How to Get Rid of Fried Food Smell

Preparing a dish that involves frying chicken, fish or another ingredient often leaves a tell-tell aroma in the kitchen. While we may love our comfort foods, the smell they leave behind is not comforting or welcome in our homes. We don’t want any greasy reminders of what we ate for dinner smacking us in the face when we enter the kitchen later on. It just makes the kitchen, our clothing and our hair smell dirty. Some people do take the time to scrub down all visible surfaces when they make fried chicken or a similar meal, but that isn’t always practical.


No one wants to walk into someone’s house and be hit with a wall of cooking stank. These kinds of greasy smells seem to attach to everything in the kitchen, including the person preparing the food. It’s one thing to tell someone what you had for dinner, but it’s quite another when people around you can sniff it out. Check out the solutions listed here and you won’t have to worry about this particular kind of stank again.




How to Get Rid of Fried Food Smell from House

1 Vinegar Dishtowel Wave

To get rid of lingering cooking smells from your home, take a clean dishcloth and dip it in vinegar. Wring it out until it is damp to the touch. Wave it around in your kitchen. Granted, you may not want to have any witnesses around when you try this solution, but we have it on good authority that it will help to get rid of the cooking smells quickly.


2 Ammonia Bowl Rescue

Setting out a small bowl of ammonia for a couple of days (or at least overnight) will get rid of the cooking smell in your kitchen. You can also substitute vinegar for the ammonia if you wish. Both of these products will effectively absorb the smell.


3 Cinnamon on a Cookie Sheet

This solution is quite aromatic and replaces the P.U. of grease with something much more pleasant. Take a cookie sheet and cover it with aluminum foil. Sprinkle some cinnamon on the cookie sheet and bake it on low heat in the oven. The kitchen will smell like cinnamon instead of fried food.


4 Crack Open a Window

Cracking open an a window and keeping the kitchen well ventilated during cooking will help to keep the friend food smell at bay. You will also want to get rid of your cooking oil as soon as you have finished preparing the meal. Wash your frying pans, pots and utensils promptly to make short work of this particular stank.


Remove Fried Food Smell from Clothing

1 10 Minute Dryer Solution

This is a solution that will help you get rid of the smell without washing your clothes. Take your smelly clothes and place them into the dryer. Add a dryer sheet in a fragrance you particularly like. Run the dryer for about 10 minutes. When you take your clothes out, they will be freshened up and and ready to wear.


2 Take the Issue Outside

Hang your stanky clothes outside in a sunny spot. Leave them for several days and let the combination of the sun’s rays and the breeze do their bit to remove the smell. It can take up to a week for you to get results, so you will need to be patient with this one.


3 Vodka Spray-down Technique

This one may seem a bit unusual, but we hear that it will work. Buy some inexpensive vodka and put it in a spray bottle. Mist your stinky clothes with it. The vodka will evaporate and the smell will disappear.


4 Refresh the Fabric with Febreze

Spray some fabric refresher on your clothes to bring them back to life. A light misting should do the trick. Try Febreze or one of the other brands on the market for this purpose. As the product dries, it will lift out the greasy smell trapped in its fibers.


5 Steam the Smell Out

Hang your clothes up in the bathroom while you are in the shower. The idea here is not to let your clothing get wet, but just allow them to get a kind of steam bath. It will help lift out the smell from the fabric. (This technique can also help to remove a few wrinkles from clothes if you don’t have time to get out the iron.)


Get Rid of Fried Food Smell from Your Hair

1 Use a Dry Shampoo

Beauty supply stores carry specialty products designed to clean hair without using water. Read the directions on the package before use. This type of shampoo can be used to remove the lingering smell from last night’s meal from your hair.


2 Citrus Shampoo it Out

Try using a citrus-scented shampoo to get rid of this particular type of funkiness. Look for a product with a lemon or orange scent for best results. Hit the shower and lather up twice in succession for best results. Rinse the product out of your hair thoroughly.


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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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