Fish fried sometimes has awful smell inside the house.. how tø get rid of smell?

@Bebs08 (10691)
United States
October 29, 2009 12:00pm CST
In most houses in America, it leaves and awful smell inside the if you fry fish, specially dried fish? Oh No!!! it smells bad and it's hard to take off the smell. Most of their houses are close, windows, doors that's is why the smell of your cooking will just be inside. How do you usually get rid of the smell when you cook something? good in the tropical countries, their houses are open everywhere, so the smell not stay inside. What are the things we can do to eliminate the smell when frying fish? Just curious to know.
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@earth2jacq (1503)
• Philippines
30 Oct 09
Aromatherapy burner and Lysol Neutra Air - Some products to use to eliminate unwanted odors in the house.
Regular air freshener won't do the job. You can use an aromatherapy oil burner. You can burn bergamot oil, orange or lemon oil. Bergamot particularly smells good. Or you can use incense. Pine scent is ok as well. The area will smell clean. After frying the fish you can wet a rug using Lysol disinfectant to wipe the walls so the splattered oil won't stick on the walls. Recently I saw a new Lysol product called Neutra Air. I believe this product eliminates unwanted odors.
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@Bebs08 (10691)
• United States
30 Oct 09
Oh!!! aroma therapy oil burn? that is interesting!!! I would love to try it. thanks for sharing this.
• Philippines
31 Oct 09
you're welcome
@mrfdg1972 (3238)
• Philippines
29 Oct 09
I got this way back in My Chemistry CLass, How to get rid of odors, Just light one Matchstick, the smoke form the matchstick will eliminate odor, it may take two to three matchstick to get rid of foul ones.
@Bebs08 (10691)
• United States
29 Oct 09
Really? just match stick? the long one? I have seen match stick here that is like a foot long? am just wondering because most match stick is just like an inch long but anyway, I wonder if it really kick out the bad smell? thanks...
@mrfdg1972 (3238)
• Philippines
30 Oct 09
Yap thats the one, even the short one will do, whats important is the smoke that will come up at the tip when you light it. It contains like posphorus that will react to the chemical that is producing the foul odor.
@checapricorn (16076)
• United States
7 Nov 09
I open the doors and window while or after cooking and and use some freshener....It takes time to get rid but hubby has to deal with it, I can't help but to miss fried fish!
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@Bebs08 (10691)
• United States
10 Nov 09
Hi Che, At this time of year I can't open the door or window because it is cold here. I just use candle sometimes but then I discovered an effective way dealing with it. Vinegar let it boil with water don't cover it let the evaporation absorb the smell. It really works I tried it. Nice to see you here again. How are you now? Hope everything is fine with you.
@walijo2008 (4661)
• United States
5 Nov 09
I guess it depends on what kind of fish your frying but I've never had it leave a awful smell in my house, it always smells good to me. I guess you could light candles or something, or use some kind of air freshener.
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@Bebs08 (10691)
• United States
5 Nov 09
any kind of fish left a smell when you fry it. But vinegar is good to get rid of it.
• United States
30 Oct 09
You can burn a candle, that always helps.
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@Bebs08 (10691)
• United States
1 Nov 09
I did that too!! but I'm looking for something that is not much expensive. Well, candles are a bit expensive than vinegar right? somebody said vinegar is better I will try. I already tried candle sure it works...
• India
30 Oct 09
Opening the doors and windows seems to be the best bet…gradually the smell just goes away and you can of course spray some room freshener too! However, I don’t somehow like the combination of room freshener and fried fish smell…it kind of makes the air heavier and the odor just lingers on.
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@Bebs08 (10691)
• United States
30 Oct 09
I agree with your suggestion... it is good to open the windows and doors if I am in the tropical country now. here in US? this time of year is very cold and we are not opening our windows or doors at this time. During summer? we can do that but during this time of year it''s a no no to open the windows. it is very cold.
