Banish Fridge Funk With A Cotton Ball And Vanilla Extract

Banish Fridge Funk with a Cotton Ball and Vanilla Extract

As a lover of sulphurous and fermented foods, my fridge often smells less than pleasant. A dish of bicarb soda can absorb some odours, but certain foods overpower that puny sodium bicarbonate. This method, on the other hand, works like a charm and uses stuff you probably have.

Picture: Debbie R

Like a knight in shining stainless steel, Bon Appetit has compiled some of its staff's best tips and tricks for dealing with the dreaded fridge funk. My favourite is the below from Ashlea Halpern, Bon Appetit's special projects editor, because it's super-easy and I already have all of the materials:

We mask kimchi stink and other weird smells with cotton balls soaked in vanilla extract, shoved in a shot glass, and pushed to the back of a fridge. It's freakin' magic!

What's your preferred method of banishing kitchen odours? Is there actual cleaning involved? I hear that helps.

How to Get Rid of Kitchen Smells with Natural Remedies [Bon Appetit]


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