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Emergency Prep: How to Get Rid of Cooking Smells Before a Showing

Emergency Prep - How to Get Rid of Cooking Smells Before a Showing

When your house is on the market, you know that prospective buyers could show up at any time – and they may want to see your house just after dinner.

So rather than panic and worry that potential buyers are going to hate your kitchen, here’s what to do.

Emergency Prep: How to Get Rid of Cooking Smells Before a Showing

While the easiest answer is just to dine out every night, that’s not really feasible – so use these tips to clear out cooking smells before a showing:

  • Keep a simmer pot going
  • Spritz the air with essential oils
  • Wash pots and pans as soon as you’re done cooking
  • Clean with vinegar

First things first, though. Turn on the range hood before you even start cooking. Crack the windows, too – preferably enough to get a good cross-breeze going.

Keep a Simmer Pot Going

While you’re cooking – especially something aromatic, like fish – it’s a good idea to keep a simmer pot going. Fill a pot with three cups of water and combine ingredients inside to cut through the smells in the kitchen. Try:

  • Lemon, rosemary and vanilla beans
  • Orange, cranberries and pine twigs
  • Orange, cinnamon sticks and cloves

Just be careful that you don’t let the water boil away completely, or you’ll be facing a bit of a mess in your pot (and burned lemon or orange doesn’t smell that great, either).

Spritz the Air With Essential Oils

Fill a spray bottle with water and put in a dozen drops of your favorite essential oils. To cut through cooking odors, eucalyptus, lavender and lemon work best. Lemongrass is also amazing. Mist your blend into the air in the kitchen for a quick freshening-up.

Wash Pots and Pans As Soon As You’re Done Cooking

It goes without saying that you should at least soak your pots and pans as soon as they’re empty – but you can take things a step farther, too. Send all the leftover cooking scraps, like onion peels and other pungent pieces, through the garbage disposal and chase them with an orange rind. Alternatively, you can put everything in a sealed plastic bag and put it in the trash – the outside bin, not the one in the kitchen – and make sure you do the dishes as soon as you’re finished eating.

Clean With Vinegar

Clean your kitchen cooking surfaces with vinegar. Because it’s an acid, it’ll cut through the odors – and while you’ll smell the vinegar for a little while, it’ll dissipate and leave everything fresh. The best way to do it is to let vinegar soak into all the surfaces for about 15 minutes before washing it away with clean, soapy water. Rinse each area thoroughly so you don’t have a sticky mess left over from the soap.

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Don Matheson
Realtor | Founder
The Matheson Team – RE/MAX Fine Properties
21000 N. Pima Rd., #100, Scottsdale, AZ 85255
[email protected]

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