My teenage son burnt a bag of popcorn in the microwave last week, and now everything we cook in it tastes like burnt popcorn. Open our refrigerator and whatever food thought you had in mind to eat is quickly washed away by a barrage of old food smells that may or may not still be in there somewhere. Garbage disposal? Don’t get too close! Garbage can? Oh, it’s out in the snow bank!
There’s no masking it: when it comes to unpleasant household odors, the stinkiness wafting from the trash can is tops. According to a recent survey, 75 percent of Americans rated trash can odors as the most offensive smell in their home, beating out pet waste, dirty diapers and dead flowers.
And when it comes to trash can smells, food-related waste out-stinks the competition with those surveyed reporting that spoiled food left in their refrigerator, meal-time dinner scraps and leftovers as the top three odors they’d like to have scent protection from.
“Kitchens are a breeding ground for olfactory offenses,” says cleaning expert Linda Cobb, also known as the “Queen of Clean.” “But as easy as it is to create these foul odors, it’s just as easy to alleviate them.” Cobb offers short-cuts to stamping out stink in five areas of the kitchen: