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Smells like Clean Spirit

This simple two-minute trick will rid your kitchen of bad smells
Cinnamon Sticks
Photo: TALMADGEBOYD via Flickr

Cinnamon can do a lot more than just spice up your oatmeal; it can also be a lifesaver for when your kitchen smells less than appetizing.

If you roasted a particularly rank fish or have been stewing a crock of sauerkraut for a week, the resulting smells can be somewhat suffocating—especially when you have a tiny kitchen. To remedy any unwanted odors, turn to your spice drawer. Simply boil a few cinnamon sticks for two minutes and then turn the heat to low and let the warm, spiced scent waft through your home; turn the heat off once the pleasant smells take over. It's a stupid-simple trick that works wonders.

Even if you didn't annihilate your olfactory glands with a cooking experiment, you can still use this trick to make your house smell like an autumn dream year-round.

Bonus tip: Take preventive action for garbage smells by storing old bits of scented candle wax in the bin. Just don't light them on fire.

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