The apple in the oven trick to say goodbye to unpleasant smells

baked apple

How to use an apple in the oven to eliminate bad odors?

One of the appliances we use most at home is the oven. It often happens, however, that we cook foods and ingredients that are a little too “smelling” and tend to leave a bad smell in the oven. Sure, maybe we clean the oven immediately after , but that smell doesn’t want to come away.

Which is not good: not only could the smell from the oven spread to the rest of the kitchen and the house , but also the next dishes we are going to put in the oven could take on a less than pleasant scent.

Since after using the oven it is good practice to leave it open for a while to air it, this is where the apple in the oven trick comes into play. Take an apple , cut it into slices and place it on a baking tray lined with baking paper.

cut apple

Place the pan in the oven and turn it on at a temperature of 180 degrees. Leave everything in the oven for a quarter of an hour and then turn off the appliance. In theory, the cooked apple will have absorbed the odors and the oven will have smelled good again.

If you don’t have an apple available, you can try using citrus peels . The procedure is similar to before, except that instead of the apple you will place orange or lemon peels on the baking paper. The oven must always be turned on at 180 degrees, while the pan must remain in the oven for 20-25 minutes. And now the peels will have neutralized the bad smells. Plus, by doing this you will also have a nice scent throughout the house.

The same thing is done by placing stale bread soaked in vinegar on the baking paper . In this case you will have to preheat the oven to 180 degrees for 15 minutes before placing the bowl with the bread and wine inside, but this time leaving the oven off for one night. The next morning just open the oven, remove the bowl and leave the door open for at least an hour.


If you don’t have bread, prepare a solution with white wine vinegar (or lemon juice) and water. Pour it into a spray bottle and spray on the inside walls of the oven, including the glass and grill. Leave on for two hours and then rinse everything off with a sponge.

Finally, you can also prepare a paste based on water and bicarbonate of soda to use it on the walls of the oven, leaving it to act for 5-10 minutes and then rinsing everything well. Baking soda also eliminates bad odors.