Out of the Blue

There was a bad smell in the kitchen that took a couple of days of sniffing around before it was traced to an aging bag of potatoes in a cabinet that had ceased being food anymore. Emptying the cabinet and airing it out for a couple of days with bowl of baking soda inside may have helped some, but it's still unpleasantly stinky, so I'm looking to accelerate the process by investigating other suggestions for ways to absorb the stench. Of course one of the suggestions is that this can be accomplished using potatoes. Maybe I'll ignore the potential irony here and try that... it's like the old saying, set a thief to catch a thief.

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Retired wrote on Aug 19, 2015, 13:18:
The bag most likely leaked. I keep ours in the basement and only bring up a few at a time. It is surprising how fast potatoes go bad. The liquid that the things excrete is noxious. I would wipe the area with a bleach solution, then water.

I second this. Especially considering the heat and humidity that the east coast has been getting recently. If you're not comfortable using bleach where you'll store food then vinegar should suffice.

Another potential option that I haven't seen mentioned is a small bowl of vanilla, not sure if it really absorbs or just masks the odor but it's WAY more pleasant than rotten potato juice.

Something else I remember my mom doing back in the day was boiling yeast to get rid of (or at least overpower) smells. Our bathroom was connected to the kitchen and sometimes you just have the stomach flu and, well, NO ONE wants to smell diarrhea before or during mealtime (or pretty much ever).
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