Sunday, January 13, 2013

Removing the Smell of Cumin?

One of the cabinets in my new kitchen (I only have two nice ones for glasses and such) has the strongest smell of cumin I have ever smelled in it except for the Starbucks at Crosswoods that sits next to an Indian restaurant and makes me gag every time I go in, but that is a whole other story.

I have tried

  • 50/50 white vinegar/water solution
  • sitting a cup of vinegar in the cabinet with the doors shut over night
  • bleach spray
photo by mapleeye on Flickr

It is horrible guys and I have no idea what to do, it is like it has permeated the cabinets. We can't even put anything in the cabinet because it comes out smelling so bad. Any ideas?


  1. I worked across from that Starbucks and went through the drive through ALL the time. Sometimes the back door of the Indian restaurant was open right next to the Menu you order starbucks at, and it was horrible, especially when I was pregnant and morning sick!

    1. Glad to hear I'm not the only one that thought it was off the charts!!

  2. Can you get your hands on activated charcoal? If so, put that in the cupboard with door closed for 3-4 days. If not, you could try baking soda in a bowl. You may need to sand the interior walls of the cupboard, then brush on a sealer. We had to do this before.

    1. I'm guessing it would not be easy to find, or translate to try to find. Off to Google what it actually is, I've never heard of activated charcoal.

      Would you make a baking soda paste, or just the dry baking soda?

      Unfortunately the cabinets aren't real wood, I'm guessing they are similar to Ikea type plastic stuff so I don't think I can sand them, and the smell is worse at this point in the front, the front is glass sliders, and of course I can't get them out. *sigh*

    2. Oh, well shoot! A paste might be a good thing, then.