Everyone loves the aroma of freshly baked pie or cookies coming from the kitchen, but we can do without those other kitchen odors. To get rid of musty, sour, greasy and generally nasty odors and keep your kitchen smelling fresh, follow these simple tips.
Remove food odors from your fridge.
Clean your refrigerator periodically with a mixture of one quart water and three tablespoons baking soda. Empty out the entire refrigerator and spritz it down with the solution, then wipe it out with a clean sponge. After the fridge is clean, place an open box of baking soda inside to absorb the food odors. Don't forget to replace the box every couple months, and be sure to store leftovers in airtight containers. As you put food back into your refrigerator, check expiration dates and toss out anything that has expired.
Your kitchen garbage disposal and drains can trap nasty odors, leaving your house smelling less than fresh. Pour a few tablespoons of baking soda down the drain periodically and allow it to set for 15 minutes before rinsing. Every week, cut up a lemon and run it through your garbage disposal with warm water -- you'll love the natural citrus smell.
Clean out your garbage can.
Clean your garbage cans and recycling bins regularly with vinegar and water, Pine-Sol solution, or another disinfectant that kills germs instead of just masking odors. If something spills in your garbage can, bring the bin outside and hose it down, then allow it to air dry in the sun.
Grease and food buildup in your oven and under your stove burners are nasty sources of odors. Clean your stovetop with a 50/50 solution of vinegar and water after every use, lifting up the burners to get all the food and drippings. If you don't like the fumes from traditional oven cleaner, baking soda paste and warm water will get rid of the food and grime in your oven lickety split. Just apply the paste, allow it to dry and wipe it out with clean, warm water. Watch the video below for more tips on how to get your oven really clean.
Wash your sponges.
Bacteria and odors get trapped in your sponges, leaving your kitchen smelling nasty. Your family can get sick from the germs, too, so it's not just about the smell. Use cellulose sponges and wash them in your dishwasher every two to three days. You also can microwave them on high for a minute every day to kill harmful bacteria. Wash your dishcloths and kitchen towels with bleach to get rid of dirt, odor and germs.