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7 Homemade Kitchen Odor Killers

Your kitchen will smell fresh and clean with these techniques.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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
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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.

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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.

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