How to Remove a Cumin Odor


Cumin has a strong Mediterranean odor that can permeate your home, furniture and your clothes if you use a lot of it in your cooking. This smell will eventually dissipate unless you cook with cumin on a regular basis. If the smell bothers you, stop using it or ventilate your kitchen fully with exhaust fans and by opening windows whenever you cook with it. Use natural cleaning solutions that will absorb the cumin odor.

Things You'll Need

  • Baking soda
  • Scrubbing brush
  • Vacuum
  • White vinegar
  • Spray bottle
  • Bowl

Remove Odor from Soft Surfaces

  • Sprinkle baking soda over soft surfaces in your home that smell like cumin. Baking soda is a natural cleaning powder that will absorb odors it comes into contact with. Sprinkle the baking soda over upholstery, carpets or other soft surfaces.

  • Brush the baking soda into the surface with a scrubbing brush. This will work it into the nap and enhance its ability to remove the odors.

  • Let the baking soda sit overnight.

  • Vacuum the baking soda up in the morning.

Remove Odor from Hard Surfaces

  • Fill a spray bottle with white vinegar. White vinegar is a natural disinfectant that will neutralize odors.

  • Spray the white vinegar over hard surfaces in your home. Don't spray it on natural stone as it will etch the surface of the stone.

  • Wipe the vinegar up with a clean cloth.

Remove Odor from the Air

  • Fill a bowl with white vinegar.

  • Place the bowl in the center of the room that smells like cumin.

  • Let the bowl sit for several days until the white vinegar evaporates and the cumin smell is gone. It could take several weeks to completely remove the smell.

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