How To Get Rid of Fish Smell

How to Get Rid of Fish Smell in House

how to get rid of fish smell

Cinnamon Sticks

Simmering some cinnamon sticks in water on the stove is an easy way to get rid of the fish smell in a room after cooking. If you do not have sticks available, try simmering some dried cinnamon in a pot of water and throw in some other spices such as cloves or nutmeg. (Just make sure water does not boil completely out of pot.)


Frying your fish in Crisco as opposed to other frying oils will also help greatly reduce, if not completely eliminate, unwanted fish odors.


Febreze will work in many cases if the odor is not overly strong. Be sure to spray your stoves exhaust fan with the febreze as well. This will keep the odor from redistributing itself back into the room.


Soaking the fish in milk for about an hour before cooking will help greatly reduce the smell of the fish when cooking.

Neutralizing or Deodorizing Candles

Candles also work well for getting rid of the smell of fried fish in your home. There are specific odor neutralizing candles such as Fresh Wave Neutralizing Soy Candles or Clothesline Fresh Odor Exterminator candles that work perfectly for all smells in your home. In many cases however, candles you already have in your home might suffice. Vanilla candles and lemon scented candles seem to work the best for fish smells.

Odor Absorbing Splatter Screen

One of the most effective ways to prevent the fish smell from permeating the room in the first place is to use an odor absorbing splatter screen when frying your fish. These screens have activated carbon filters that absorb the fish odors during cooking. Just as important they also help keep the oil from splattering on stove tops. Farberware makes some highly recommended screens at a pretty reasonable price. They work well when frying other foods as well.

White Vinegar

White Vinegar works well in removing many odors from rooms (also see removing Cigarette Smoke Smell). Simply fill an open bowl with some white vinegar and leave it out on the counter overnight when you have finished cooking your fish. The smell is usually completely gone by the next day. If you cook fish often, you can fill a glass jar that has a screw top on it and reuse the same vinegar the next time around.

White Vinegar with Water

Another vinegar remedy you can try if you want to speed up the deodorizing process is to put a mixture of vinegar and water on the stove and let is simmer for fifteen or twenty minutes.

How to Get Rid of Fish Smell From Hands


Coffee is a great natural deordorizer and works well for removing the smell of fish from hands. Simply fill your hands with some damp coffee grounds (both used and unused will work) and rub hands together thoroughly for a minute or two. Then simply rinse hands under plain water.

Lemon Juice

Lemon Juice also works well for removing fish odor from hands. Pour a little lemon juice on hands and rub together well. Fish odor is all gone.


Listerine works well for removing the smell of fish from hands. Simply pour about one teaspoon of Listerine on hands and rub them together. Follow up by washing hands with soap and water.

Regular Toothpaste

To remove the smell of fish from your hands, simply apply a small squeeze of Colgate Regular Flavor Toothpaste into the palm of your hand, then rub hands together under some running water.

White Vinegar

A combination of white vinegar and water will help remove the fishy smell of fish but will not affect the fish’s flavor. Simply combine an equal part of white vinegar with water and let the fish soak in the mixture for 3 or 4 minutes.

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