@sasalove (1710)
• China
30 Oct 09
Wow, it is really annoying for the try fish smell full of the house. The best way to get rid of the ordor is pushing the air to circulate otherwise no matter how you spray the frebreeze, air wick, oust or frangrance, it is useless. What is the worse, it will mix the smell full of complication, which is assumed to sofucate. Why can't you open the window to let the odor go outside? I am just curious for that. If it really can not, I suggest you to buy a air refresher to fix outside the window to help, then light an odor eliminator or put a lemon against the air outlet of the refresher. Hope that it could help and have a nice day.
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@Bebs08 (10691)
• United States
30 Oct 09
Oh no my friend sasalove, here in America in this time of year when it is very cold? you can not open the windows or doors of your house or else you will be frozen hehehe... I don't like the house to be cold by opening the windows. All are closed during cold days.. so the smell will be confined inside unless you will do something to eliminate them.
@riyasam (16582)
• India
30 Oct 09
i used to find it very cumbersome till a few years ago when a friend suggested i use the microwave for frying the fishes,now there is almost no smell.and also i have installed a exhaust fan.
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@Bebs08 (10691)
• United States
30 Oct 09
OH??? microwave for frying fish? I did not experience doing that yet. I might try next time. I don;t think the smell will be eliminated when yo use microwave because one time my friend re heat the fried fish in the microwave? still the smell is everywhere in the house.
• Philippines
30 Oct 09
Hi Bebs! In my house that is also my concern, so i had an exshaust fan installed in my kitchen which i turned on everytime i cook. I also cover the frying pan during cooking, especially when cooking dried fish. This minimizes the strong smell from spreading around the house. When i open the pan to check if the fish is already done i do it hurriedly to contain the smell. After cooking, i wipe the stove and the kitchen counter where the stove is with a rug soaked in dilluted dishwashing liquid. Wring it first, it must not be too wet. If the smell still stay, you may spray an air freshner.
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@Bebs08 (10691)
• United States
30 Oct 09
I agree with that 100 percent.. the dried fish smells so bad than the fresh fish when you fry them. It is really a pain on the neck hahaha... but that would be a good idea. Will try that necx time.
• Philippines
30 Oct 09
For me I think you can use as an alternative placing sliced lemons in the house. I think that helps to eliminate the odor without spending much on commercial sprays. Good day.
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@Bebs08 (10691)
• United States
30 Oct 09
that's right!! you have a point too.. thanks a lot.
@earth2jacq (1503)
• Philippines
30 Oct 09
Regular air freshener won't do the job. You can use an aromatherapy oil burner. You can burn bergamot oil, orange or lemon oil. Bergamot particularly smells good. Or you can use incense. Pine scent is ok as well. The area will smell clean. After frying the fish you can wet a rug using Lysol disinfectant to wipe the walls so the splattered oil won't stick on the walls. Recently I saw a new Lysol product called Neutra Air. I believe this product eliminates unwanted odors.
@Bebs08 (10691)
• United States
1 Nov 09
Oh? I never used lysol in eliminating the foul odor of the frying fish but some of my friends said, they are using it. But then there's no harm in trying.
@lindiebiz (1014)
• Canada
30 Oct 09
The best bet is to spray the room with air freshner, your stove may have an air vent turn it when cooking and so the smells goes out
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@Bebs08 (10691)
• United States
30 Oct 09
Oh really? I did not realize that air vent? Well, I am using the freshener..but still there are some bad odors left. Thanks very much.
• Brunei Darussalam
30 Oct 09
You can use charcoal just try to put at the corner of your kitchen counter were you usually do your cooking, or try to put exhaust fan at your kitchen.
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@Bebs08 (10691)
• United States
30 Oct 09
Oh!! I've never tired that charcoal, it might work too because charcoal can elminte bad odors. thanks for sharing that.
