How to get rid of curry smell in your house

Most South Asian households have a huge problem with the lingering smell of curry from when they cook.

Their clothes, hair and homes stink of Indian spices.

If you ever sit beside someone who regularly cooks with curry in a bus, plane or a train, the smell is often so offensive that you cannot take it.

How to get rid of curry smell in your house

  • A friend said don’t cook with curry
  • Go out and eat at a restaurant to fulfill your cravings
  • Close the bedroom doors
  • Open the windows while cooking and air out your house often
  • Wear clothes to cook in, that you will change after cooking
  • If you are not going to wash your hair, cover it
  • Burn incense, light scented candles or use air fresheners like Febreeze
  • Put a pot of hot water on the stove with coffee beans, cinnamon or vinegar while you are cooking
  • There are special, powerful exhaust fans that you can get and carbon air filters used by marijuana growers to eliminate the strong smell of the pot plants
  • Close the kitchen door, if possible
  • Avoid an open concept kitchen environment, when buying a house
  • Wear cologne or perfume, after cooking
  • Be cautious of the fact that your house or clothing may smell
  • Ask a close friend, if your clothes, hair or home smells
  • Close the door of your main floor closet where the jackets are hanging

In Indian cooking, the smell of onions frying is one of the most pungent smells. Try instead to fry a big batch of onions, and keep it in the fridge to limit the number of times you stink up the house with this smell.

We become so immune to the curry smell in our house, curry smell in our clothes and curry smell in our hair that we don’t even realize it.


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