How to get rid of cooking smells…kitchen helper


You’ve cooked up a storm, maybe a fragrant curry from scratch, or deep fried something delicious… but you’re left with a really strong cooking smell that just hangs around.  Here’s a few ideas on how to get rid of it – fast.


First things first – make sure you have a well-ventilated kitchen before you even start.  Switch on your rangehood, open a window, or even the kitchen door if it opens out to the outside.


Then close all other doors in the house to prevent odours from traveling to bedrooms.


Once you have cooked, clean up immediately and take the rubbish out to the wheelie bin.  Wash all dishes, your hotplate and your sink where oily, pungent smells can linger.


If the smell is still persistent you can:


·      Boil 1 cup of water and one tablespoon of vinegar in a saucepan on the stove, letting the steam permeate the kitchen. You can add a bayleaf, some vanilla, cinnamon sticks or some lemon halves.

·      Before going to bed, leave some bowls of vinegar, bicarbonate of soda, or coffee grounds on the kitchen bench. These are all great odour absorbers and should do the trick by morning.

·      Light a scented candle – we stock lots at Hill Street Home, like these beautiful candles from Etikette. We suggest Freycinet, which contains notes of vertiver, bergamot, cypress, green leaves and fig.

·      If all else fails cook something sweet and delicious.  A batch of chocolate chip biscuits will banish those smells and replace them with a homely, comforting smell.


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