How to Remove Unwanted Smells From Your Kitchen

We tend to spend a lot of time in the kitchen and not just when we’re cooking. It might even be the place where the kids come to do their homework, the neighbors visit for a glass of wine or guests mix and mingle over the holidays. The kitchen is often the most utilized room in the house (okay, we’re not counting the time you spend sleeping in your bedroom) and often the room with the most unpleasant smells. Sure, it would be nice to think that your kitchen always smells like fresh chocolate chip cookies baking in the oven or freshly cut herbs sautéing on the stove, but that’s just not the reality. One whiff of the garbage can is likely to ruin your appetite and keep you from enjoying a clean, odor-free environment in which to cook, eat, and entertain. What can you do about it?

Taking Out the Trash is Not Enough

Taking out the garbage is probably part of your daily cleaning routine (we hope), but it’s not always enough to avoid the kitchen stink. Even with the use of bags and liners, malodors are often left behind due to leftover food particles, liquid leaks, residue, and odors becoming embedded into the can itself. This creates the ideal environment for bacteria to grow, which creates a foul smell in your kitchen.

Cleaning the Trash Can

It’s a dirty job, as they say, but someone has to do it. You can trying convincing the kiddos to take on this task, but when that doesn’t work it’ll probably become your responsibility. Some simple solutions:

  • Use rubber gloves. This is probably self-explanatory but you’re about to reach into the trash can and gloves will protect you from germs.
  • Remove residue. You’ll probably be surprised at the amount of residue left behind, even when using garbage bags. Not only is it stinky, but it will eventually attract insects and other bugs. YUCK. Some people prefer to use a toilet brush here to thoroughly scrub down the can.
  • Hose it down. If you can, take the can outside and hose it down thoroughly. If you don’t have access to a hose, rinse it inside, using your sink or a bucket of water. Pat dry with paper towels.
  • Use an enzyme based cleaning product with Ordenone. This is your secret weapon in the fight against odors. Ordenone stops the smell immediately by capturing the malodors and locking them up tight. Enzymes then work to break down the malodors, and any remaining traces of food, completely.

After applying, let the product sit for 5 minutes. If there are particularly tough or persistent odors or stains, leave it on for as long as one hour. Wipe clean, and take a deep breath. Smell that? That’s the smell of clean.

  • Repeat as needed. Regular cleaning will help your kitchen stay odor-free. We recommend cleaning your trash can weekly.

Kitchen trash cans are a necessity –but they’re often the source of that stink that you can’t seem to eliminate. Taking a few minutes to clean with a nontoxic, biodegradable product keeps the odors away, restores appetites, and makes the entire house look, feel, and smell better. Who knows, you might even have a few extra RSVPs to your next dinner party 🙂