Removing Odors From The Kitchen

keeping a clean kitchenNo matter how clean a house is, any persistent and lingering odor can ruin the whole effect.

Here are some handy tips to deal with odors in your kitchen that I’ve learned over the years.

Using lemon, vinegar, herbs, bicarbonate of soda, washing powder and other readily available ingredients from your kitchen, you can eliminate odors easily.

Odors in the Refrigerator:

  • Remove all food and perishables. Wash the inside with a solution of 2 tspns full of baking soda or sodium bicarbonate dissolved in a liter of warm water.
  • Place a piece of crumbled news paper inside to absorb any smells.
  • Place a charcoal or a piece of coal. They’ll work in the same manner as do the charcoal based refrigerator fresheners available in stores.

Odors in the Microwave:

  • Clean the inside of a microwave with a soft cloth dipped in a solution of Sodium Bicarbonate (baking soda) dissolved in warm water. Then wipe clean with cotton soaked in lemon juice.
  • In a bowl pour some fresh lemon juice with a little water and heat it in the microwave for a minute. The microwave will smell fresh and together remove any odors present.

Freshly cut lemons keep cut sharp odors in your kitchen

Odors in the Sink:

Throw a couple of table spoons of washing soda down the plughole of your sink and then flush it with plenty of water.

Use a solution of caustic soda dissolved in warm water to unblock pipes from food waste and grime. They also add a bad smell to your kitchen and should be cleared of any clogs as quickly as possible.

Odors in the Trash Can:

Keep your trashcans clean by wiping them with a soft cloth soaked in a solution of any washing up liquid or powder in water.

Sprinkle some borax and lemon peels in the trashcan to dispel bad smell.

Cooking smells:

When cooking food with spices,always place a small dish containing vinegar on the work top to avoid smells spreading in the whole house.

When boiling vegetables such as cabbage put a leftover piece of bread inside before covering it with a lid. It’ll not let the smell penetrate into your house.

Rub plastic boards with a lemon wedge every 2-3 weeks to remove any smells from them.

To remove strong smells of fish or onion from your chopping boards, simply sprinkle some baking powder on top. Then a few drops of water. Spread the paste evenly and leave to stand for 3-4 hours. Wash with running water and dry.

To keep your kitchens smelling fresh, simple remedies are available in your kitchen only. All you’ve to do is keep things washed and cleaned up. If you fancy growing your own herbs, place some on your kitchen window sill. Also ensure there’s good ventilation in your house to eliminate any lingering odors.

Let me know some of your favorite tips and I’ll list them out here too. I love to share your website and ideas!

You Can Decorate Your Home

interior design is easier than you thinkYes, you can decorate your home. All it takes is a little time and creativity. It only takes as much money as you want to spend. Paint doesn’t cost very much and you more than likely have everything else you need.

Sometimes just switching the furniture and accessories around and a good cleaning will do the job. So look at your home and think of what you can do to make it a brighter,more comfortable, cheerful place.

You Can Decorate Your Home

There is really no place like home and it doesn’t take a magic wand to turn your home into a castle, neither do you need a handyman or a suitcase full of money.

With a little time, creativity and a few basic skills you can do it. Your home can set the mood for depression and gloom or it can be a comforting and cheerful place. So why not make it positive and cheerful?

When you look at other up-beat rooms and your own, you will be able to see exactly why yours isn’t working. Learn to listen to your space and discern what it’s saying to you.

You may already have a good idea where to begin. Choose a room and see what you like and dislike about it. Jot it down on your list. What do you want to use the room for? Write that down too. Make notes of what you want to change.

Look at magazines and clip pictures that you like, that you think would work in your room. Keep collecting and editing as you go.

Do some pricing on line and see how much you will need for paint, shelving and fixtures. See what you have that you can make do with.

Measure your room and sketch out the shape on a sheet of paper. Mark the windows. Measure pieces of furniture and find a good location for them.

You may not need to do anything but put on a coat of fresh paint. Paint can do wonders to brighten up a room. Maybe you will decide to paint, put on fresh slip covers and hang different curtains.

Gather new fresh ideas and consider all your options.

To make your room look taller, paint the ceiling a cooler lighter color than the walls. To make a small room seem larger, paint it a light color. Paint a darker matte color to make the room seem cozy.

Floors should be neutral. A bare wood floor can be refinished, stained darker or bleached, or you can paint it. Or use carpet tiles that can easily be changed out.

Beware of contrast between rooms.

If you need furniture, thrift stores and garage sales are good sources. Don’t overload your room with too much furniture. Use one larger decoration for a center piece that you build the rest of the room around.

I used and old leather saddle. it’s rustic, natural with great earthy tones that could be used in any decor. And I like that I re-used something rather than it be thrown away. I just Googled “used Western saddles for sale” and found one a a great price. It really makes a great conversation piece.

If your room is small consider moving some pieces of furniture out. You may be able to switch some furnishings from one room to another. There really are no rules that you can’t have a love seat in a bedroom or yu must have a sofa in the living room.

Make the focus of your room a fireplace, TV, window or some other distinctive feature of the room and distribute furnishing around it. This brings the eye to one focal point and makes the room feel “tied in” rather than just a bunch  of stuff strewn about.

Now, aren’t you proud of your decorating ability?