Easy Tips to Stop Stinky Kitchen Smells

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:

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Foul Fridge: Wipe out the refrigerator with a solution of half water and half white vinegar before putting groceries away.  This is a great way not only to clean, but also combat odors associated with food. A bowl of fresh coffee grounds will also help reduce odors in the refrigerator or the pantry.

Easy Trash Can Odor Fix: GLAD’s ForceFlex OdorShield Bags with Febreze Freshness have “odor neutralization technology” embedded throughout an inner layer in the bag to neutralize odors – not just mask them, leaving behind a fresh scent while offering stretchable strength to help prevent rips and messy clean-ups.

Microwave Meal-time Meltdowns: Pour about an inch of vanilla extract in a bowl and bring it to a boil in the microwave. As soon as the vanilla reaches a boil, turn the microwave off.  Leave the bowl in the microwave overnight without opening the door. Any microwave odor problems will vanish by morning.

Ghastly Garbage Disposal: Put the plug in the sink and fill it with about three inches of warm water along with a handful of baking soda. Turn the disposal on and immediately pull the plug. The suction created – coupled with the baking soda – cleans out trapped food and sends it down the drain.

Scorched Supper Stench: To help clear the smell of burned food, fill a pan with water and bring it to a boil.  Drop in a sliced lemon or about a 1/4 cup of lemon juice and allow to simmer on the stove.

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Hello, my name is Lisa Simony, aka MomStar, a Grand Forks, North Dakota, blogger and mother of three! I suppose I'm just another mom, surfing the stars of family, health, money and travel (when we can get away with it!) ... oh, and food (mmm, food)! I also blog at my siteThe Mama Lisa, www.themamalisa.com
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2 Responses to Easy Tips to Stop Stinky Kitchen Smells

  1. Avatar of stormchaser stormchaser says:

    Whatcha got for diaper odor?

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