6 effective ways to deal with food odors in an open studio apartment


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one Open the window during and after cooking

In a small studio, the smells from the stove and oven quickly spread throughout the apartment — even if you have a good hood. Therefore, open the window during cooking and ventilate the entire room immediately after you have finished eating. Ideally, create a draft, but in the studio it is not so easy to do this. If possible, in parallel with the window, open the front door for 10-15 seconds — this will help to quickly replace most of the air volume. Without regular ventilation, the smell will settle on textiles and wallpaper, which is not so noticeable while you are at home, but is immediately felt when you enter the apartment from the street.


2 Reduce the amount of textiles

All fabrics absorb odors very well. Therefore, in the studio it is better to refuse hooks with outerwear in the hallway — jackets and coats can be saturated with strong odors in one evening. Also replace floor-to-ceiling curtains with roller blinds that are easy to clean with a regular sponge. It is also better not to lay a carpet in the dining area — or at least choose a model with a short pile.

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3 Clean equipment regularly

Even when cooking is over, oil splashes on the stove and in the oven continue to smell a little. To save time cleaning, buy a spray cleaner for kitchen surfaces and appliances. It takes a couple of minutes to apply and wipe off with a clean sponge, and the air in the kitchen area will become noticeably cleaner. Dust settling inside the hood also collects odors, so do not forget to periodically remove the grate and wipe the filters.


four Use interior scents

Before you start cooking, turn on the aroma lamp or spray some interior perfume in the relaxation area. If you follow all the previous points, the smell of food in the apartment will be minimal, and a pleasant aroma will easily drown it out. If you prefer natural methods, place a couple of small bowls of coarse salt on your bedside table or chest of drawers. It absorbs odors well, and if you drop orange or lemon juice into it, a light natural aroma will soar in the air. Another option is to divide the bowls with freshly ground coffee or coffee beans. It will block unpleasant odors and will cheer you up with an invigorating aroma.


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5 Wipe the walls once a season

Odors settle on the walls, so it is advisable to clean them too. It is enough to do this once every 3-4 months — and be sure to find out in advance which cleaning method is suitable for your finish. Most coatings can not be rubbed — only a mild soapy solution and a soft sponge can be used.


6 Wipe the dust more often

Dust is not only harmful to health, but also collects food odors. Therefore, do not forget to regularly wipe all horizontal surfaces with a damp cloth. Pay special attention to the space around the stove, and also do not forget about the baseboard, moldings and cornices. Once a season, you should take a stepladder and wipe the dust on the top surface of the cabinets and refrigerator.


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