It’s your first time trying to make a Christmas lunch for more than 20 people. This isn’t your forte but you have to pull it off somehow. You have four burners going, and now you’ve burnt the sauce on the back burner because you forgot to reduce the heat.

Now you’re wondering, what gets rid of burnt smell in a house? You could use the age-old vinegar trick (always keep a bottle in your kitchen, it’s very handy for a lot of things). You can also use ground coffee or baking soda. These are some of the home recipes that can reach for and fix a burnt food smell in a hurry. 

In this article, we take a look at some of those ways and more. A burnt smell in the house can be the result of burning food, or perhaps someone burning rubble outside. There are so many potential causes, most of which you do not have much control over.  Let’s dive in, shall we?

Ordered list

  • Vinegar 
  • Brad and vinegar
  • Baking soda
  • Ground coffee
  • Over the counter products
  • Open the windows
  • Turn on a fan or air purifier
  • Onion water
  • Bake cinnamon sugar and butter
  • Essential oil
  • Use air freshener
  • Lemon water spray

Expanded list

Some of the ways to get rid of a burnt smell in a house may seem very obvious, whilst others may be pretty far from your mind. 


Vinegar is one of those ingredients that almost every kitchen has, or should have. It has a strong odor which helps get rid of other strong smells such as the smell of smoke. it helps neutralize bad smells. You can mix one tablespoon of white vinegar with half a cup of water. 

Bread and vinegar

You can also use vinegar to get rid of the burnt smell, by placing 2 cups of vinegar in a pan filled with water. Boil the two and then add bread. When it is soaked, you can remove the bread and put it on a plate to soak up odors in the air.

Baking soda

Baking soda has properties that help get rid of bad odors especially kitchen smells. You can out the soda in containers mixed with water, and place them in the rooms with the burnt smell. It will quickly absorb the odors.

Ground coffee

Ground coffee is good for more than just a dose of caffeine. It can help dispel bad smells such as burnt smells in your home. Place it in a bowl and let it absorb the bad smells.

Over the counter products

There are over the counter products that can be sprayed or wiped onto surfaces to reduce the smell of burning in a room. The issue with these is that you may not always have it on hand when you need to get rid of the bad smell. 

Open the windows

Whilst this may seem simple it can be very effective in letting out the smell of burning. That’s if the smell is coming from inside the house. If it is coming from outside the house, this is not the best route to take.

Turn on a fan or air purifier

You can also clear the air by turning on a fan, or an air purifier. The advantage of a good air purifying system is that it can filter bad odors out of the air. However this is not an immediate solution, you would have to already have the purifier or fan to turn them on.

Onion water

You can also get rid of the bad burnt smell in a kitchen, by cutting up an onion and putting the slices in a bowl of water. Place the bowl in the room where the burnt smell is. the strong onion smell will mask the burnt smell odor

Bake cinnamon sugar and butter

Who doesn’t love the smell of baking right?! You can get rid of burnt smells in your house, by masking it with the smell of cinnamon sugar and butter. All you need to do is to put the ingredients on a  baking sheet in an oven preheated at 200˚ f. The sweet smell will fill the home. 

Essential oil

Another recipe that you could try to get rid of a burnt smell in the house, is mixing three-quarters of a cup of water, two tablespoons of vodka, rubbing alcohol, and fifteen to twenty drops of an essential oil of your choice. I like the smell of citrus oils such as orange. Place the mixture in a spray bottle and spray around the home.

Use air freshener

This is another store-bought option that you can use to get rid of the burnt smell. Different cans and manufacturers use technologies that target certain smells and odors. 

Lemon water spray

You can cut lemons or oranges and put them in a spray bottle. Top it up with water and use the mixture as a will help get rid of odors such as burnt smells.

How can I get the burnt smell out of my microwave?

The microwave can be a difficult one to get a burnt smell out of. But it is not impossible. Place a bowl of water, mixed with vinegar in the microwave. Boil it for about 15 minutes, then let it sit in there with the door closed. Let the steam cling to the inside of the microwave. This process will help eliminate the bad odor in the microwave. You can then wipe down the inside of the microwave. by this time the smell should be gone. 

One last thing

Burnt smells in the home can be quite annoying. The need to quickly get rid of it often leads people to try out different solutions. Some more conventional than others. It helps to know what has caused the smell so that you can deal with it properly. Also, remember to get rid of the source of the burnt smell. This will help as you use your chosen method to get rid of the burnt smell.

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