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How to Get Rid Of Cooking Smells

Pupster | Jan 15, 200504:19 PM     11

Fellow chowhounders,

I need your help. I have developed a funky smell in my apartment from my constant cooking that I can't seem to get rid of. Right now, my apartment has the musty odor of a deep fryer, so grease smell is the problem.

Some factors add to this situation:
1) I have an open kitchen. Actually, kitchen/dining room/living room is just one big room.
2) The exhaust fan is weak. My apartment is a rental -- there's nothing I can do about that fan.
3) Some of what I like to cook stinks. I like to fry stovetop: chicken fried steak, burgers, dumplings. I also ovenfry: tater tots, chicken nuggets, oven fried chicken. I also occasionally make curry and fish. Pretty harmless actually. It's not like I'm boiling offal or hoarding durians or something really foul.
4) It's the dead of winter. Opening the window in sub-zero temperatures is an extreme last resort.

Now I have read all the previous postings on getting rid of smells and have tried most of them:
-baking soda boxes spread throughout room
-ditto bowls of white vinegar
-liberal spraying of Oust and Lysol as well as plug-in air stinkers
-scented candles lit for hours
-obsessive vacuuming, dusting and wiping
-immediate washing of all cooking materials after stinky food items are made and eaten. Stove completely wiped down and deodorized/bleached.
-baking yummy smelling items, like bread, cookies, and cakes. The yummy smell dissipates quickly, leaving behind same musty grease smell.

I don't want to have to compromise my cooking appetites, but I also want to have a fresh smelling abode. Any more suggestions?

P.S. Yes, I am a clean person (if you were wondering). I clean the apartment constantly. Yet the smell remains. (It's not an offensive smell, just musty and not the pristine April fresh smell I desire.)

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