How to Get an Onion Smell Out of the Kitchen


When you cook up a savory meal, adding onion can help make your recipe delicious. An unfortunate downside of cooking with onion can be the lingering odors that remain in your kitchen. Get an onion smell out of the kitchen with a simple trick. Use a basic household ingredient that will keep your home smelling fresh by neutralizing onion odors.

Things You'll Need

  • White vinegar
  • Small saucepan
  • Pour 1 cup of white vinegar into the saucepan at the same time as you prepare onions in the kitchen.

  • Place the saucepan onto the stove top and set the burner to medium-high.

  • Bring the vinegar to a boil while you saute the onions. Reduce the temperature of the vinegar to medium to keep it at a low boil while the onions cook.

  • Remove the vinegar from the heat when you finish cooking the onions. Discard the vinegar after you incorporate the onions to the recipe you are making.

Tips & Warnings

  • Remove onion odor from your hands after slicing or dicing onions by making a paste of equal parts baking soda and lemon juice. Rub your hands with this paste to neutralize odors and then rinse the paste from your hands.

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