Tip to rid house of bacon smell after frying?

  • Posted by: Jo-ell
  • August 25, 2013


TRISH M. July 12, 2015
This drives me nuts, too. Here's what I do: 1. Close off other rooms before you cook. 2. Run your vent hood the entire time. 3. Use medium or low heat, to keep the drippings from smoking while the bacon cooks (even in the microwave). 4. Add a little Clorox or Lysol when you wipe down the kitchen afterward, and that'll tame the airborne bacteria. You can also spray a touch of disinfectant around your air return louvers. Don't use Febreeze or any other perfumed products that don't contain a bacteriostatic.
SMSF August 26, 2013
I don't have great cross ventilation, but I discovered that my range hood filters were holding onto a lot of the bacon aroma and prolonging the smell in the house. If you have removable/washable filters, wash them post bacon-cooking (preferably in the dishwasher) and that may help as well. It works for me.
WileyP August 26, 2013
...Guess I just have the windows and doors open up here in the mountains too much to get the stale part!
HalfPint August 26, 2013
It's a problem for anyone in an apartment or dwelling with little to no windows (that open) :)
WileyP August 26, 2013
You've got some good answers now, so I won't try to outdo them with thoughts of pressure washers and such. My question is...Why in the world do you want to get ride of the wonderful smell of bacon? Perhaps you are a vegan with a nasty secret! To me, ridding the house of bacon's heavenly aroma would be like wanting to rid the house of the smell of baking chocolate chip cookies!
HalfPint August 26, 2013
@WileyP, bacon aroma on Day 1, great. Bacon aroma (stale) on Day 3(& beyond), not that great.
HalfPint August 26, 2013
In addition to wiping down the surfaces on and near the stove, I would also wash (if possible) all cloth-based things like table cloth, kitchen towels, sponges. You can wash or Febreze any curtains in the kitchen.
savorthis August 26, 2013
Funny- I have only once wished to get rid of the smell of bacon in my house and that is after cooking up a big batch of Benton's that we were gifted. It was more like a campfire than just bacon aroma which is a welcome smell to me!
boulangere August 26, 2013
Oh yeah, baking it in the oven is the only way to go! It shrinks less and "fries" evenly.
SKK August 25, 2013
I agree with Pegeen regarding fixing bacon in the oven. I have an electric oven, and roasting bacon is not the way to go. I bake it at 350 for about 45 minutes to prevent splatters. Also, the bacon odor is from the bacon fat that has splattered.
You can open all the doors and windows you want, and the fat is heavier. Wipe down all surfaces.
lloreen August 25, 2013
I have started doing bacon in the microwave (heresy, I know.) You put it between MANY layers of paper towels and slowly cook until crisp. It actually keeps the splatter and the smell from being too overwhelming. Of course, this is only a good method if you don't intend to use the bacon fat to cook something else. It all gets absorbed by the paper towels.
Pegeen August 25, 2013
I find there’s a little less smell when roasting it in the oven. (I always turn on the exhaust fan too.) I like to use a thin wire rack on a baking sheet but you can skip the wire rack. Roast at 400 F for about 10 minutes. Check halfway through to see if one side of the pan is cooking more quickly than the other, rotate baking sheet if necessary. Drain on paper towels.

After that, all you can do is open the windows!
amysarah August 25, 2013
This is how I do bacon too. I came to oven method late in life, but it's great, especially when making bacon for several people - all done at the same time, evenly crisp.

Inversely, I recently saw a bacon scented candle in a shop...very odd. For pretending to cook breakfast? For masochists on a diet?
Rebecca V. August 25, 2013
Also ventilation fan on and windows open during and after frying. Try boiling some cinnamon and cloves? Good luck!
bigpan August 25, 2013
Febreeze !
Rebecca V. August 25, 2013
Too late for this time, but splatter screens are great! I learned the hard way.
Merrill S. August 25, 2013
Other than opening all the windows/doors and getting a cross-breeze going, I don't know of anything. Would love to know if others have tips for this too!
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