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Jan 21, 2008 01:11 AM

Cooking Smells

I made Julia Child's Soupe à l'oignon (French onion) soup yesterday and it turned out amazing. However --- still --- the odor of onions are infiltrating my house. Any tried & true tricks on how to eliminate the odor?

A similar thing happened recently when I pan fried some salmon in a cast iron skillet on the stove (again, great recipe, but not worth the odor). It seemed to take days for that smell to dissipate


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    1. Beside the usual stuff (opening windows/doors, etc.), I usually also break out the Febreeze when I cook something smelly. Cooking odors can get trapped in drapes, upholstery, etc. and at least in my experience, the Febreeze helps a lot. Also, be sure to change out your dishtowels in the kitchen. Good luck!

      1. I agree with Susy Q on the Febreeze. We use Febreeze Fabric Refresher as well as Febreeze Air. Combination works great for eliminating cooking odors.

        1. Tehama- I am on a korean food kick as of late and have found that one of the most effective means to rid my house of the smell is placing several small open containers of white vinegar around the house. Works like a charm!

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          1. re: YumTum

            That doesn't sound so aesthetically pleasing...maybe you can use a reed diffuser to make it look better. :)

            1. re: justagthing

              I agree. Though I don't actually put the vinegar bottles out,... I pour the vinegar into pretty containers

              1. re: YumTum

                oh, thanks for the clarification...i was just picturing you putting out cups and bowl of vinegar, lol.

            2. re: YumTum

              I tried this method after reading about it on CH (i think in another thread), and it works so well! Since then I have been placing a small ceramic bowl with vinegar in it close to my stove. Now even when I fry fish, the smell only lasts for like 10 mins. Then the smell is all gone and I can only smell vinegar! It works so well!

              If I am not cooking I simply cover the bowl.

            3. Burning candles -- scented, unscented, beeswax, hand dipped, as long as they have a flame -- always works for me.