kitchen smell

Funky odors become doubly pungent in warm weather. The Whizzards — Sydney’s home residential cleaning experts — help whizz away the stink.

1. You just fried fish

Boil a cup of water and 2 tablespoons of vinegar, or leave a bowl of white bread soaked in white vinegar on the kitchen counter overnight. Close doors when you cook, so your clothes and linens don’t absorb the smell.

2. Rancid cutting boards

Cover boards with salt, then rub with a cut lemon to kill odor-causing bacteria and break down slime. Rinse then season the boards with mineral oil. Replace boards when you see deep, hard-to-clean grooves.

3. Kimchi (or stinky cheese) in the refrigerator

Try this tip from Bon Appetit editor Ashlea Halpern: soak cotton balls in vanilla, and store in a shot glass at the back of the fridge. Wrap strong-smelling foods in plastic.

4. Smelly garbage disposal and cans

Turn on your garbage disposal and throw in ice cubes, which displace stuck food and sharpen the blades too. Then, pour a cup of vinegar mixed with 1/4 cup lemon.

Every month, deep-clean your garbage cans with ¾ cup of chlorine bleach, 1 tablespoon dishwashing detergent, and a gallon of warm water.

5. Musty kitchen cabinets

Mustiness can mean a hidden slow leak that could ruin walls or cause mold. Check all cabinets for warping, bubbles, or sponginess. Another culprit: hidden leaks behind the fridge (if it has an icemaker/water dispenser) or dishwasher.

Instead of masking the smell with air fresheners, rub down the cabinets with ½ cup of rubbing alcohol with a pint of mineral oil to kill bacteria and seal the wood. Leave a piece of charcoal to absorb odors.

Beat the odor and conquer the mess by booking a Whizzard. We’ll even clean the refrigerator and oven! Takes less time to find the best Sydney home cleaner than to wipe your kitchen counter.