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Getting Rid of Smoke Odors From Cooking

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When food gets cooked too much, it can create smells that can be difficult to remove from your home. This is a guide about smoke odors from cooking.


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December 9, 2010

I boiled a pot dry on the stove and smoke filled the entire house. There was no fire. Is the house smoke damaged and how should I remove odor?

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December 9, 20100 found this helpful

I seriously doubt you have actual smoke damage from a boiled dry pot, but it may take some effort to clear the smokey smell. My "inexpensive" suggestion is to start with a gallon of white vinegar and a box of baking soda. Both are natural deodorizers.

Place a container (one that can hold about two cups of liquid) full of the white vinegar in each room and leave for at least 24 hours. (Be careful not to place near electronics or anywhere pets or kids could knock over.)

Wash all of the curtains, throw rugs/bedspreads/blankets (anything washable) with a half cup of the baking soda added to your laundry soap per load. Wipe down solid surfaces with a damp rag rinsed and wrung out from a a bucket with one gallon of water, half cup of vinegar and half cup of baking soda. Glass and metal surfaces can be cleaned with the appropriate cleaners or a 32 oz spray bottle filled with a 50/50 mixture of water and white vinegar. Use this spray with crumpled up newspapers (black and white only, no colored print) to avoid streaks and absorb additional odors. Sprinkle baking soda over upholstery and carpets. Let sit for several hours then vacuum up.


If weather permits, open windows and doors to help air out the house and change any air filters in your heating/cooling system. Again, if weather permits you can take some items outside and let them soak up some fresh air and sunshine (other natural deodorizers.)

Since I don't know the extent of the odor, I can't promise this will cure all but it's a frugal "Step one" to try before considering more drastic and more costly measures. If, after all of this effort, this doesn't make a dent in the odor problem, by all means, call your insurance company and find out if you are covered by smoke damage. I wish you much luck and simple solutions.

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