A smoke or a burnt odor in your house could be the cause of a house fire, cigarettes, a fireplace or leaving an item on the stove for too long. No matter what the cause, the smoke or burnt odor can fill your entire home and last for weeks after the incident. Spraying air freshener typically does not remove the odor because the odors are often trapped in the walls and fibers.
Get Rid Of The Evidence
When getting rid of a bad odor, many people overlook the source. Simply tossing that burnt popcorn into the garbage allows the smell to linger. Place burnt items in a plastic bag and put the bag in your outside garbage. Burnt residue in pots and pans can also lead to unpleasant odors so be sure to clean them thoroughly.
Without proper circulation, a burnt odor has nowhere to go. Opening windows to allow fresh air in is an effective countermeasure for neutralizing residual odors. Turn on kitchen and range fans to prevent stale air accumulation. If you have portable electric fans, plug them in near an open door or window to multiply the freshening effect.
A Different Kind Of Lemon-Aid
While a burnt odor is unpleasant, walking into a room with a fresh lemon scent is refreshing. Bring a pot containing 1 1/2 cups of water with several chopped lemons and your favorite fragrant spices to a boil. Let it steep for up to 30 minutes for the scent to penetrate the surrounding air.
Kitchen Cupboard Deodorizers
White vinegar is an effective odor neutralizer, particularly when partnered with absorbent bread. Add 2 cups of vinegar to a gallon of water and bring to a boil. After simmering for 15 minutes, carefully dip several slices of white bread into the mixture. Leave at the site of the burn to absorb and neutralize offensive odors. If you don’t have bread, just distribute the vinegar water in small bowls throughout your home and leave for a few hours. Baking soda also has natural deodorizing abilities. Simply set small bowls half filled with baking soda in a few key areas around your home, on top of a stove or near a garbage pail for a few hours to absorb and neutralize burnt odors as necessary. Remember to place the bowls of baking soda away from children or pets.