Kitchen Fresh Ideas

-Sunita Gurung

Everybody likes to keep their kitchen smelling fresh and not reeking of pungent odors from an aftermath of a deliciously prepared meal which then goes on to permeate the whole house. Without a doubt it is the place where you can conjure up the most delightful of meals, but the kitchen can definitely turn out to be the smelliest room in the house. Amidst cooking odors, refrigerator smells, stinking trash cans, and burnt food odors, keeping the kitchen smelling fresh and clean can be quite a challenge. If you are constantly engaged in battling such offensive odors, read on for easy solutions to keep your kitchen clean and smelling fresh all year round.

Take out the trash:
Most kitchen odors come from trash bins. Take out the trash once a day or twice, in case raw meat or fish have been the main ingredients of your cooking. It won’t take long for the food in the trash to smell and invade the whole atmosphere. After cleaning your kitchen, make it a habit to empty out the garbage bins. Also, clean the bins regularly with a scrubber using soap and water.



Burnt smell in oven and microwave:
In a large ovenproof bowl, put five cloves, half a lemon, and half a cup of water. Keep it on high and bring to boil. Let the water cool down and the odors will be gone. In addition, you can wipe the oven walls while damp with paper towels to clean it, and leave the door open to air out.

Food splatter inside oven/microwave:
Take a heatproof bowl and make a solution of two tablespoons of baking soda in a cup of water. Heat on high for five to ten minutes. When it dampens the insides of the oven, let it cool, and then wipe walls, trays, and racks.

Combat cooking odors:
Whether it is frying onions or garlic or fish, the aromas linger on long after the food has been consumed, giving off an unpleasant whiff when least desired. Keep a small bowl of vinegar on the counter next to the cooking stove to absorb all the smells or mix three tablespoons of white vinegar and one cup of water, and boil for several minutes. Since vinegar is acidic, it works like magic as it neutralizes the odors. Always remember to use the kitchen exhaust fan continuously while cooking, as it helps remove the smells before they intensify.

Rancid chopping boards:
If the odors are acidic, sprinkle the board with baking soda, spray with just enough water to moisten the soda, allow it to sit on the board for 30 minutes. Rinse it well. If the odors are alkaline, then just spray with white vinegar on the board and let it stay for 30 min before rinsing. Scrubbing with a paste of lemon juice and baking soda or salt, rinsing it well, and drying out also works well in eliminating the odors.

Rice, daal, or milk boils over:

Sprinkle salt on the burnt mess on your stove top to help the clean-up and eliminate the smoky odor. Once it is cool enough to touch, mop up the spill with hot water and detergent. Leave around small containers of baking soda which will help to absorb the smell to some extent. Place bowls of white vinegar in rooms affected by the odor.

Mystery smells in the fridge:
It is a good idea to check thoroughly to make sure that there are no vegetables rotting inside or food that is getting moldy. Do a quick scan of forgotten items which include pediatric medications that have passed their expiry date, and throw them out immediately. To control odors, pour baking soda in a small container and leave it open in the middle shelf. Or, dissolve some soda bicarbonate into a little water; dip a small piece of cloth in it and place the cloth in one corner of the fridge. It will eliminate any stale odors. Clean the insides of the fridge with white vinegar solution. Soak a cotton ball in vanilla extract, then put it in a little bowl on the lowest open shelf. Remove in a few days when dry. If you prefer the smell of coffee, try a bowl of ground coffee instead.

Clean the plates:
Scrape all the food remains off the dishes immediately after a meal and rinse them straight away. Leaving dirty dishes in the sink will give offensive odors, not to mention the blockages in the drain arising from the food scraps.

Clear blocked drainage:
At times, the offensive odors can be a result of a blocked drainage. If you have run out of clearing agents like “Drainage”, make a mixture of  cup vinegar and cup baking soda and pour it down the drain. This will clear any clogging that has occurred.

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