The kitchen of your house easily acquires a bad smell after cooking certain foods, allowing garbage to stay for too long, or having an unclean garbage disposal. Luckily, there are numerous ways that you can remove unpleasant smells quickly and effectively.
Use Lemon to Eliminate the Smell
Sometimes all it takes is a couple of lemons to remove that nasty smell from your kitchen sink. Simply purchase two or three lemons from your grocery store and cut them in half. One by one, throw them into your garbage disposal and allow them to be ground up; they will release their scent and the rinds will help remove any built-up gunk on the disposal blades.
Lemon juice can also be sprayed on the counters and cabinets of your kitchen. The juice will neutralize any unwanted smells and entrench your kitchen will the scent of fresh citrus.
Boil Herbs in the Kitchen to Release their Natural Scents
Lingering food smells are the source of many bad smells in the kitchen and occur after cooking seafood or exotic recipes. These smells are easily extinguished by boiling herbs in a large pot of water.
Grab the largest pot you own and fill it three-quarters of the way full with fresh water. Set it over a burner to boil. Make sure that the burner is set on “high.” Next, go to your spice rack and choose those which produce the greatest aroma. Try to pick a cost-effective herb or spice like cinnamon or rosemary, because once the spices are boiled, they will be useless.
Feel free to choose several different spices to create an interesting aroma; ginger and cinnamon work well to create a sweet smell. Rosemary, chive, and Italian herbs will create a pleasant scent. You may also boil the rinds and flesh of any citrus you may have laying around.
Once you have chosen your herbs, liberally add them to your pot of water. The least amount of herb or spice that will create a scent is about one tablespoon to every half gallon of water.
Let the water and herbs come to a rolling boil before reducing the heat to medium-low and allowing the mixture to simmer. Before long, the water that evaporates from the pot will be saturated with the scent of your chosen herbs. The evaporated water will spread throughout the entire kitchen and replace the bad odor with its own.
The mixture should simmer for at least one hour or until there is barely water left in the pan.
Other Home Remedies to Combat Obtrusive Odors
Use white vinegar to wipe down all of the surfaces in your kitchen. Vinegar is a natural cleaner and will neutralize the odor in your home.
Sprinkling a mixture of baking soda and water in your sink and on the surfaces of your kitchen might do the trick. Baking soda absorbs odor; simply allow the mixture to dry and wash away the scent.
Thoroughly wash the floor of your kitchen with floor cleaner. Most have a distinctive lemony scent and will destroy any odor-causing agents on the kitchen floor.