I hate when smells linger in the house. And since I cook quite a bit that can be a problem. Now nobody minds the residual scent of oatmeal cookies or homemade breads, but fish and bacon are another matter!
I combat smells with a couple of methods. First, I scrub all the pots and pans as soon as I have finished cooking. I pour the grease into an old can and take it to the outside trash can or if I am saving it to use later, I quickly put it in a lidded container.
Cleaning up the dishes, does not eliminate all of the odors, so I leave a jar with 1/2 cup baking soda with a 10 drops of essential oil hidden behind the blender on my kitchen counter. I replace the jar once a month. My method is very similar to this Easy Baking Soda Air Freshener by Smashed Peas and Carrots, but not nearly as cute! You would haven't to hide this container of air freshener!
When I want a more proactive air freshener, I add 12 drop of essential oil to 2 cups of water and spray a fine mist into the air. Stephnie of Keeper of the Home does something similar only she replace 1/2 cup of the water with vinegar. That makes sense to me because I use vinegar to remove odors from our laundry. You can find her Natural and Simple Air Freshener recipe here.
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