• United States
30 Oct 09
Not being a person that spends a lot of time in a kitchen, I still know how frying something will leave to an awful smell that gets trapped with the house. And fish is really bad about leaving a bad smell. However, if you mix vinegar and water in a bottle and spray it into the air, it does get rid of the odor. The aroma of the vinegar and water mixture isn't great to begin with but all of the smells will leave rather quickly once it is sprayed.
@Bebs08 (10691)
• United States
30 Oct 09
Oh!! really? That is another good tips.. I will try that.. at least I will not wait for a long time... to fry fish.. not waiting for summer so that I can cook outside and no more smell but thanks for the idea.
• Philippines
30 Oct 09
Simple, don't cook fried fish.lol nah, just kidding! When I used to live in CA with my boyfriend, I tried to cook dried fish as well and the smell really stank the whole area. So I ask my guy to open all the windows, switch on the electric fan(i'm glad he had that!) then sprayed lysol all over the area.
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@Bebs08 (10691)
• United States
30 Oct 09
Oh? that might work when it is not cold? but in this time of year that it is cold? I can;t just open the windows.. hahaha... But I want to eat fried fish? hehehe
@aseretdd (13712)
• Philippines
30 Oct 09
You can always use air freshener after frying the fish... that will help eliminate the smell... the kitchen in my apartment is at the very back and the space is open... so i do not have a problem with this... when i am frying fish... i just close the windows and door so that the smell won't enter the apartment...
@Bebs08 (10691)
• United States
30 Oct 09
Oh? good that your house has an open kitchen. Here in America we can not just open the windows or doors because it is cold. Good if it is summer time or spring because it is not cold and we can cook outside. But in this time of year, everything is close in the house and when we fry fish it will smell all over the house..
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@salonga (27266)
• Philippines
30 Oct 09
Yes, it does leave awful smell especially if the kitchen is not naturally ventilated. Well, I read somewhere that boiling lemon juice will help remove the bad smell. Try it my friend, I think it will be helpful because lemon is a good odor neutralizer. Also they say that leaving baking soda in open container to absorb the odor is also helpful.. I hope those tips will be helpful to you!
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@Bebs08 (10691)
• United States
30 Oct 09
Oh thanks my friend. Actually, I seldom buy lemon here but I have vinegar!! I think this will do too? yes, I have baking soda but I will use this for baking? hehehe...
• United States
29 Oct 09
When the weather does not permit me to just open the doors and windows to air out the house after cooking something that leaves an offensive odor, I usually use something like Frebreeze, Air Wick or Oust. These products eliminate odors and freshen the air. They don't just cover up or mask the smell with fragrance. If I am out of them, then I just wipe my counters with clorox wipes or I light an odor eliminator candle. These also help to reduce the smell significantly. A tip I learned a long time ago for getting the smell of onions or fish, etc., off of your hands when you cook is to rub salt or lemon on your hands and then wash them thoroughly with a scented soap. Works great for me every time.
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@Bebs08 (10691)
• United States
29 Oct 09
Oh really? wow!! this is something to try. Thanks for the tips.
@kykidd (6825)
• United States
29 Oct 09
There are a few things that you can spray that will help you to get rid of any smell in a household. You can spray Oust into the air, and it will help to get rid of those odors. You can spray Febreeze onto material, like sofas, loveseats, curtains and any other material and it will remove the odors. You can also burn candles, and they will help to make your house smell refreshed. Lysol has products to help remove odors from the air as well as sanitize them, in addition to their products that sanitize and get rid of germs. I hope this information is a bit helpful to you. It may also be helpful to quickly wash up the pans right after cooking, and to quickly wash up the dishes right after everyone is finished with dinner. However, no matter what you do, I am sure there will still be a bit of an odor leftover. Good luck to you in finding all kinds of new tricks!
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@Bebs08 (10691)
• United States
29 Oct 09
Oh thanks!! I am using spray of any kind but still the odor is there, it takes time to get rid of the whole thing. I was able to use candles too..but as what you said, there are still some remaining odors that could not be eliminated.