Removing Burnt Food Smell from House

January 20, 2016

I recently burned a pot of beans badly. My solution takes a long time, but it gets your house clean and removes the smell from all the small things that add up to that pervasive smell that seems to be everywhere (because it is).


I took pure white distilled vinegar on rags (you can dilute if you like, but I used full strength) and wiped down every square inch. This means walls, ceiling, fixtures, counters, cabinets (remove all items and give each one a wipe, wipe inside shelves top, underneath, sides, doors inside and out), doors, screens, pots, pans, windows, shelves, tables (legs, underneath, sides). Pay particular attention to the bottom of things, because we are not used to wiping the bottom of our shelves, tables, etc.

I left all doors and windows open with the only fan we have in the kitchen window pointed OUT to pull the smell out. I had other doors and windows open so the air being pushed out will be replaced by fresh air outside. You can also put a fan pointed AT the origin to push smells out, but I prefer the window method since if you push, it might just migrate to a different area of your house.

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April 14, 2011

I had a pot roast burn in the oven really badly. When I got home the stove was billowing smoke and now the house smells really bad. We are using air scrubbers and it seems to be helping at this time. Even inside the cupboards stink. What should we do for this?

By John Pasquinzo


April 14, 20111 found this helpful
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You might try wiping down everything you think the smoke touched [walls, cupboards] with soap and water followed by a wipe with white vinegar, and leaving open dishes filled with a bit of baking soda throughout rooms that smell.

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April 15, 20110 found this helpful
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Go to the store and get you some charcol and vinegar. Use some old tupperware and pour vinegar, about half full and place them all over your house. Lay charcol brinks in your cabinets behind things and like under your bed. Also, coffee will absorb odors as well. Works well for us. Didn't believe it at first but you can really tell a difference in a couple of days. Hope this helps.

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September 19, 2016

We were trying to heat pancakes in the microwave and 10 minutes was keyed into the microwave instead of 1 minute. We didn't realize this until smoke was pouring out of microwave.

What do I use to remove the smell from my house?


February 2, 20170 found this helpful
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Open the windows and let lots of fresh air in. You can also put a few small bowls of baking soda around to help absorb as well as light a couple of candles.

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February 4, 20170 found this helpful
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Put vinegar in a cup and run the microwave. Lemon juice also removes odors.

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December 15, 2014

I burned some meat and caused a lot of smoke. How can I get rid of this smell?

By Ruth Q


August 3, 20160 found this helpful
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Ammonia is extremely effective! Pour it into jars and place in window sills. It literally draws the odors! Once you can no longer smell the burning stench of ammonia,discard and repeat as needed.

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May 23, 2016

I burned toast in a toaster oven (located under the cabinet). The resulting smoke got into the cabinet wood. How do I get rid of the burnt smell that is now on the outside, inside, and under the cabinet?

I have tired white vinegar, bleach, and Murphy's wood soap. Nothing is working. Help!


July 29, 20170 found this helpful
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Basically you can't get the smell out of the cabinet it's just like a house that gets set on fire once that smoke gets into the wood part the oil that's in the wood traps the smell and it's going to remain smelling burnt best thing you can do is take out that portion of the cabinet and replace it with new wood my advice go to Lowe's or Home Depot after measuring your cabinet shelves and walls that you will replace and have them cut plywood that way you can do yourself just going on YouTube has everything you need to find out how to do that good luck.

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March 9, 2013

I put some chicken in to boil and it burned in the pan. How can I get the smell out of the house?

By Mary


March 9, 20130 found this helpful
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Put some white vinegar in a pan and add about the same amount of water. Bring it to a boil and then let it simmer. The vinegar odor will help to remove the other odor and make your house smell fresher.

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I left a pan on the stove with the remains of a leg of lamb which burnt dry for 2 hours. How can I get rid of the smell?

By Richard M

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