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Some great friends of ours cooked us an amazing meal in our home three nights ago. The meal included gourmet french fries cooked in a home use deep fryer. While the fries were outstanding the lingering smell three days later is not. The trash is long gone as is the deep fryer, but the smell still remains. We have throughly cleaned the countertop and surrounding area. Additionally, we have been lighting scented candles in and around the kitchen since the morning after the meal to no avail. The smell is definitely less, but upon leaving and returning home the scent hits you when you walk in the door.

How do I eliminate the lingering smell of fried food? My wife and I have never used an indoor deep fryer is this just part of the deal of home frying?

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Use the fryer outside! – TFD Dec 31 '12 at 22:48
@TFD hindsight is always twenty-twenty. :) – ahsteele Jan 1 '13 at 0:58

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Was the deep fryer below anything? Cabinet, Vent Hood? Those areas could be probably be cleaned to help.

This happens to me in my house when I fry up bacon. The only solution is fresh air and ventilation. I open a couple of windows, get a nice cross-breeze and it should dissipate over a couple of hours.

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+1 Ventilation is the key. Micro-droplets of oil get deposited everywhere from deep frying, so unless you're willing to scrub the ceilings and walls of the entire kitchen, the only solution is ventilating. – Carey Gregory Jan 1 '13 at 0:42
@CareyGregory tomorrow when it is a bit warmer will be opening up the windows. – ahsteele Jan 1 '13 at 0:59

I had the same problem, googled and found these solutions:

Dab a little vanilla extract on light bulbs when they are off. Once turned on the heat will cause the smell of vanilla to spread in the house and get rid of the smell of fried food..

Or you may try boiling citrus peels or boil cloves (whole/ground). Air fresheners also work.

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We'd really prefer things that you know will work - have you tried all these things? It sounds like they'll mostly cover up the smell until it fades, and it'll fade a lot faster if you just ventilate well like Jacob's answer suggests. – Jefromi Mar 22 '13 at 12:16

Boil cinnamon sticks in water or tea

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You might want to expand on your answer. Give a little evidence/thory or a more complete method. – Doug Dec 1 '14 at 7:22

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