|How to avoid cooking smells.|
It is a problem to get rid of cooking smells, especially during winter months when house windows are mostly closed. Often, these smells are more noticeable to people who visit your house, when you donít think that your house smells at all! Sorry, this has become rather a long answer! These are some of the things I do;
1. When cooking, keep the kitchen doors to the rest of the house closed, so smell doesn't get into the rest of the house
2. Open at least one kitchen window and keep the exhaust on until at least half an hour after cooking is finished, to get rid of lingering smells.
3. Splashes of grease on cooker holds smells, cooking smells of fish or fried foods also linger. I always clean the cooker and work surfaces, as soon as I have finished cooking. Wipe kitchen surfaces, especially around your cooker, with a dish cloth soaked in white malt vinegar. I keep a cheapest bottle of vinegar under the sink with my cleaning stuff. I used to have a home help/gardener/friend called Tom, who taught me that vinegar and baking soda is all you need to clean a house and that we spend far too much money on cleaning products in pretty bottle! He also kept a 25/75 vinegar/water solution in a spray bottle for this purpose.
4. I don't have curtains in the kitchen, because curtains hold smells I only have blinds which also remain rolled up 99% of the time
5. My kitchen towels go in the wash every day. They also hold smells.
6. Discarded cooked food/fish etc. smells linger and worsen. I keep a liner bag in my bin and then the rubbish collecting bag on top. This bag is discarded every day, every other day maximum. If you can't discard your bag every day, tie a knot in the one you are using and keep a clean one on top.
7. It is worth wiping cupboard doors about every 10 days or so. My cleaning lady knows this and does it whenever she has spare time.
8. When doing a lot of frying of onions etc., I do it before shower. If not, I sometimes use a shower cap to cover my hair (it is a sight!), because smell lingers in hair too, and change clothes after cooking.
9. If you have time, bake bread/naan/cake/biscuits etc., things that smell nice, after you have finished cooking.
Here are some of the things I picked from the internet, some new to me and I will try.
1. Mix a tablespoon or two of sodium bicarbonate with water in slow cooker. Put it on and leave it on low setting, with the lid off, in the room that needs freshening for a couple of hours. I am going to try this one for sure. You can also add a few drops of essential oil or a nice-smelling spices like cinnamon stick/powder to the pot. Other things that can be added are; drops of essential oil, a tsp of vanilla extract, ground or whole cloves, lemon slices
2. Simmer a pot of half vinegar and half water for 30 minutes. Simmer a pot of water with lemon and orange peels. This was something I was taught at microwave course when I first bought one years ago. Personally, I would keep the exhaust on, especially in winters, to avoid steaming up your kitchen.
3. Wipe kitchen surfaces, with a dish towel soaked in a solution of baking soda and water.
Funnily enough, smell is never a problem in India, because all windows and doors are always open there and people do not have carpets in the house, except for a rug in the lounge, sometimes.