Do you ever enter your kitchen and find yourself wrinkling your nose at unpleasant odours? Whether it’s the lingering smell of last night’s dinner or a musty scent that seems impossible to get rid of, having a fresh and inviting kitchen is essential for any home. But fear not! With some simple tips and tricks, you can transform your kitchen into a fragrant haven that’ll make cooking and entertaining even more enjoyable. In this article, we’ll explore various methods to make your kitchen smell nice, from using natural ingredients to changing up the decor. Say goodbye to unwanted odours and hello to a delightful culinary experience in every corner of your kitchen!
What Do You Do to Make Your Kitchen Smell Nice?
We’ve accumulated quite a few inexpensive tips and tricks to make your kitchen smell nice. Several of them include:
Duh! There are many great ways to deodorise your kitchen, but the real way to remove any bad smells is to clean it at the source. Regular home cleaning and keeping your kitchen clean and free of any food scraps or garbage will prevent any unpleasant smells. Things that can help are emptying your garbage can regularly, opening the windows to let fresh air circulate inside, and cleaning your sink. The last one is especially important to focus on. Mix some baking soda and essential oils together and pour them into the sink. Let it sit for a bit. Use a sponge or a scrubber to scrub any gunk, then pour boiling water to wash it away. Clean up the kitchen as soon as you can after cooking and prioritise any greasy pans and countertops. If oil sticks to surfaces for long enough, bad smells will quickly accumulate.
Natural Air Fresheners
You can use natural air fresheners such as lemons, oranges, cinnamon, or vanilla extract to create a pleasant smell in your kitchen. The first great way to achieve that’s a stovetop simmer. Boil some ingredients with nice scents in a pot with water (you can also use your slow cooker). Here’s how:
- Fill it halfway with water and add whatever ingredients and scents you like (e.g., orange slices or peels, cinnamon, cloves, vanilla extract, lemon, lavender, etc.).
- Bring it to a boil or fire up your slow cooker – it’s time to get cooking! If you’re taking the low-and-slow approach, just leave it be and let it simmer all day long.
- Once it’s boiled, bring it down to a simmer and let it stay like that for a couple of hours.
- Make sure to keep an eye on the pot on the stove while the slow cooker can be left unattended.
If you love the smell of vanilla, there are two great ways to use it to help make your fridge smell better. You can clean the plastic interior components of the item with a paper towel dampened with some vanilla extract. This will help neutralise bad odours. The second method is soaking cotton balls in vanilla extract and leaving them in an open-air bowl somewhere in the fridge.
A simpler way to make your kitchen smell nice is to use essential oils. Soak a cotton ball in about 15 drops of essential oil, put it in a tiny bowl, and place it anywhere in your kitchen. It’ll help freshen up the space and gently disperse any bad smells. You can use this trick in any other room around the house, not just the kitchen. Besides that, you can also put essential oils almost anywhere you can think of. For example, put a few drops on your light bulbs so you get a nice scent any time you flick the lights in the kitchen on.
To naturally purify the air in your kitchen, think about flowers with nice scents in pots which you can place around. Even succulents and low-maintenance plants can help if you’re not someone with a green thumb. Besides that, indoor plants are also great for cleaning the air of any pollutants and dust. And they’ll improve the decor!
If you’ve ever been to the perfume department in a fancy store, you’ve probably seen little cups with coffee grinds or beans sitting out. You’re meant to give them a quick smell between sampling perfumes, which helps cleanse your palette. Similarly, you can use coffee grinds to deodorise your kitchen. Place them into a bowl or an open-air container, put them anywhere around the kitchen that you need deodorising, and leave them there. You’ll notice the coffee grinds starting to absorb all the bad odour. Change them out regularly. It won’t smell like coffee, but the bad smell will be gone.
Use white vinegar after cooking, and it’ll work like a charm with any strong odour that you don’t like in the kitchen (or the fridge and oven). Pour it into an open container and place it in a spot where it won’t get tipped over. Yes, it’ll smell up the whole place of vinegar, but it’ll be only for a little while and will air out faster than fried fish smell, trust us.
If we mention white vinegar, we just have to mention baking soda. Baking soda is great for cleaning. Who doesn’t know that, but did you know you can use it as a natural deodoriser? Placing a small open dish of baking soda in your fridge or pantry can help absorb any unpleasant odours. Pour some down the sink drain and garbage disposal and let it sit for a few minutes before rinsing it away with hot water. A great way to freshen up the kitchen towels and sponges is to soak them for a while in a solution of baking soda and water. Besides that, you can also sprinkle baking soda into the trash can or layer it on top of the garbage as it accumulates.
A fresh and inviting kitchen is within your reach. By following these simple tips, you can banish unwanted odours and create a pleasant atmosphere for cooking and entertaining. Remember to keep your kitchen clean and well-ventilated, using natural remedies like vinegar or baking soda to tackle stubborn smells. Incorporating fragrant herbs, spices, or essential oils into your cooking won’t only enhance the flavour of your dishes but also infuse delightful aromas throughout the space. Additionally, investing in scented candles or air purifiers can provide that extra touch of freshness when needed. So go ahead and transform your kitchen into an olfactory oasis – because nothing beats the comforting scent of a welcoming home filled with delicious aromas!