How to Remove the Smell of Fish: From Dishes, Hands, Cutting Board and Refrigerator

You can get rid of the stubborn smell of fish with the available home remedies. Fish dishes are very nutritious and healthy, but have a significant disadvantage. The smell of raw fish is permanently absorbed into all materials and surfaces. No detergent will wash out this flavor, and even airing does not save it. The fish’s “aroma” on the cutting board or in the refrigerator can transfer to other products and spoil the food.

How to remove the smell of fish from dishes

The vinegar solution will help to remove the smell of fish from pans, kitchen utensils, pots, and other dishes. Dissolve 100 ml of common table vinegar in 1 liter of hot water. Put the fish-scented dishes in this solution and leave it for 15 minutes. Then rinse the dish with detergent.

How to remove the smell of fish from the cutting board

Lemon juice can help you get the smell of fish off your cutting board. Rub the board well with half a lemon and then rinse with hot water. You can also rub lemon juice on the board before you cut the fish – then the wood will not absorb the smell.

You can get the old fish smell out of the board with a used tea brew or mustard powder. Sprinkle these substances on the board, leave them for 10 minutes, and rinse the board.

How to get the smell of fish out of the refrigerator

To remove the fish smell from your refrigerator, unplug it and pull out all the food. Then wipe the walls, shelves, and refrigerator door with a baking soda solution: 4 tablespoons per 1 liter of warm water. Leave it for 30 minutes and wash the fridge with clean warm water.

How to get rid of the fish smell from skin and clothing

  • You can get rid of the smell of fish on your skin with lemon juice. Wipe your hands and fingers with the pulp of fresh lemon.
  • If the taste of fish remains in your mouth, chew parsley leaves.
  • Also, the fish taste in your mouth can be interrupted by fresh apples, citrus, or strawberries.
  • Clothing with a fishy smell is recommended to wash with laundry soap or soak in a vinegar solution.
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Written by Emma Miller

I am a registered dietitian nutritionist and own a private nutrition practice, where I provide one-on-one nutritional counseling to patients. I specialize in chronic disease prevention/ management, vegan/ vegetarian nutrition, pre-natal/ postpartum nutrition, wellness coaching, medical nutrition therapy, and weight management.

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