5 Ways to Deodorize Your Kitchen

No matter how much of a clean freak you are, the everyday (and sometimes downright gross) smells of everyday are hard to avoid entirely. However, don’t let that get you down- there are a number of steps you can take to remove bad smells from almost every nook and cranny in your kitchen. Here are a few:

Stinky trash

Use hot soapy water to remove any smelly bits from your indoor and outdoor trash cans. Then, leave a couple of used fabric softener sheets in the bottom of your trash cans and compactor to absorb odors. As an added bonus, you can use those expensive softener sheets twice.

A burnt-on food spill

Sometimes, food from a casserole dish can bubble over the stovetop or oven floor. Don’t sweat it. All you need to do is sprinkle salt on the drips to absorb the burned smell. Not only is this a deodorizer, but it makes it easier to clean up the spill later with some soap and water.

A musty freezer

This will be the weirdest yet simplest method of getting rid of odor. All you need to do is place a clean sock filled with dry coffee grounds inside to remove the smell from this pesky spot in your kitchen. Sounds crazy, right? Trust me: it works.

A smelly microwave

Whether you’ve burnt popcorn or heated plastic that didn’t fare well under high temperatures, a bad microwave smell can be tough to deal with. To free yourself of the burden, fill a large microwave-safe bowl with 1.5 cups of water and three or four chopped lemons with a fragrant spice. Then, bring the bowl of water to a boil in the microwave, let the microwave power off, and then leave it to steam inside for fifteen minutes (or until the water cools down and can be removed safely). Then, leave the door ajar for about an hour to allow the microwave to air out.

A foul dishwasher

Make sure that your drain hose isn’t crimped and check the bottom of the machine for any food bits or random gunk. If that’s the case, pour a gallon of household vinegar in the bottom of the dishwasher. Then, let it sit for an hour or so to allow the acid to break up any gunk.  Afterward, run the washer through a full cycle. If the odor still remains strong, the smell could be a potentially hazardous one. This might need to be remedied by a professional, so call a plumber.

Source: Good Housekeeping

 

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