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5 Ways To Get Rid Of Nasty Kitchen Odours


1st Jan 2015 Home & Garden

5 Ways To Get Rid Of Nasty Kitchen Odours

Find out what our top 5 tips are to get rid of nasty kitchen odour.

Bake a batch of brownies

There’s no better natural kitchen deodoriser than a batch of baking brownies. The gorgeous chocolate and vanilla smell will enhance any kitchen – and your family will thank you for it.

Bake an air freshener

Don’t buy an air freshener when you can get rid of kitchen smells at a fraction of the cost with baked lemon. Simply slice 2 lemons, put them on a foil-lined baking tray and bake them in a low oven at 100°C for 60–90 minutes. To prolong the cleansing effect once the heat has been turned off, open the oven door and leave the lemons on the rack for a few hours.

Odour-killing drain cleaner

Using salt and bicarbonate of soda to unblock a drain will put an end to unpleasant smells at the same time. Pour 1/2 cup (100g) salt into the drain followed by 1/2 cup (90g) bicarbonate of soda. Then pour in a kettleful of boiling water and let the hard-working sodium freshen the drain.

Disposer deodorisers

In places where scraps of food gather, bacteria follow, thriving in the cracks and crevices deep inside a waste disposal unit. To keep unpleasant smells from wafting out of your unit, try grinding any of these super fresheners: 

  • Citrus peel – lemon, lime, orange or grapefruit. 
  • Two or three bunches of fresh mint.


Liven up stale kitchen air by simmering a handful of whole cloves, 3–4 whole nutmegs, 4–5 cinnamon sticks and a few pieces of orange or lemon peel in a large pan of water for an hour. Strain the cooled liquid into spray bottles and spray in the kitchen or wherever the air could use a little freshening.