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8 simple tips to prevent food from smelling in summer


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The summers in India are hot, humid and long. It’s a season when due to heat we really don’t feel like eating. But we can’t stop cooking. Food has to be prepared and food waste of vegetable and fruits peels and seeds will be there. Food waste when exposed to hot and humid weather, decomposes fast and become a playground for germs. Summer is the perfect time for germs and bacteria to grow and spread diseases. Decomposed food waste also causes bad odour which spreads fast in the room causing a stinking smell which if not checked promptly becomes unbearable.

Summers are the time to learn some quick tips for waste food management to bring in healthy summer for your home and family. Today we have come up with 8 very basic tips to keep your home fresh and germ-free during the long Indian summers. Have a look!

1. Zip up the odour

Zipper bag is very effective in preventing food odour in the kitchen. Put the food waste in it a zip it tight. Zipper bags can be recycled or washed and used again and again, so it doesn’t harm the environment.

2. Baking soda: Natural saviour

Baking soda which is easily available in every home is very useful in treating food waste. Sprinkle some baking soda on newspaper or plastic bag and keep it at the bottom of the dustbin before throwing the garbage in it. The acidic property of food waste is neutralized by the alkaline nature of soda thus preventing decomposition and stench. After throwing the garbage, cleaning of the dustbin becomes easy with soda sprinkled in it.

​3. The leaves of green tea

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Tannin and chlorophyll of green tea has deodorizing power and can absorb bad odour from its surrounding. Sprinkle tea leaves, tea bags or even powered tea leaves in the dustbin or garbage bag with food waste and in fact you can smell the difference or odour disappearing. If you are love your green tea, throw the used tea in the garbage and enjoy the clean odour-free kitchen.

​4. Neat alcohol mixed with water

Prevent the smell of food waste and germs to germinate on it with alcohol and water. Though it may sound weird but actually the strong smell of alcohol and its properties can come as a rescue when you have no other option left than to leave the food waste in the dustbin overnight or even for the day. Mix water and alcohol in 3:1 ratio and sprinkle it on the garbage. Now enjoy your peaceful night and throw the garbage in the morning.

​5. Cleaning it with bleach

BELLEZEA, NAMBIAR BUILDERS, SARJAPUR, BANGALORE. (  Kitchen by De Panache  - Interior Architects
De Panache —Interior Architects


De Panache - Interior Architects

Cleaning kitchen with bleach can remove any residual food waste and odour from kitchen to make it sparkling clean. It also has a magical power to absorb the smell and keep the atmosphere odour-free. You can also sprinkle bleaching powder on the dustbin or garbage bag before throwing the waste. It will absorb moisture and odour from the waste.

​6. Vinegar, a popular cleaning agent

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Vinegar is mainly acetic acid and acetic acid is an effective cleaning agent. Apart from checking the growth of bacteria and fungi, vinegar can also prevent the decaying of food and foul smell. Pour a small amount of vinegar over food waste and let it do its work.

​7. Fragrance of orange

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AT The Studio

Industrial style apartment

AT The Studio

Don’t treat it as yet another food waste! Save that orange peel after eating the flesh of oranges and it will keep your home fragrant fresh. Dry the peels and store it in a can. Everyday keep a little amount of peel on the floor of the clean dustbin. Now put as much of waste food you can over the orange peels. Thanks to the flavonoid in the orange, the fresh fragrance of orange will spread all over suppressing the other odours.

​8. The humble newspaper

 Newspaper can absorb moistures, the main reason why the germs germinate on the waste products or smells. Wrap the fruit or vegetable peels or any waste foods in newspaper before throwing in the bin. You can also line the dustbin with newspaper before you start using it for the day. The difference will be noteworthy.

Get some cleaning tips for spotless kitchen: 11 cleaning tips for a spotless kitchen

Do you have any other tips to keep the kitchen clean and odour-free during summers? Please share with us in the comments below.
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