There is that doom day of cooking; the recipe you try don’t go as planned. You even burn the ingredients on the process. After turning off the stove, now you are wondering what to do with the smell. It is so bad that anyone who steps into the kitchen could tell that something is burnt. What could you do?
1. Let the Air Cleans the Smoke Smell
The quickest thing you could do is opening the window. It will allow the some of the smoke to flow out. If you have minimum airing system in the kitchen, you could open the closest door that connects to the outdoor. You should also turn on the exhaust fan to speed up the process. Double the effort by putting standing fan in the spot that allows the smoke to flow out.
In the meantime, you could wait outside until the smoke is totally cleared out. It applies especially for small kitchen that easily get filled with smoke. Let the fan works for about five to fifteen minutes. You also need to recollect yourself and get calm. The fire and the smoke might make you shocked and shiver. To continue with the cleaning, you must be calm first.
2. Get Rid of The Burnt Items
Now that the smoke has been cleared out, you need to remove all the fans and turn off the exhaust fan. You don’t want to leave the electric tools to be around when you hold cleaning agents. Next thing to do is throwing out the burnt items. Whatever that fails you on the pan is the source of the tangy smell in the kitchen. So, put it away to the trash can; all of the burnt parts!
You don’t need to save the remaining “cooked” parts. Just re-do all the steps later after the smoke smell gets away. The burnt food might still be smelly after you put it in the trash can, so you need to tie up the plastic trash and walk to the nearby dumpster. Say goodbye to the dark inedible food!
3. Clean the Cooking Tool
In some burning cooking accident, you can save the cooking utensils. In this case, you could directly rub the surface. If it is hard because of the crease, take your time to soak the pan first. The solution consists of white vinegar and water. Another option would be baking soda and water. Combining both methods might be needed for a very bad burnt case.
The vinegar mixed with water helps to remove the burnt odor from the cooking ware. Then, the baking soda will soften the gunk on the pan. You could clean the trace easily and has less odor. If the burning accident occur in microwave, then grab a lemon and slice it into half. Drain the juice and mix it with water in microwave-safe cup. Heat the cup and it will clean up the odor.
4. Wash the Fabric
Odor has this one thing: the persistent smell on the surfaces it attaches into. This includes the cloth in the kitchen; tablecloth, flooring cover, curtains and kitchen wipe. Naturally, these fabric items are the next item to clean after you finish with the cooking tool. Do not attempt to wash them together. You need to wash each of them properly.
Some specific fabrics requires to be soaked with warm water before being thrown into washing machine. Some others only need to be rinsed with clean water. Sometimes, the burnt part drops on the carpet or fabric rugs. Sprinkle baking soda over the burnt, cover it with tissue and wipe them together. Make sure the baking soda is left for several minutes so it could absorb the odor as well.
5. Clean the Hard Surface
As mentioned above, smoke sticks on any surface. It includes the hard surfaces such as cabinets, countertops, cooking area and walls. The layer of odor is so thin that it might appear as grease or could not be seen at all. You only need to sniff to tell that something is burnt in the kitchen. Yes, you also need to clean this area as well. There is no other option.
Thankfully, the mixture of natural cleaning agent could be made using vinegar. Pour one cup of vinegar into half gallon of water. Use the solution to clean the hard surfaces. The easiest method would be pouring the vinegar into spray bottle. First, take a sponge and wipe clean the surfaces. Then, you could spray vinegar solution then wipe the contaminated wall or cabinet using clean cloth.
6. Wipe the Walls
Wall is built from different materials to kitchen counter, cabinet and cooking area. Strong smoke might leave stubborn smell that won’t vanish after vinegar bath. You could still smell the tangy odor coming from the walls. In this case, you need stronger cleaning tool. Purchase a chemical sponge in the market; one that is made specially to get rid of strong smell.
Pay attention to the sponge; it will work well in dry state. If the sponge starts to feel damp or wet, change to the new one. Otherwise, the odor still sticks to the wall. You could also shave the dirty part with cutter or knife to reveal new layer. Remember: only takes this option if you are sure the sponge is not wet yet.
7. Freshen the Air
Now that you have thoroughly clean the kitchen, do the last thing: freshen the air. Some micro particles might be floating in the air and leave the hint of burnt odor. There is no need for more cleaning. In fact, you could do this while going out for grocery. Before leaving, simmer 1:1 ratio of vinegar and water for 30 minutes. Turn off the stove and let the water cools down while emitting its fragrance.
If you would love to have something traditional, throw three cloves to 4 cups of water. Bring the water to boil for 40 minutes. Turn off the stove and put cinnamon stick. The fragrance will serve as relaxation aroma as well. By the time you arrive at home, the pungent smell will be replaced with nice fragrant.