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How to Remove Cooking Odors

Eliminate Fish Odor, Onion Odor and Other Cooking Smells


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Some dishes, no matter how delicious, can leave unpleasant cooking odors throughout your home. This holds true when preparing Moroccan food as much as as it does other world cuisines.

Try these simple methods for neutralizing odors, or post a comment and share your own tips and remedies for getting rid of cooking smells from onions, fish, garlic, cabbage, and other foods.

Open the Windows

Fresh air helps any home smell good, and a strategic breeze can carry cooking odors right out the window.

Brew Some Coffee

Grinding coffee beans and brewing coffee are easy ways to fill a home with a pleasant aroma. For a change, try adding cinnamon, nutmeg or other spices to the coffee.

Bake Something Aromatic

Baking cakes, rolls, cookies or bread will eliminate unpleasant cooking smells. Try one of the following fragrant recipes:

Make a Simmering Potpourri

A simmering potpourri is an easy homemade air freshener. Bring a small pot of water to a gentle simmer, and add any combination of the following to the water:

  • citrus peels
  • cloves
  • allspice
  • nutmeg
  • cinnamon stick or ground cinnamon

Allow the potpourri to simmer for an hour or longer, adding water as necessary.

Leave Out a Bowl of Vinegar

A small bowl of vinegar set next to the stove is very useful in reducing odors from frying fish and other foods. Leave the vinegar out for several hours.

Have suggestions of your own? Share your tips with other readers.

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