Good evening to all,
Other than keeping my house clean, I also have an obsession with having my house smell clean, too! Usually, I would light incense like sandalwood or green apple to give an uplifting smell at home, and sandalwood also help in dispersing negative energies. There are some expensive form of aromatherapy in the market like Lampe Berger that I would use occasionally, but usually, I will just open all the windows really wide to let in fresh air during the day.
However, there are times when we cook that there will be some really-hard-to-remove odours from frying fish or prawns, or after cooking some spicy dishes that contain belacan (shrimp paste). While we are cooking, the aromas of food cooking are really wonderful but the lingering stale odours after cooking are the ones that turn us off.
Here are some really easy and effective methods to get rid of those cooking odours in the kitchen :-
Ways to Remove Smells
Strong smells can be tackled a number of different ways. Try simply leaving a small bowl of white vinegar by your burners if you’re cooking on the stove top, which help to absorb the particles in the air that can cause smells to linger.
If you’re cooking in the oven, try lining your baking dish with aluminum foil so you can easily discard any fish-cooking remnants.
Boil Lemon Water to Get Rid of Odors
These remedies should help keep odors to a minimum while you’re cooking, but if they’re still there when you’re done, try this trick.
Bring a pot of water to a boil, and squeeze in the juice from about two or three lemons, and toss in the rinds for good measure.
Boil Spices or White Vinegar
Continue boiling for 20 or 30 minutes, or until your stale kitchen smell from fried fish or curry or fried bacon is completely gone. You can also try tossing cloves, cinnamon, or nutmeg into special brew as well.
I love to boil lemon grass leaves (I use the bottom of the lemon grass stalks for my curries, and keep the leaves for this purpose) and ginger, and the combination of these 2 things gives out a really fresh smell. The water can even be used for us to bathe as it is known to remove “wind” from our body and energise us as well.
Some people recommend boiling your white vinegar, which does do a pretty good job of removing the cooking odours. The only trouble is that then you’ve got this vinegar smell hanging in the air, which is a bit weird, but hey, I love vinegar any way.
Use a Spoon to Remove Smell From Hands
If you’ve got the smell of fish, onions, or garlic on your hands, try rubbing them on a stainless steel spoon, or even the stainless steel divider in your sink, underneath cold running water.
And if you’ve got garlic on the breath, try chewing on a sprig of fresh parsley. (I think I liked the garlic better.) Hahaha, one of my friends has a easy solution to prevent her partner from complaining on her garlic breath ===> she gets him to eat garlic together with her!!
Lastly, it helps a lot to remove cooking odours if we wipe down the walls and the counter tops near the stove after we are done with the cooking….and be sure to open as many windows as possible to let in some fresh air. Also, make sure your cooking hood filters are regularly cleaned so that the hood is working effectively for you. You can wash the oily hood and filters with a solution of vinegar and baking soda.
Try any of these methods and see how they work for you!
Have a wonderful weekend with your loved ones!