7 Efficient Ways to Get Rid of Kitchen Odors

Yes, I know how it feels to have a kitchen smelling like your yesterday’s lunch or last night’s dinner. For anyone who loves to cook, this could be a nightmare. You couldn’t possibly enjoy cooking another delicious meal with an unwanted smell lingering in the air. You might end up ordering a takeout food or force yourself to cook. 

But don’t worry. We looked for ways to help you get rid of those funky smells in your kitchen, so you can cook without worrying about those pungent smells. Here are seven easy and efficient ways you can get rid of those unwanted kitchen odors. I have tried a few of these, and they work great. So, before buying the chef’s candles made for the kitchen, why not try these natural odor-busters. 

Different Ways to Get Rid of Kitchen Odors 

Enumerated below are the different ways you can remove those stinky and obnoxious odors in your kitchen and cookware. You might already know of these. 

1. Use Potatoes

Do you love cooking curry but hate the smell of your kitchen or cookware after? Well, you could try using potatoes. Yes, they are not only as delicious as fries, but they are instrumental in absorbing odors.  

Rinse and cut potatoes in halves, then place them in the cookware you used. Sprinkle some salts and let them sit for at least 2 hours before washing the cookware. 

2. Cinnamon to the Rescue

If your kitchen smells bad after cooking, then boil a few sticks of cinnamon in a pot of water for 5 minutes without the lid. Let it cool, and you will have a great smelling kitchen. 

You can also bake a small quantity of cinnamon with brown sugar and butter for a few hours. It will leave a freshly baked cookie smell in your kitchen. 


3. Versatile Lemon

Lemon is not only used for its juice, but you can also use it as a natural deodorizer in your kitchen.  

Peel the lemon skin and put them in a saucepan with water. Simmer for an hour in low heat. You can also use orange peel or both lemon and orange peel.  

If you run out of lemon or orange, you can use garlic cloves, vanilla, mint, or bay leaves.  

4. All Rounder Baking Soda

Baking soda is not only used to clean sofas or as a deodorizer of the refrigerator. You can also use baking soda to remove the nasty kitchen smell.  

You can either place a bowl of baking soda around your kitchen or put it in a saucepan with water and simmer it for some time.  

5. Addictive Coffee

If you love coffee, then there’s another reason why you need it at home. 

Believe it or not, coffee can remove those lingering cooking smells in your kitchen. The aroma of roasted coffee beans or freshly-ground coffee can mask unwanted odors.  

If you have some leftover coffee grounds, place them in a bowl and leave them on the kitchen counter. It will help neutralize the smell. You can also use it rub it in your hands to get rid of the fishy smell.


6. The White Vinegar

White vinegar’s use is not only limited to baking, cooking, or cleaning. But it can also be used as a deodorizer in your kitchen. If you plan on cooking something with a pungent smell, place a small bowl of white vinegar in your kitchen before and after cooking. 

Another way is to simmer white vinegar with water for 15-30 minutes. The suggested proportion is one tablespoon of white vinegar to one cup of water.  

And if you are out of white vinegar, you can use apple cider vinegar as an alternative.

7. Natural Charcoal

You can also use natural charcoal to remove kitchen odor as it can absorb smells from the air. Make sure to choose charcoal that is mesquite- and additive-free. And, you can buy those that are carved into shapes and sticks for a decorative feel; however, they could be a little expensive. 


Other Ways of Getting Rid of Kitchen Smells 

Another way of getting rid of those unwanted kitchen smells by making sure that you always maintain a clean kitchen. Make sure to take note of the following: 

  • Do not leave kitchen utensils and cookware in the sink. Thoroughly wash and clean them as soon as possible so they won’t pile up on your sink.  
  • Soak chopping boards in hot water with a drop of bleach overnight if it starts smelling. Doing this will sanitize the chopping boards and remove any trace of the nasty smell. 
  • Wash fabrics used in the kitchen that can quickly absorb the smell. If you are frying or cooking something that gives off a strong odor, check any materials you have in the kitchen if they smell bad, and if they do, go ahead and wash them. 
  • If you can, invest in a good exhaust fan that is positioned correctly in your kitchen. Exhaust fans can help get rid of those pesky smells every time you do your cooking. 
  • Grease and oil around your kitchen, including ceilings, exhaust fans, and windows, can contribute to kitchen odor. Prevent this oil buildup by cleaning these areas daily with a potent cleaning agent, preferably fresh-scented ones. 
  • Make sure to always clean your refrigerator at least once a week. 
  • Make sure to empty your kitchen trash bin twice a day or daily. 


Smelling something unwanted in any part of our house is a worry, especially in the kitchen where you prepare food for the family. So, always make sure to clean the place. Do any of the above ways to get rid of the strong cooking smell as soon as possible. 

If you want to make your own deodorizer or air freshener rather than buying, check my other post 4 DIY Deodorizer and Air Freshener Hacks for chemical-free DIYs.

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