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Removing the Smell of Burned Food from a House?

My cat accidentally turned my hob on while we were sleeping. Unfortunately the hob had some left over prawn curry in it. It was turned on full when I came downstairs. The ring was glowing red and the living room was full of smoke. Luckily the pan had a lid on it so it never caught fire, but everything smells. How can I get rid if the smell? I have windows open, ceiling fans on, the humidifier going, and vinegar and lemon water simmering all day. But even left over night it still smells. I am pulling my hair out. I hate odours in my home.

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September 17, 20170 found this helpful
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Here are a few things you can do to absorb the orders in your home.

Step 1
Use either lemon slices or a handful of hot cloves in water. Boil this on your stove. Make bowls of the water and leave them around your home.

Step 2
Onion water will also help remove the order of burned food in your home. Slice up onions and add them to bowls of water. Place them around your home to absorb the order.

Step 3
Water, bread and vinegar is also excellent to absorb the order in your home. Fill a saucepan with water and add 2 cups of vinegar. Bring the vinegar and water to a boil then allow to simmer for 15 minutes. Afterwards, take some bread and drop it in the vinegar water. Put the bread on a plate and place them around your home.

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Step 4
Baking soda is a powerful odor absorbent. Just add about 4 ounces of baking soda to several bowls and place them around your home.

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September 17, 20170 found this helpful
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I believe you may be in England? and if so, some of the products named may not be readily available but you may be able to find similar products.

Step 1
Odors like this that penetrate a house are very difficult to remove in a very short period of time so relax and work on one method at a time as some of the odors will go away with everyday comings and goings in your house.

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Step 2
You say the lid stayed on but the odor still penetrated the house - so perhaps the lid was not tight and just contained it somewhat.

Step 3
I would suggest you start with a through cleaning of the stove and especially any overhead area above your stove (a hood for sure!).

Step 4
The counters around the stove and any condiments/dishes/etc should be washed and any cloth towels should also be washed. you can use white vinegar half and half with water to clean these things.

Step 5
You will need to check your cabinets around your stove (underneath and front panels) as they may have residue also.

Step 6
You may also have to clean your kitchen floor, especially around the stove area.

Step 7
Check everything in your kitchen for a slight "oily" feel as this will hold any odor until it is cleaned.

Step 8
Remove and replace any AC filters (very important).

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Step 9
You can then place plates of any type of odor absorbing material around your kitchen/house that will not pose a dangerous to your cat. Several types of material will do the trick - charcoal (any kind), baking soda, vinegar, cut up lemons, unused coffee grounds.

Cleaning anything near your stove will be a big help as this type of odor "falls" on everything.

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September 17, 20170 found this helpful
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Step 1
Use vinegar or diluted bleach to clean non-fabric surfaces.

Step 2
Wash the floors, ceilings, window screens, walls, and other fixtures.

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Step 3
Wipe all the wood, plastic, and metal furniture and appliances with distilled white vinegar.

Step 4
Dust or rinse all your knick knacks.

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