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17 Ways To Make Everything In Your Kitchen Smell Downright Heavenly


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1. Put two teaspoons of vanilla in the oven for an hour to fake that freshly baked aroma.

Pour the two teaspoons in a mug and bake at 300 degrees for an hour. If you want, you can incorporate a few spices for a more ~well-rounded~ scent.

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2. First, quickly clean your garbage disposal — then grind up lemon wedges and ice cubes to get rid of the funky stench and sharpen the blades.

To clean, pour baking soda and vinegar down the drain and immediately insert the sink stopper. The fizzy reaction will break up whatever food is lodged in there.

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4. Hide cotton balls soaked in vanilla extract to make your guests think you're always baking.

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P.S. Make sure you're using pure vanilla extract (no sugars!) so that you aren't attracting bugs.


9. Grind your beans every morning to get that extra jolt of coffee aroma in the morning — and a fresher cup of joe.

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The reason you prefer the $4 cup of coffee from a café is because they grind their beans right before they brew it. Skip the preground can of Folgers and buy a hand or electric grinder. Want the smell but not the cup? Roast some green beans in the oven! Just stick a pan full in the oven at 500 degrees for seven minutes, and it'll smell like heaven.

Get an electric grinder from Amazon for $17.99 or a hand-crank coffee mill for $19.99.

12. Make a two-step air purifier out of a glass jar and activated charcoal pellets.

It's way more absorbent than baking soda! See it here.

Get activated charcoal from Amazon for $2.99 or buy a charcoal air purifying bag from Bed Bath & Beyond for $9.95.


13. Simmer water and white vinegar after cooking if you want to treat yourself to fried food without getting stuck with the smell for days., Jesse Szewczyk / BuzzFeed

After you've cleaned the whole kitchen, simmer one cup of white vinegar and one cup of water for a few minutes to neutralize the oil. Get five fried chicken recipes here.

14. And please dispose of oil properly so you aren't creating a clog in your kitchen sink. (!)

The oil will solidify and block off the drain, so you'll have to declog the sink all over again. Store the hot oil in a glass jar or plastic milk carton and toss it in the trash when it's cool...or reuse it! You can safely store cooking oil in the freezer for up to two months.

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15. Bake food that does smell good, like zucchini, chicken, or bread.

Whenever I would bake zucchini, my roommates would ask me if I was making pancakes. So strange, but it does smell delicious. Learn how to bake this rosemary bread in a slow-cooker here.

16. Keep your food scraps in the freezer if you don't want them stinking up the trash.

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Use a compostable bag if you want to dispose of them in an environmentally friendly manner. Or just keep them in a jar and dump them out when you're about to take out the trash. Learn how to make vegetable stock out of scraps here or learn how to compost here.

17. Do a wash cycle with vinegar and then one with baking soda to get rid of the musty smell in your dishwasher.

Make sure to check the drain for whatever's clogging it before you do this! You can do a third wash of bleach if your machine is stainless steel and smells moldy.

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