7 Homemade Kitchen Odor Killers

View as Slideshow

1. Simmer Up the Spices!
When kitchen air gets stale, liven it up by simmering a handful of whole cloves, 3-4 whole nutmegs, 4-5 cinnamon sticks, and perhaps a few orange or lemon peels in a large pot of water for an hour. But don't just pour this bubbling deodorizer down the drain! Instead, strain the cooled liquid into spray bottles and use it in the kitchen and elsewhere whenever the air could use a little freshening.

2. Clean a Drain with Salt
Using salt and baking soda to unclog a drain will put an end to bad drain odors at the same time. Pour 1 cup salt into the drain followed by 1 cup baking soda. Pour a kettle full of boiling water down the drain and let all that hard-working sodium get busy.

3. Bake Some Lemons
Don't buy an air freshener when you can get rid of kitchen odors at a fraction of the cost with baked lemon. Simply slice 2 lemons, put them on a foil-lined cookie sheet, and bake them in a preheated oven at 225°F for 60-90 minutes. To prolong the cleansing effect once the heat's turned off, open the oven door and leave the lemons on the rack for a few hours.

Content continues below ad

4. Borax in the Bin
Garbage cans are great incubators for odor-causing mold and bacteria. To fend off accumulations of these microscopic marauders, sprinkle 1/2 cup borax in the bottom of your garbage can and renew it with every emptying.

5. Disposal Deodorizers
Wherever food gets ground up every day, odor-causing bacteria follow, thriving in the cracks and crevices deep inside a garbage disposal. To keep unpleasant smells from wafting out of your disposal, try grinding any of these odor busters:

  • Citrus peels (lemon, lime, orange, or grapefruit)
  • Two or three bunches of fresh mint

6. A Cure for Cabbage
Boiled cabbage is one of the most healthful foods around, but the odor it gives off as it cooks is a major turn-off. To sweeten the air (and perk up cabbage's flavor at the same time), add half a lemon to the cooking water.

Content continues below ad

7. Bake a Batch of Brownies
There's no better natural kitchen deodorizer than a batch of baking brownies. Doesn't matter if they're homemade or out of a box, and your family will thank you for it.

Become more interesting every week!

Get our Read Up newsletter

how we use your e-mail
We will use your email address to send you this newsletter. For more information please read our privacy policy.

Funny Jokes
Some people like to travel by train because 
it combines the slowness of a car with the cramped public exposure of 
an airplane. Dennis Miller
Funny Jokes
I think my pilot was a little inexperienced. We were sitting on the runway, and he said, “OK, folks, we’re gonna be taking off in a just few—whoa! Here we go.” Kevin Nealon
Funny Jokes
“I can’t wait until your vacation is over.” 
—Everyone following you on Instagram @kristencarney
Funny Jokes
A man knocked on my door and asked for a donation toward the local swimming pool. So I gave him a glass of water. Comedian Greg Davies
Funny Jokes
Just found the worst page in the entire dictionary. What I saw was disgraceful, disgusting, dishonest, and disingenuous. @sixthformpoet
Funny Jokes
Client: We need you to log in to the YouTube and make all our company videos viral. From clientsfromhell.net
Funny Jokes
My cat just walked up to the paper shredder and said, “Teach me 
everything you know.” @NicCageMatch
Funny Jokes
“Just because you can’t dance doesn’t mean you shouldn’t dance.” 
—Alcohol @yoyoha (Josh Hara)
Funny Jokes
My parents didn't want to move to Florida, but they turned 60 and that's the law. —Jerry Seinfeld
Funny Jokes
Q: What do you call an Amish guy with his hand in a horse's mouth? A: A mechanic.