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After frying fish or something that leaves a lingering odor in the house. Put out several bowls with about a 1/2 cup white vinegar, particularly in the kitchen, for several hours or overnight. The odor will disappear. By Pam Rose
Have you ever fried fish and then the entire house smelled like a seafood restaurant? Easy fix. Buy a bar of soap, but not any kind of lotion soap. I prefer the smell of original Lever 2000. Cost is about a dollar.
Put the bar of soap on a microwavable glass plate, put in microwave for 1 minute to 2 minutes, depending on your microwave. The soap will swell up almost 3x the size of the bar, like a giant marshmallow. Set the plate out on the counter. I usually just put it on the stove after I've cleaned the kitchen, but you can actually set it anywhere to remove smell. In no time, your house will smell fresh and clean. All the smell and oil will be absorbed by the soap. After you are done, simply toss the bar and wash the plate.
It will actually keep the house smelling great for a week and also works if a person smokes in your home or for when you were on vacation and the pet sitter didn't clean the litter box as much as you would have liked. This is an easy trick for an immediate fresh smelling house for under a dollar in most stores. Please let me know if you agree with this tip if you try it.
If the scent of this microwaved soap is so powerful it will make the whole house smell 'fresh and clean', I would be concerned about the microwave itself where the scent of soap would have to be concentrated the most. It would seem that anything cooked in the microwave would take on the scent and taste of soap.
I eat very little fish because it smells and tastes like fish. But if cooking it stank up the whole house, I would have to find some other solution. Maybe an exhaust fan over the stove or a fan in a window, drawing the inside air, out.
I have a small hot plate I've never used. Rather than stink up the whole house and then covering up the stink with soap, I think I would find an outlet on the back porch, deck or patio, and cook the fish there. Easier than barbecuing which is done millions of times a day.
Then too, maybe you need to be more careful about the fish you buy. I watched a television article once. A buyer for a famous french restaurant went to the fish market every morning to purchase fresh fish for the restaurant for that day. He gave several tips for buying fish. One was that the fish should not smell like fish.
Your house may smell fresh and clean to you, but to visitors, it probably smells like fish and soap.
A cup of vinegar set on the kitchen counter will help eliminate kitchen odors.
This is a guide about eliminating cooking smells after frying fish. The odor of recently fried fish can linger for awhile.
When frying fish in the house after frying fish, use apple cider vinegar. Boil in a large or medium pot for between thirty minutes and an hour. Watch closely and you will not smell fish in your place. Try it, you will like the difference. It will smell very fresh and nice.
After cooking fish, broccoli or anything with an odor, simply set a bowl of vinegar in the room overnight and the odor will be gone.
By Debra from Hampton, Tennessee
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I am a university student and this year I have two foreign students from China living with me. Their food has a very strong smell, and they cook 3 times a day, sometimes more.
Try boiling vinegar on the stove. You can use straight vinegar or add some water. If it's grease on the walls, then you need to spray the walls with vinegar and wipe.
My grandmother would always burn a candle (scented or unscented, didn't matter) in the room when cooking fish. She said it was to help get rid of the smell (after cooking). I don't know how effective it was since asian cooking smells don't bother me.
There must not be an exhaust fan above the stove?That should be on "high" if there is one. If not, then improvise one. A fan by a window , with another window slightly open to create a cross draft, should help. Of course, with winter coming, it might get chilly!
Is moving out of the picture? It sounds like the tension of the situation could be really upsetting.
The smell is from grease. Tiny droplets of it have infiltered your whole house, the walls, the drapes, your clothing, the bedding, etc. The problem with frying foods indoors is that the grease goes rancid after attaching itself to various surfaces. Not very pleasant. Washing soda and water will cut the grease from most surfaces. It may be hard to clean your curtains, bedspread, etc. as often as is necessary to stay ahead of this problem. I agree with the person here who suggested moving. I too cannot tolerate the smell of grease in the house!
There is an air freshener I purchased at Meijer. It was around $3.50. It is orange scented and has charcoal in it which absorbs odors. It is a round plastic bowl. White in color. You just peel off the top and after about a month the gel inside dries up. I use them in closets and have 1 in my car. They are pretty strong scented. It was on the top shelf with the other air freshners.
Buy an overpriced air cleaner and use it in the kitchen. Can the roomies cook on a patio?
A real estate agent made the same comment to me years ago about grease infiltrating every nook and cranny of the house.
I fried pancakes 2 days ago and can't get rid of the fried oil smell. Can anybody help?
By Maziebabe from Redditch
There are oodles of great ideas in the ThriftyFun Archives below the comments here. Just scroll down. I love the citrus peel idea but the others will work too. :-)
First off, check that none of the oil has spilled into the burner pans. Wipe down the stove and wall behind the cooking area with white vinegar. Then wipe with plain water. Nehmah
For me, I'll do the same thing is to clean but when you are actually doing it open the windows or doors so that it'll take the smell away that's what I usually do when I cook things.
How do I get rid of the fish odor which lingers throughout the house? I have tried lemon, vinegar, and disinfectant sprays to no avail. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated Thank you.
Fish odor from cooking fish? The best thing is to open the windows and let fresh air in but in cold weather (or hot) this isn't always possible. I like to burn some sticks of incense to get rid of strong odors. Then you have the incense smell and that goes away after a few hours.
Our front porch had a potent stench from old fish stones left over in a small aquarium. we cleaned up floor and sprayed alot of odor ban disinfectant cleaner. you buy it at Sam's club.
Help! my house mate is a wimp when it comes to garlic odor. I need to remove the smell so I can continue cooking.
- Valerie Smith
get a Prozone air purifier or OZIUM air freshener.......they are great......and good for keeping your whole house smelling fresh.....my ex mother in law (my friend, some good things do come from the bad) bought our family Prozone as a gift and it is wonderful......no more musty basement smell or dog smell and we have 3 dogs.....not to mention three teens......she uses hers to reduce cooking smells and it works awesome......well worth the money but they are spendy......
But if you want something with little cost try Ozium air freshener....it's a small bottle but a little goes a long way and you can get it at most walmarts....and some car part stores
try setting out a bowl of white vinegar.