How to Get Burnt Smell Out of House

How to Get Burnt Smell Out of House

We’ve all lost track of time before, and have been jolted by the piecing sound of a smoke alarm.  Upon entering the kitchen we find our charcoal caked creation spewing smoke from the oven. After opening doors and windows to clear the air, a musty burnt odor is often left behind within the living space.


This is often a tricky odor to remove as smoke has a way of entering cracks and fibers.  Fortunately, there do exist several household solutions for removing this odor on short notice.  By following the bellow tips, you will increase your odds of eliminating this unwelcome aroma.


General Household Solutions

The below tips apply to nearly any burnt smell that develops within a home.

1 Remove Burnt Items

All burnt items must be placed outdoors within the trash.  The longer that burnt items remain within the house, the more challenging the smoke odor will be to remove.


2 Open Windows

Open all of the windows within your home.  Doing this will ventilate the house and allow for a fresh stream of air to sweep through and carry much of the burnt odors away.  In many cases, leaving the windows open will be enough to completely neutralize the burnt smell.


3 Boil Vinegar

White vinegar can work miracles at eliminating odors within the household.  Create a mixture of one part vinegar with three parts water within a pot and begin heating on the burner.  If the burnt smell is central to the kitchen, you can continue to heat the mixture long after it has come to a boil.  Doing so will ensure that the steam will cover all of the kitchen surface to wipe out any burnt stench.  Likewise, if the burnt smell is experienced in other areas outside of the kitchen, the boiling mixture can be poured within boils and moved to those areas


4 Boil Lemon Juice

The citric acid within lemon is arguably the most effective natural substance in combating smoke based odors.  Squeeze one part lemon juice with two parts water within a heated pot.  Once the solution reaches a boil move pot to the area of the house experience a burnt odor.  As the pot steams out, it will naturally cover the interior of the room and neutralize the odor.


5 Vodka

This party drink has been used for generations as a household deodorizer.  Mix vodka and water in equal parts and spray down the interior of the affected room.  Be sure to lightly spray all surface areas of the room, leaving no areas untouched.


6 Baking Soda

If the rooms affected by the burnt smell contain carpeting or fabric of some variety, baking soda can be used to absorb the odor.  Lightly sprinkle baking soda over the carpeting or rugs within the room and allow for the powder to set in over the course of 24 hours.  After a day has passed, return to vacuum the substance and leave freshened flooring behind.


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Joe Fresh

Joe is an odor combatant, chemistry extraordinaire and all around good guy. He has an over-productive olfactory system with absolutely zero tolerance for unpleasant aromas.

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