How to Get Rid of Curry Odor

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Curry is the one of the most popular dishes in the United Kingdom and has grown in popularity in the United States as well. Whether cooked at home or purchased as take-away, the pungent odor of curry lingers long after the food is consumed. Curry spices release fat-soluble oil, which causes the pungent aroma. The oil vapor is absorbed by fabrics and other porous surfaces, making the aroma difficult to remove. Professional cleaning companies can remove the odor, but typically charge a premium rate. A simple, homemade remedy with inexpensive household items is equally effective.

How to Get Rid of Curry Odor
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Things You'll Need

  • White vinegar
  • Cinnamon sticks
  • Cooking pot
  • Absorbent cloth
Step 1

Mix 3 cups white vinegar, 1 cup water and six cinnamon sticks in a large cooking pot.

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Step 2

Place the cooking pot on a stove-top burner and turn up the heat, bringing the vinegar mixture to a boil.

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Step 3

Turn down the heat on the stove and allow the vinegar mix to simmer for about four hours. The vinegar vapor acts as a natural cleanser and deodorizer, which neutralizes the curry odor on household surfaces and fabrics. The cinnamon sticks produce an aroma similar to incense, which also neutralizes curry odors.

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Step 4

Mix 1 cup water and 2 tbsp. white vinegar in a clean container. Dip the absorbent cloth in the container and wring until damp.

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Step 5

Wipe down surfaces and fabrics to remove the curry oil vapor from hard surfaces such as a range hood, backsplash, stove or refrigerator.

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Step 6

Remove odors from curtains and clothing with fabric deodorizer spray. Sprinkle baking soda on furniture upholstery and vacuum after 15 minutes.

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Step 7

Ventilate the room by opening the windows and doors. Allow surfaces and fabrics to thoroughly air dry.

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