Cooking meals from scratch is more popular than ever thanks to cookery television shows and growing trends for healthy eating and economical living. But cooking foods with strong aromas like curry and fish can leave smells that linger long after the meal has been enjoyed. Don’t be put off trying new recipes – we’ve got some natural and effective ways to neutralise kitchen odours and get rid of that pong for good!
Many air fresheners simply mask the odours and there is increasing concern over the safety of some fragranced products so you can use these tips to keep the air and your conscience clean.
Of course it's always good advice to open the windows in your home everyday for at least 15 mins. Although it may seem unnatural, it's even more important in winter, when central heating can dry the air and a lack of ventilation can encourage bacteria to breed.
Deodorise the air
Once the meal is over, simply place a pan of 200ml White Vinegar and 200ml water on the hob and leave to gently simmer for 15 minutes. White Vinegar is a natural deodoriser that will neutralise odours, making the room smell fresh and clean in no time.
If your culinary masterpieces don’t go to plan and a burnt, smoky smell lingers, simply spray a 50/50 White Vinegar and water solution around the room, and on any soft furnishings that have absorbed the smell*. Adding a few drops of essential oil to the solution will also fragrance the air.
Bin the stink
Nasty niffs can also linger around kitchen bins. To help combat the stink, regularly wash the bin and any recycling containers with a Soda Crystals solution. Once dry, add a two table spoons of Bicarbonate of Soda to the bottom of the bin to absorb bad odours naturally. The physical properties of Bicarbonate of Soda means that it actually absorbs smells, rather than simply masking them.
You can also keep fridge food odours at bay by placing an open box of Bicarbonate of Soda in the fridge for up to four months.
Why not place Bicarbonate of Soda in dishes strategically throughout the home to absorb odours?
There’s nothing like a home-cooked meal made with fresh ingredients, so don’t let strong smelling foods put you off your cooking your favourite foods!
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