them at once if you wish. Remember you don’t need to mix them. You can have separate bowls for each. It’s always good to share ideas!

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