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How to eliminate Curry smell?

Cooking Indian curries leaves lingering smell in the house. Some find the odor offensive

Indians grow up in the house where curry is being cooked and sort of become immune to it. But what about British visitors, who may find it offensive? It may be difficult to find a buyer for the house just because of the smell of curry.

 

What causes curry smell?

It is not the cooked curry that causes the smell in the house. The smell is caused by cooking the curry itself. To make curry, the spices (such as cumin seeds) are fried in the hot oil or clarified butter. The spices release fat soluble essential oils having spice specific aroma. The heat creates odorous vapors consisting of essential oils. These vapors get absorbed by clothing, upholstery, curtains, carpets, wall paper, and the dry walls. The oily nature of the smell carrier makes it difficult to remove by ordinary air fresheners

 

How to control curry smell for an evening?

If you are giving a party, give yourself about 3 hours to control the curry smell.

1. Take a shower. Rub a slice of lime or lemon to your face and hands. Lime is an acid and acts like a solvent to get rid of essential oils responsible for smell. Now, wash your face and hands with soap and water. The exposed skin has the deposits of odorous curry vapors from cooking.

2. Change your clothes. Do not wear the clothes that were used while cooking

3. Buy a bottle of FeberezeŽ super strength fabric refresher. Spray walls, carpet, curtain to almost damp. It will dry out in about two hours eliminating most of the odors. FaberzeŽ only provides a temporary solution for an evening.

4. Bring a pot with 2 two cups of water a boil. Add either Kewra (Screwpine) leaves, or Vanilla beans. Let it simmer for about one hour filling the area with the sweet flavors

5. Make a pot of coffee using actual ground beans. The aroma of fresh coffee brew will help camouflage the curry odors

 

How to eliminate curry smell for about a week?

If you are expecting a guest to stay for a few days, following approach may be helpful.

1. In a pot add 3 cups of white vinegar, one cup of water and 6 sticks of Cinnamon. Let it come to a boil. Turn down heat to a simmer. Keep away from the cooking vinegar, it will irritate your eyes. Let it simmer for about 4 hours. Make sure pot does not go dry. The house will be filled with Vinegar vapors. Vinegar is an acid and acts like a solvent to the essential oils deposited.

2. Wash down walls and other areas with a solution of vinegar and water (One cup of water, Two Tablespoons of white vinegar). Keep your windows open to let the house air dry.

3. Buy an electric odor-eater or smoke-eater. These units basically generate ozone. When frying Masala in oil, turn on the electric odor eater.

 

How to eliminate Curry smell to sell the house?

You will need about two weeks to prepare the house

1. Change all the air filters. Remove and discard curtains, and other upholstered furniture.

2. Wash all the surfaces with Vinegar solution (One cup of water, Two Tablespoons of white vinegar). Spray the carpet, and walls to a damp. Keep the windows open to let the house air-dry.

3. Buy 'Live Microbial Agent' sold at most of the hardware stores. Prepare a spray with equal amount of water. The Microbial agents have a live bacteria that eats odors. Spray the entire house with the live microbial agent (ceilings, walls, carpets, furniture and equipments). Keep the windows open to let the house air-dry for 2 days. Repeat this process 4 more times

4. Paint the house. Add two Tablespoons of vanilla extract to every gallon of paint.

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