How to Get a Grease Smell Out

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Grease odor permeates and attaches itself to many surfaces, so creating a delicious home-cooked meal for your family can leave your home, smelling like a truck stop. This smell can last for days and reintroduce itself whenever items such as upholstery are disturbed, but a thorough airing out and cleaning will do the trick.

How to Get a Grease Smell Out
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Things You'll Need

  • Fans
  • White vinegar
  • Pot
  • HEPA filter air purifier
  • Spray bottle
  • Sponge or cloth
  • Baking soda
  • Vacuum
Step 1

Remove the grease odor by opening the windows to allow fresh air to fill your home. Help push the grease smell out of your home by running fans for several hours.

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Step 2

Pour 2 cups of white vinegar in a pot on your stove. The vinegar will absorb the grease odors from the air.

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Step 3

Run a HEPA filter air purifier. Air purifiers remove tiny particles -- such as odor -- from the air, leaving it cleaner and smelling better.

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Step 1

Pour white vinegar in a clean spray bottle and mist upholstery. Let the vinegar dry and -- if needed -- repeat the process until the odor is no longer apparent.

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Step 2

Dampen a clean sponge or cloth with white vinegar and gently wipe smelly walls. Let the walls air-dry.

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Step 3

Apply baking soda on carpet and let sit for several hours before removing the baking soda with your vacuum.

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Tips & Warnings

  • Prevent grease odors by using the vent above your stove when cooking.
  • Washing the greasy dishes and stove right after cooking, and removing the greasy trash will cut the odor in the kitchen dramatically.

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