How to Get Rid of Egg Smell

You may enjoy eating eggs, but that doesn’t mean you want to smell them after you have cleaned your plate. This is the kind of stank that makes you want to gag and slap someone. It’s much worse when you didn’t cook the eggs yourself but walk into an egg stank cloud from someone else’s cooking efforts. That just seems to make the gnarly odor issue even worse. At least if you did the cooking or eating, your nostrils have had some time to adjust to the aroma. You will have had some time to prepare. This food smell tends to cling to plates and cutlery long after the meal itself has become a memory, but help is available. This guide will give you tips on how to get rid of egg smell so you will know what to do if you are faced with this situation.


Not all egg smells are confined to plates and cutlery, though. This is a sneaky kind of stank and it can hide in your dishwasher, too. Imagine opening up that appliance and being greeted with a Humpty Dumpty Special that is waiting to waft up into your nose! That wouldn’t be very nice. Once it’s there, you can’t forget the experience, either. A nasty egg smell can lie in wait for you in your car.  This nasty stink is very pervasive, but we have the solutions you seek. Just keep reading to find out how to deal with it where it lives.



How to Get Rid of Egg Smell from Plates

1 Lemon Juice it Away

To get the smell of egg out of plates, pots and utensils after cooking and eating, try washing them with pure lemon juice. You can also pour the lemon juice onto a cloth and rub it onto the items that are offending your nostrils. Leave them for about 20 minutes and then wash as usual. This technique should banish the egg stank.


2 Vinegar Spray Solution

If you are using plastic dishes, you may find that you are having an issue with a lingering smell of eggs after use. Try spraying them with vinegar after you wash them. Leave it on for a few seconds, and then rinse the dishes as usual. This will get the smell out without harming your food or your plates.


3 Baking Soda Soak

Baking soda is a wonderful product to get rid of funky smells, and egg is no exception. Soak the dishes in a solution of baking soda and water to get rid of any residual egg odor. You may want to give them a second rinse to remove any lingering baking soda powder.


Get Egg Smell Out of Your Dishwasher

Your dishwasher may develop an eggy smell over time. Food particles can get trapped in the nooks and crannies of this everyday appliance as it cleans. All of this definitely increases the yecch factor when you think about the fact that you expect your dishes, glasses and cutlery to be clean when you remove them from the machine. If the machine stars to stink like eggs, it’s a sign that you need to do something.

1 Bleach it Out

The first step to ridding your dishwasher of the gagging stench of eggs is to pull on some rubber gloves and give it a thorough cleaning. This is not a job you will want to attempt bare handed. Next, put a couple of ounces of household bleach in the machine and run a cycle.


2 Use White Vinegar

White vinegar can come to the rescue to smack egg stink out of your dishwasher, too. Pour a cup into the machine and run it empty on a hot water cycle. The vinegar will kill any bacteria lurking inside and restore the machine to a basic level of freshness. It will also cut through any residual soap scum that may be responsible for creating the smell.


Remove Egg Smell from Your Car

1 Check the Battery

A rotten egg smell in your car may be due to a problem with the battery. A really foul stank warrants a trip to a mechanic to get the vehicle checked out if you are not knowledgeable about cars. It’s better to be safe than sorry when it comes to your ride.


2 Rent an Ozone Generator

An offensive door in your car may also be coming from your air-conditioning system. Bacteria and microorganisms are present in the air and are drawn into the evaporator while the air conditioner is in use. This moist environment creates an ideal breeding ground for mold and mildew. Renting a ozone generator is an effective way to remove the odor molecules and break them down into carbon dioxide and hydrogen.

Place the unit in your car. Seal the window near the ozone generator with cardboard and tape. Run it to eliminate the egg smell from your vehicle.


3 Upholstery Cleaner and Febreze

Sometimes you just need to give your car a thorough cleaning to get rid of the egg smell. Wash the interior surfaces with an upholstery cleaner. Follow up by spraying the interior with Febreze and let it dry thoroughly before you drive the car again. This should solve the problem of eggie odor in your vehicle.


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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.

3 thoughts on “How to Get Rid of Egg Smell”

  1. Thanks. It seems I am the only one in my household who can smell the egg long after the dishes are washed. Makes me sick and I have to change plates. Guess I am also olfactory sensitive.

  2. Yes egg stinks after cooking, I used to find ways to take the smell out. This is a helpful article

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