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4 Tips to Get Rid of Cooking Smells

Keep your home smelling clean, sans the expensive fresheners


When we’re cooking our favorite dishes, the delicious aroma is a welcome guest in our home—it makes us even more excited about the food that's going to be on the table. However, if the odor still sticks around the next day, you need a couple of handy hints to deal with the smell. Keep these tips in mind:

Main photos from: Ehow and Natalia Klenova.

Many professional kitchens keep a bar of stainless steel soap to rid their hands of sticky smells from onion and garlic. Alternatively, you can look for an old stainless steel spoon or fork and keep it by your cooking area. Wash your hands as usual with soapy water, then rub your hands against the utensil—it works like a charm.

Photo from Crate and Barrel.

Dip cotton balls in vanilla or your favorite essential oil to instantly banish nasty cooking smells. 
Make it a DIY project by creating a beautiful wreath or centerpiece with twigs and dried leaves—just make sure not to attach the cotton balls permanently so you can replace them with new ones from time to time.

Photo from Ehow.

For particularly pesky smells, here are two last-resort solutions: place cinnamon sticks, butter, and sugar on a baking tray, and bake them in your oven until the smell fills up your kitchen, or boil coffee beans in water for 20-30 minutes.

Photos from Natalia Klenova.

Done cooking for the day? Turn on your stand fan and attach dryer sheets to the back. They’ll stick to the fan on their own and leave your kitchen smelling fresh in 15 minutes. 

Photo from Popsugar.

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