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KITCHEN THAT SMELLS LIKE SUMMER: step by step aroma-plan

There are 9 areas in the kitchen where nasty smells tend to hide and 9 easy like a-b-c ways to fix this and make it smell like summer instead (or rainforest, or a fancy coffeeshop that has got the right beans) whatever you prefer, here's how to make the kitchen fresh.




1. FRIDGE, PANTRY AND TRASH BIN DETOX


a. Take everything out of the fridge and pantry, wipe or wash all the shelves and containers. I like using vinegar or lemon juice for the final wipe before stocking it again.

b. Throw out everything that went bad (expired salad dressings, old and almost empty jam jars, rotten tomatoes and leftovers) - these are number one killers of clean fridge scent.

c. Organize the food inside the fridge and add magic fresheners, like active charcoal pods/ sachets containing coffee grounds/ baking soda (sprinkled in a large shallow container and placed at the bottom shelf)/ a cotton swab soaked with vanilla or even special smell absorbing gadgets for the fridge, your choice. They all work as absorbents that will lock in and neutralize unpleasant odors.

!!! Don't forget to make sure your trash bins are clear of any remaining bits of food, leftover grime, etc. Hose them down if they're not totally clean and wipe with a paper towel sprayed with white vinegar. You may want to use smell absorbents here as well as in the fridge and pantry or get scented trash bags.



2. SINK, GARBAGE DISPOSAL AND DISHWASHER REFRESH


Kitchen tile and sink

Pieces of food and leftovers as well as oils and grease that stick to the walls of the garbage disposal or dishwasher pipes can give your kitchen a super non-fresh breath, so see cleaning those areas as a part of the monthly spa ritual for your home.


a. Wash the sink and sprinkle baking soda over it. In a few minutes go over it with a sponge and rinse with hot/boiling water. Sprinkle with vinegar and pat dry.

b. Put 1/2 cups of baking soda and 1 cup of white vinegar (or Glisten) in the garbage disposal opening (you can also add lemon or orange peel). In about ten minutes turn on both hot water and garbage disposal and have it all rinsed away.

c. Fill a bowl with white vinegar, put it at the bottom of the empty dishwasher and set it to run on a hot water cycle. The vinegar breaks down any residue, grease, etc. Alternatively you can use special dishwasher/garbage disposal cleaning liquids, like Glisten.



3. OVEN AND MICROWAVE CLEAN


a. Mix 1 cup of water, 1 cup of vinegar and 2 tbs of lemon juice in a bowl and place it in the center of the microwave, run on high for about 60 seconds. After the microwave is filled with steam, wipe it down with a damp cloth.

b. Wipe or hover away all crumbs and pieces of food in the oven and remove the racks. Mix baking soda with water (50/50) to create a paste and spread it over the walls of the oven or over stains (if the rest of the oven is fairly clean). Place the racks in hot water with 1/2 cups of vinegar and leave them there for a few hours.

c. Wipe baking soda paste off the walls of the oven with a damp cloth, spray with white vinegar and wipe again. Wash the racks.



4. DO THE KITCHEN LAUNDRY


a. Collect all the towels, rugs, pot holders, oven mitts and other kitchen textiles you might have (like curtains, fabric napkins, table clothes that have been in use, etc.).

b. Wash and dry all of the textiles.

c. Refresh the textiles with a fabric spray.


Here's a quick example recipe of a fabric spray :

You will need 3-4 lemons or limes, alcohol/vodka and water. Peel the citrus fruits, put them in a ceramic bowl and pour alcohol over, cover with foil and leave for 24 hours. Mix the citrus liquid (without the fruits) with water (50/50), put in a spray bottle and use to refresh your kitchen textiles.

Thin pizza

5. ADD AROMA SOURCES


In most contemporary home and apartment layouts kitchen is often the heart of the home. Maybe you enter right into your kitchen or it's connected to your living room and then no matter how big your house is, kitchen is right in front of your eyes (and nose too!) or maybe it's separate from everything else but so what - it's still not a great excuse to not have it smell anything but absolutely amazing.


a. Though there is this rule to never use an aroma candle at dinner or around food, there are scents that will be beautiful in your kitchen. My favorite ones are tomato and red currant candles.

b. Practice aroma steaming your kitchen. For this you just need to put some herbs and citrus fruits at the bottom of a large pot, fill it with water, heat it up to about 140-160F and leave on simmer (the key is not to have the water boiling). The sream will be slowly evaporating and filling the air with freshness. Simple recipe: 1 lemon + 2-3 branches of fresh rosemary (you can also use dry rosemary spices - about 1 tbs; or rosemary oil - about 5 drops).

c. There's nothing like fresh air. Open the windows or/and doors, bring in some flowers, bake an apple pie, and if it's cold or rainy invite friends over and surprise them with mulled wine/cider that makes your whole house smell like cinnamon, cloves and joy.


Like said above, if the layout of your home has the kitchen very central to everything else, having it fresh and aromatic will make the entire house feel cozy, inviting and charming.










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