Eliminating Cooking Odors

To me, the worst part of cooking isn’t the clean-up (I have my wonderful husband to guilt into helping me with that)…it’s the fact that our apartment smells like whatever I made for hours – sometimes days – afterwards. This is especially problematic when it comes to smoky odors, like those that pour out of our ancient oven whenever we roast anything.

When people come over, I want my home to smell great. Not “fine”…amazing. This is tough when you cook as much as I do, but voila! In addition to the old standby, scented candles (which I’m constantly burning anyway), I have a few neat tricks up my sleeve to help eliminate the less-mouthwatering aftereffects of last night’s delicious dinner.

– Place a cinnamon stick in a pot of boiling water, or sprinkle powdered cinnamon on a foil-lined baking sheet and put it in the oven on low heat. (Cloves and rosemary also work.)

– Slice a lemon in half and place it in a pot of boiling water.

– Pour a small amount of vanilla into a foil-lined, oven-safe dish and put it in the stove on low heat. Go HERE to learn how to make homemade vanilla extract.

– “Smudge” your apartment with white sage.

– Place a small amount of dried lavender or sage in a frying pan on low heat and push it around until it releases a lovely scent (careful not to let it burn!).

– And my favorite way to eliminate unwanted odors? Just whip up a batch of chocolate chip cookies.

Any other ideas?

  • Those tips are all also great if you're showing your home to a potential renter or buyer. The first time I had to sublet an apartment, my mom suggested I boil cinnamon on the stove to make it smell homey. I did, and the guy took the apartment. Was it the cinnamon? Maybe 🙂

    • jordanreid

      definitely! i did the cookie-baking trick while trying to sell my place in LA – obvious, but it works.

  • Catnip

    I love the smell of apple cider with mulling spices.

  • Sarah

    This post could not have been more well-timed. We had Indian food for dinner and I am currently trying the vanilla in the oven tip. Thanks Jordan!

  • Dave

    Rather than cookies, bake a loaf of bread. Bread > cookies.

  • janstar

    A bowl of charcoal does the trick for me.

  • guest

    If your ye olde oven smokes and stinks, cleaning it will help. You could also probably get a free oven off Craigslist and replace your old one.

    • jordanreid

      Cleaning the stove is Kendrick's job 😉
      I'd LOVE a new one – we have to light ours with matches and it sends a fireball shooting out every time.

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  • jan

    What about a regular bowl of charcoal?

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