5 Natural Odour Neutralisers for the Home

Whether you are a first time baker or a seasoned cook, chances are you’ll be using a variety of different ingredients to make a number of different meals in your kitchen over the years. So it is likely that every now and then your kitchen will be subject to some strong odours, some of which may stay longer than you’d like. Surprisingly enough these unwanted odours can easily be covered up or neutralised without the use of invasive scented sprays! Simply follow these few tips to have your kitchen smelling back to normal in no time.

1. Vinegar and Lemon Juice
Both Vinegar and Lemon Juice are often used as all-purpose cleaners, from reducing stains to removing ground in dirt and they also work extremely well as odour neutralisers. Leaving an open cup or bowl of vinegar in the fridge overnight works well to neutralize bad odours lingering in the fridge, or in the kitchen, while lemon juice is efficient at removing fishy odours from chopping boards if you rub a fresh lemon on them.

Vinegar does have its own strong smell, but it dissipates quickly after use, whereas Lemon Juice provides a fresh clean citrus scent as well as neutralising existing odours.

2. Oats
Oats work as a great way to absorb bad odours, so to neutralise bad and lingering smells, simply leave a cup or a bowl of oats near the offending area and leave for a couple of hours to allow the oats to ‘absorb’ the smells. I wouldn’t recommend cooking the oats afterwards though, as the flavour might be affected by the smell!

3. Coffee Beans
The strong smell of a fresh pot of coffee is widely considered one of the best, and it is known to invigorate the senses and improve alertness and concentration. Plus, it works as a great odour neutralizer. Simply place a bowl of coffee beans in the fridge, or put a tea light in the centre of a dish of coffee beans and burn to allow the smell to neutralise any bad odours.

Coffee beans also work very effectively on mouldy, damp smells, and pre-owned items of furniture that may have previously been owned by smokers.

4. Baking Soda
Baking soda can be used to remove bad odours from a huge number of things, including smelly shoes, carpets and litter boxes. For your kitchen sprinkle baking soda over chopping blocks used to crush garlic or to cut fish, or alternatively for a bad smelling oven or microwave mix a little bit of water into the baking soda to make a paste and then leave it on the grills or tray in the oven/ microwave, before wiping off after a few minutes. You can read more on the many amazing uses of baking soda here.

5. Spices
Making little ‘spice bags’ out of spices such as cinnamon and cloves and placing them in the fridge helps to cover up strong odours, or you can simmer it in water on the stove to eliminate odours in the kitchen, however spices just cover up the odour as opposed to eliminating the bacteria that causes it.

Whatever you decide to cook, keep these odour eliminating recipes in mind to try out when you are done cooking for a great smelling kitchen at all times!

Christine Cantor writes for a number of online publications on keeping houseproud and has submitted this article on behalf of Price Kitchens, high quality fitted kitchens manufacturer based in Croydon

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