If the kitchen is often the busiest and smelliest part of the home, what should you do about it then?
The aroma of your favorite dish cooking can shift to an off-putting smell the next day. Food particles, cooking smells, grease, trash, and leftover food can mix up and make the kitchen smell like a nasty place to be in.
Here’s what you can do to get rid of stinky kitchen smells and keep your kitchen fresh-smelling all the time, the natural way:
#1 Make all-natural air fresheners. Fight off nasty kitchen smells with other smells by using cinnamon, cloves, lemon or orange peels, coffee beans, and vanilla. Allow their aroma to permeate your kitchen area, one at a time.
#2 Clean your garbage disposal and sink regularly. Unpleasant smells can come from lingering food particles in your disposal blades. To get rid of odors from your waste disposal, throw in ice cubes and a handful of coarse salt.
After that, throw in and ground up a few lemon peels for extra freshness. The combination of ice and salt will help knock down and scrub any gunk and food debris left. Do this at least once a week. Scrub your sink with lemon as well.
#3 Keep your kitchen clean and grease-free. Grease, dust, and food debris can stink if left untouched for a long time. In cleaning your kitchen, don’t neglect hidden areas such as under the cabinets and sinks, behind the fridge, etc.
#4 Place a glass of white vinegar out in the open. White vinegar is a cheap yet versatile household item that contains 90% water and 10% acetic acid. The acid in the white vinegar is strong enough to ward off odors from pets, smoke, cooking, and other strong and hard-to-remove smells. It’s so easy to use yet highly effective.
#5 Always ensure proper ventilation. Proper ventilation helps any area in your home rid itself of smoke, indoor pollutants, stinky smells, cooking odors, and moisture. So, make sure you have an exhaust fan or range hood in your kitchen.
#6 Clean and disinfect your cutting boards. Cutting boards, especially the wooden ones, tend to pick up and absorb cooking smells. To avoid having smelly cutting boards, use a paste of baking soda and water to scrub your boards.
#7 Give your refrigerator a purge. Revisit the contents of your fridge. Throw away items that have already expired and spoilt. Throw or compost any leftover food you’re not planning to eat anymore. Then, clean and organize your fridge.
#8 Remove all food residue in your oven. Your oven may have a lot of food residue without you noticing, unless it starts to smell. To clean your oven, create a paste out of white vinegar and baking soda. Then, spread the paste all over your oven’s emptied interior. Let the paste sit overnight before wiping down the next day.
#9 Take out your kitchen trash regularly. Never let garbage sit for too long inside your kitchen, especially biodegradable items which can stink so easily. After emptying your bin, place some baking soda in the bottom to fight trash smells.
#10 Clean out any debris from your dishwasher. Food residue can make a stale odor inside your dishwasher. To keep your machine clean and prevent this from happening, clean out any debris from its drain. After that, pour white vinegar into a cup or bowl, place it on the top rack, and then run your dishwasher on its hottest setting.
Try at least a few of the above tips to experience a better- and fresher-smelling kitchen in no time!