Jolie Kerr is a cleaning expert, advice columnist and author of the New York Times bestselling book, My Boyfriend Barfed In My Handbag ... And Other Things You Can’t Ask Martha. Her flagship column, “Ask a Clean Person”, debuted in 2011. Here on Lifehacker, we’ve launched a new iteration of it, focusing on parenting and all the messes it brings.
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Tips and tricks come at you when you least at expect them. Just last week, I was unwinding from a hard day of hacking food with an episode of the new Queer Eye, when food expert/T-shirt aficionado/new Ted Allen Antoni Porowski told whatever straight dude he was working on (they all blend together) that a little coconut oil would de-stink even the most garlicky hands.
Whether you're frugal, environmentally conscious, or just love an efficiency challenge, there are a lot of reasons to save your food scraps. Well, mostly to make stock out of. And to compost the rest. But some of your scraps are good for more than just boiling for soup -- they can also be the starting place for a clever air freshener.
If your kitchen didn't come with an exhaust fan, you may feel like you have to forgo cooking certain foods that tend to linger, smell-wise. Luckily, your frying and high-heat searing days are not behind you, as there are several strategies you can implement to de-stink and freshen up after a particularly pungent meal.
From fried fish to a filthy litterbox, most smells in your home are fairly easy to pinpoint. There are, however, more insidious aromas that linger and seem impossible to eliminate, no matter how many bottles of air freshener you unleash. To keep these odours from taking over your home, first you have to identify them.
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