10 Genius Ways to Banish Kitchen Smells

Have you ever walked into the kitchen and wondered "What's that smell?" Taming odors in the home is a constant battle. Luckily, these 10 smart fixes are guaranteed to banish kitchen odors and keep your home smelling fresh.

1. Fresh Florals

Is there anything better than the scent of fresh-cut florals? When there's a lingering odor but no clear culprit in your kitchen, scented blooms can do the trick. Roses, lilacs, and peonies are especially fragrant.

2. Bring to a Boil

If last night's meal is still lingering in the air, a simple solution is to replace it with a more pleasant odor. On the stove, bring water to a boil with a mix of citrus and spices, and let it simmer for a few minutes. Any mix of cinnamon sticks, orange peel, ginger, cloves, or lemon slices should do the trick.

3. Baked Goods

Looking to eliminate unpleasant food smells? Try replacing it with a round of baked goods. The scent of warm bread, especially, will absorb bad food odor. Plus nothing hits the spot after a meal like a sweet pastry.

4. Odor Control

The mystery odor in our kitchens can often be solved by simply taking out the trash. Don't waste your time and money by disposing half-full garbage bags. Instead, use an odor-fighting brand like Glad's Large KitchenPro™ Drawstring Bags. They're guaranteed to block odors for five days and have leak protection, so you'll never have to worry about those nasty spills in the bottom of your trash can.

5. Lemony Fresh

If you have a garbage disposal in your kitchen sink, chances are good it occasionally wafts a not-so-sweet scent. To clear the air, cut a lemon in half, drop it down the drain, and turn on the disposal with hot running water. Bonus! Before you grind it up, use the lemon to scrub out the sink!

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6. Clean Air

The smell of burnt food can linger in the air for days if not treated. When fans and open windows won't do the trick, all hope isn't lost. Plants have the natural ability to purify the air around you. Grow yourself a mini garden in the kitchen—potted oregano and sage produce a lovely scent that can help overpower stinky smoke and serve as spices for cooking.

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7. Makin' Bacon

To keep your kitchen smelling fresh, cut the grease. And we don't mean out of your diet! Grease can lock in smells and leave a nasty residue. Be sure to wipe down your range hood and any cabinets near the stove after cooking greasy foods. Use a splatter screen over your skillets to lighten the workload.

8. Clever Composting

If you're a fan of composting, nice job! But all those natural components in one space can get a bit smelly. To avoid the stench, coat the top of your compost bin's contents with a layer of dry coffee grounds daily.

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9. Do the Dishes

Warm, damp areas are prime breeding grounds for bacteria that can lead to stinky situations. To prevent a musty smell in your dishwasher, leave it open a crack after running a load of dishes. Allowing air to flow into the washer will allow any extra moisture to dry up.

10. Light It Up

When the kitchen is just a little bit smelly—maybe the mixed scent of tacos is off-putting the taste of your ice cream—there's one surefire quick fix. Lighting scented candles is easily the fastest way to de-stink the room. If you're lighting more than one, be sure they are the same or complementary smells.

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