One of the joys of cooking is the aromas foods release while they are cooking. The delicious smells of a baking cake, soup on the stove or roast in the oven make our mouths water and awakens our appetite. But when food aromas linger, they can turn into cooking odors that are not so pleasant to smell. Cooking spicy food, exotic recipes and roasting can leave the lingering smell all over your home especially if your home is fully air conditioned. But that should not prevent you from enjoying the luxury of staying with your family at home and enjoy the fun of cooking. You don't have to panic when guests are on their way over shortly after you have cooked fish. There are ways to eliminate the unwanted odor.

Air Fresheners

Air fresheners are commercial or consumer products used in homes and restrooms to make the air fresh. According to Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS) America, air freshener works in combination or by one of the following:
  1. by killing your ability to smell by way of a nerve-deadening chemical.
     
  2. by coating your nasal passages with an undetectable oily film.
     
  3. by covering up one smell with another.
     
  4. (rarely) by breaking down the offensive odor.
     
Despite the air freshener’s positive name, MCS America said that air fresheners do nothing or little to make the air fresh. In 2002, EPA researchers testing air freshening units that plug into electrical sockets determined that when the fragrance chemicals in these products react with common indoor air pollutants they produce serious health hazards. These chemicals include toxic substances such as benzene derivatives, pinene and limonene, aldehydes, phenol, and cresol. Pinene and limonene react with the ozone creating formaldehyde and a variety of related chemicals which have been implicated in multiple chemical sensitivity and respiratory distress. Air freshener chemicals have been implicated in cancer, neurological damage, reproductive and developmental disorders, and other conditions. The synthetic chemicals in air fresheners also can aggravate asthma and/or trigger attacks. If you are going to use air fresheners be sure to check the labels and be aware of what chemicals could be used. Homemade air fresheners are a better choice.

Homemade Air Fresheners

Simmer Potpourri

Potpourri is a kind of air freshener made from cones, seeds, leaves, and dried flowers. Since it is a kind of air freshener, it only masks the odor using its scent. If you want to make an easy homemade simmering potpourri, below is an instructional video:

Vinegar

Vinegar is a multipurpose liquid as a result of ethanol fermentation. Acetic acid is the main ingredient of vinegar that gives it an acidic taste. It is also famous in household cleaning applications. Because of the vinegar’s popularity as a multipurpose liquid, Richard Sweeney, an eHOw contributor posted instructions on how to eliminate odors with vinegar.

Make Some Coffee

Coffee lovers will love this idea. Coffee is a brewed drink coming from roasted coffee beans. The idea here is to mask the cooking odor with the aroma of coffee. It will not only mask the odor, according to ScientificAmerican.com, but just smelling coffee helps head.

Baking Soda

Some people think that baking soda and baking powder are the same. But actually, they are not. Baking soda is pure sodium bicarbonate, while baking powder contains sodium bicarbonate, acidifying agent and drying agent. Baking soda is a chemical salt with various practical uses. Baking soda is commonly used in baking as leavening agent but it can also be used as an odor eliminator. Just sprinkle the baking soda into the rugs and carpets and leave it there overnight. Then vacuum it all up in the morning when you wake up. Put a tablespoon of baking soda combined with vinegar into your sink drain to freshen it.

Proper Ventilation

Ventilation is the process of providing fresh air to an enclosed room and taking away contaminated air outside. The kitchen is one of the busiest places in your house. You you use it 3 times or more to cook food every day. Because of that, proper ventilation is recommended to reduce and eliminate cooking odors. To better understand ventilation best practices for your home and kitchen you can read this article from Air Advice For Homes.

Air Purifiers Eliminate Kitchen Odor, Remove Stove Smoke, And Reduce Allergens

Thanksgiving will be here shortly and while there's nothing like the aroma of a home-cooked meal, the lingering smell of turkey isn't always as pleasant as it was at the start of the day. Equipped with not just a primary filter but an additional carbon filter and a microbial filter, an AirBox air purifier can rid the kitchen of odors without masking the smell the way candles or aerosol sprays do. Your curtains, clothes and furniture will be free of the scent, and guests will leave that night without smelling of the day's celebrations. Some of your guests may not be as happy to see the family dog as he is to see them. If they have allergies, the pet dander could cause them serious discomfort on a day that should be spent relaxing and enjoying everyone's company. Running the air purifier can reduce pet dander and other particles in the air that cause their allergies to worsen. Air purifiers are great additions to your kitchen because they remove irritating smoke given off by your stove. With all of the guests in your home on Thanksgiving, the kitchen can also be a breeding ground for bacteria. Keep the AirBox air purifier running throughout the day to help filter out both smoke and impurities that could make you sick.