Neutralising nasty niffs

Author: Kerri

We’ve all been there. You’ve wowed your family with your latest culinary creation – let’s say Pan-fried Seabass with Sizzling Ginger, Spring Onions & Chilli – only to find that the whole house now smells of fish! Or you’ve decided to keep some of that takeaway curry for tomorrow – only to discover that the aroma has taken over the entire fridge. What to do?

Here are some clever tips for getting rid of unwanted kitchen smells in no time.

Vinegar and lemon juice

Both vinegar and lemon juice work well as all-purpose natural cleaning agents for anything from removing ground-in dirt to getting rid of stains. They are also very effective odour neutralisers. To get rid of nasty smells in the fridge, simply leave a small bowl of vinegar overnight to absorb it. Don’t worry, the smell of vinegar dissipates very quickly. Place half a lemon in a bowl of water and microwave on full power for 5 minutes to remove unwanted smells. Rubbing a fresh cut lemon is also a great way to remove fishy odours from chopping boards (tip: only ever use plastic chopping boards for fish, never wood).

Coffee and oatmeal

Coffee beans are widely known to be an odour neutraliser and palate cleanser. Just place a bowl of fresh coffee beans near the affected area and wait. Coffee beans also work very well with damp, mouldy smells as well as lingering cigarette smoke on second hand furniture. Oatmeal has a similar effect. Did you know that a simple bowl of porridge oats left out in the kitchen for a few hours can absorb bad kitchen smells?

Cinnamon and cloves

Make little spice bags filled with cloves and cinnamon and put them in your fridge to cover up any nasty niffs. To eliminate odours in the kitchen, simply simmer the spices in boiling water on the hob.

Baking soda

A tried and tested kitchen staple, baking soda can be used to get rid of nasty smells from all sorts of materials, including carpets, shoes and cat litter boxes. In the kitchen, use baking soda to sprinkle on to chopping blocks that are used for crushing garlic, chopping chillies or cutting fish. To clean a whiffy microwave, grill or oven, make a paste of water and baking soda and paint it onto the affected areas – leave for a few minutes and wipe off.

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