Weekend Dinner Party Woes (3)

How to get rid of the eau de ashtray in your kitchen

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Many of us like a drink, but some guests may leave some unexpected hangers on if they’re smokers. Yes, we’re talking about the terrible odour of smoke, which is not something that many of us welcome when venturing downstairs in the morning to face innumerable dishes. Even after the general clear up is done, this smell lingers to haunt many a sore head. Of course, another cause of an unwelcome BBQ smell is overcooking that steak you planned to be the ‘piece de resistance’ of dinner – don’t worry, it happens to all of us!

But there’s no need to put up with this, here’s some excellently simple solutions to eradicate the smell and freshen up your eating area to remove the traces of the night before.

1. The Catch All: brilliant Bicarbonate of Soda

Lightly sprinkle chairs or sofas with some bicarb, allow it to sit for a few hours and then vacuum off.

2. The Air Freshener Approach

This deodoriser will firmly dismiss any persistent smells, all using products from your kitchen cupboard!

Simply take 500ml of hot water and dissolve 2 tablespoons of bicarb in it, and add 120ml lemon juice for a citrusy odour. This will leave your living space smelling crisp and fresh!

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3. Versatile Vinegar

Get a shallow bowl and fill 3/4 full with white or cider vinegar. Place in the room where the smell is concentrated and leave for 12 hours. By the end of the day, the smell should be gone

If yesterday’s party frock/favourite shirt is scented with a less than flavoursome odour, then mix 200ml vinegar with a bath of hot water. Close the door and hang the clothes able the steam and this should remove the smell.

With all these solutions, we guarantee at least one of them will be able to rid your dining room of its unpalatable smell – whether it be from culinary error or a chain-smoking relative!

Happy Gleeming x