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How to Get Rid of Burnt Smells

Maybe it was burnt food, maybe a small fire started, regardless of the source that horrible burnt smell always seems impossible to get rid whether it is one room or the whole house. Some might assume that the only option to getting rid of burnt smells is to wait it out, but this is not pleasing by any means. Sure, opening windows and doors can do the trick but weather doesn’t always permit this and sometimes it is just not enough. Following a few tips can ensure that this horrid smell does not linger around any longer than necessary.

Replacing One Bad Smell With Another

Placing a bowl of vinegar in the room’s that are tainted by the burnt smell can help remove the odor. This may seem like replacing one bad smell with another bad smell, but surely most would rather smell vinegar than soot. Also, placing lemon peels or lemon juice in the vinegar can tone down the vinegar smell, this not only replaces the smell but it actually absorbs the some of the burnt odors. If the smell is in the kitchen, boiling the vinegar mixed with water can speed up the process of removing the smelly odors.

Two Spoonfuls of Baking Soda In My Coffee Please

Okay, so mixing together baking soda and coffee will not get rid of bad smells, but each can work in it’s own way to clear the air. For items around the house that could have possibly absorbed the smell simply sprinkle baking soda on them. This method is particularly good for carpets and rugs, sprinkle the baking soda on the carpet or rug, let it sit for a little while, and vacuum it up. The baking soda can be sprinkled on other items that absorb smells as well but items that can not be vacuumed such as curtains will need to be shaken to get rid of the excess baking soda or simply rub the baking soda out so there are no white spots. To get rid of the burnt smell lingering in the air place coffee in bowls around the house, or in the room that smells, and the coffee will absorb the burnt smell and possibly leaving a nice coffee scent along with it.


Believe it or not charcoal is not only great for hamburgers (which could have possibly caused this terrible burnt smell in the first place) but is also a great odor absorber. Lay charcoal out in the room’s in which there is an order, by either putting towels down to set the charcoal on or placing the charcoal in a bowl. This is more effective for small rooms, but for bigger areas can be used in conjunction with warmed lemon juice sitting out (or vinegar as previously mentioned) to aid in the process of getting rid of that burnt smell.

Following these tips, either by them self or used in conjunction with each other, should help reduce if not completely get rid of those pesky burnt smells.

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