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Adapted from Good Housekeeping
Tools You’ll Use
1. Combat cooking fumes. Try this to erase the scent of yesterday’s broiled fish: In a saucepan, mix 3 tablespoons of white vinegar and 1 cup of water and boil for several minutes. Vinegar is acidic and odors are alkaline, so the former will neutralize the latter.
2. Treat the trash. Without regular attention, garbage stench can take over your kitchen. As soon as you get a whiff, empty the can and use a wet paper towel to wipe away any debris stuck inside at the bottom or under the lid. Spray the whole thing, inside and out, with a disinfectant spray, like Lysol, and let it dry — do this about once a week, and you may be able to skip a deeper cleaning for good.
3. Freshen up appliances. If you’ve quit hand-rinsing items before loading them into the dishwasher, kudos for saving water. The downside: Food bits in the machine can lead to funky smells. Clean the filter (below the bottom rack) by whisking out any particles with a paper towel. Then run a “rinse only” or “quick rinse” cycle with the machine empty, to wash away debris; afterward, leave the door a bit ajar to air it out. For the fridge and freezer, toss past-prime leftovers and other likely offenders, and dump the old ice cubes, which hold odors, in the sink. Clean obvious spills with a sudsy sponge; rinse. Pour a thin (1/4-inch) layer of fresh baking soda into a few small, shallow dishes. Cover with plastic wrap and punch holes so air can circulate; distribute on shelves to freshen for up to three months.
4. De-stink the sink. The culprit here is residual food scraps in the garbage disposer or pipes. First, clean the disposer blades by grinding up that ice from the freezer. Thoroughly rinse the rubber gasket, if you have one — it’s a magnet for debris (flip it up and get the underside, too). Finally, even if you don’t have a disposer, pour in 1/2 cup baking soda while running warm tap water.
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