There's nothing like home cooking, however, some ingredients, like onions, leave behind lingering odors. While there are plenty of odor removing products on the market, many of them contain chemicals that harm more than help. If you're prone to allergies or sensitivities try these all natural scent removing alternatives, and ditch the commercial chemicals.

Short-term Solutions

The simplest method to reduce any pungent odor is to fill a small bowl with vinegar and set it on the kitchen counter or on top of the refrigerator. You can also take cinnamon sticks, cloves and, orange peels, or cloves and simmer them on a stove top or place them on a baking sheet in the oven, set to low heat.

Tip: If you have the spices in the oven and still aren't getting relief from the unpleasant odor, crack the oven door and allow the smells to waft into the air.

Long-term Solutions

For long-term deodorizing in the cool months, you can make a sweet smelling homemade sachet. Fill a fine mesh bag or a section of pantyhose with whole cinnamon, cloves or any other aromatic scents of your choosing. Seal the bag or tie off the ends of the pantyhose and place your homemade sachet inside a heating vent. When the heat comes on, the aroma will fill the air.

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Meg Jernigan

Meg Jernigan has been writing for more than 30 years. She specializes in travel, cooking and interior decorating. Her offline credits include copy editing full-length books and creating marketing copy for nonprofit organizations. Jernigan attended George Washington University, majoring in speech and drama.