How to Tackle 4 Different Kitchen Appliance Odors

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Heading to the doctor’s office does have it’s advantages. We were in for an allergy test yesterday and, to take our mind off the dozens of needle pricks we were about to endure, caught up on some waiting room literature. We don’t subscribe to Woman’s Day magazine, but it turns out the August 2010 issue had some tips to offer with a “Kitchen Odors 101” guide to getting rid of the stink from different appliances.

Next time you get a funky stench coming from the kitchen, check out your appliances and see if one of the tips below can help you get to the root of the stink:

Garbage disposal
Pour a cup of boiling water through the disposal, which will clean off the blades. Then grind up citrus peels like lemon or orange rind.

Soak a cotton ball in vanilla extract, then put it in a little bowl on the lowest open shelf. Remove it in a few days when dry. (If you prefer the smell of coffee, try a bowl of used coffee grounds instead.

A half-full dishwasher can stink up a kitchen in no time, so run the light rinse, with no soap. The steam will remove most of the food. If odors persist, get in the empty machine with a sponge and nailbrush, and clean out all the filters and parts on the bottom—something is likely stuck.

Before you turn on the burner, turn on the range hood—every single time. Why? Some of the particles and gasses that come off the stovetop while you’re cooking have been connected to health problems, particularly in children. And regularly clean your range hood filter (you can usually access it by snapping off the tabs near the vent).

And as a bonus…
Garbage can (So not an appliance, but it’s still a good tip)
Try SimpleHuman Charcoal Filters. These ingenious strips of charcoal stick to the inside of the lid, and can be recharged by placing in sunlight. ($3.99 for two at

(Photo illustration based on an image from DDecoracion.)