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sweaty 06-26-2009 07:57 PM

Remove Burnt Smell From House
We neglected to turn off the oven before we left home, cooking a pizza for 5 hours at 500 degrees. We got back and had a nice, solid black discus waiting for us, along with a house full of smoke.

We aired out the house, but still have that smoky residue in the air. How do we get rid of it? Are there health issues from breathing this smell? We have three little boys and two of them have asthma.

rjordan392 06-26-2009 08:37 PM

I suggest you go over to "" for health issues first and get a medical opinion. The burnt smell could last for weeks or longer. To speed things up, you may need to sponge mop ceilings and walls, shampoo furniture and rugs, have draperies cleaned. The clothing thats in closets or stored away should be checked also. Get up close and use your nose to determine where the strongest smells are coming from and start there.

Or you might be covered by your fire insurance policy and if so, then there are pro's who specialize in smoke damage. You did not have visable flame as far as you know but the pizza was burning and you have smoke damage. Call your insurance agent or prepare for a lot of cleanup by yourselves.

Ron6519 06-27-2009 03:21 PM

The burnt smell is on and in everything it touched. You will need to clean all the hard surfaces and wash/dry clean all the fabric sufaces, including all the carpets.

Willie T 06-27-2009 05:16 PM

START HERE if you have no insurance coverage. My brother in law made a fortune hiring "rent-A-drunks", and doing this for a living through insurance companies.

sweaty 06-28-2009 09:24 AM

Will the smell fade away on its own? The smells from cooking odorous food and from painting fade away.

Ron6519 06-28-2009 11:51 AM


Originally Posted by sweaty (Post 294072)
Will the smell fade away on its own? The smells from cooking odorous food and from painting fade away.

Maybe, but I doubt it. What will happen is that you will get used to the smell and think it has dissipated. Ask a friend or relative that is visiting if they can still smell it in a few weeks. That will be the test.

sweaty 06-29-2009 09:33 PM

Boiling vinegar and cleaning the oven did the trick. Thanks for your input.

jacksbird19 01-30-2011 04:23 PM

Boiling pot of homemade vegetable soup for 5.5 hours!
HELP - two weeks ago, I mistakenly left a pot of veg soup boiling while I casually went to the hairdressers and into town shopping! Came home and what a smell and smoke hit me! I tried all the white vinegar and bread things and have lost count of the number of Yankees I have burned since then. The smell is still here - what should I do? Any suggestions....:(

operagost 01-31-2011 12:26 PM

I assume you've already tried the other suggestions?

Mrdippy 01-31-2011 02:20 PM

Re-painting walls could help, using chemical erasure cleaning pads might help clean soot/residue. The vinegar idea you have already.. Maybe steam clean carpets. If it needs professional help I think this would be covered under most homeowners policies - perhaps you'll need to describe it as an accidental stovetop fire to get coverage.

noquacks 01-31-2011 05:27 PM

I used to work in Fire Damage Restoration in CT. I am now a chemist.

Odors will fade away, cuz oxidation effect from simply "airing out" the house. Odors are organic compounds that are sensitive to oxygen, thereby rendering them eventually odor free. Could take 2 months. Be patient, unless kids asthma is a big issue, of course. (Thats why the oregano you buy in the store, prepacked, smells like bland nothing, compared to the fresh oregano one picks off a bush. Air got to it, and Durkee sells it anyway, cuz no alternative.)

Now, we used to wash down woodwork with Dirtex, which is mostly sodium carbonate (I didnt know that when I was a painter...LOL).

We used Dirtex powder in solution and spongen down surfaces......very time consuming, on woodwork, but in the early 70's, people worked for a living without complaining.

On walls filled with black carbon from fires, we washed them down, then coated with 2 coats of BIN ethanol based sealer. NOTHING ELSE WILL WORK!!!!!!!! Also, 1 coat of BIN on woodwork/casings. Respirator a MUST.

Smoke is a challenge. Oh, nothing will dissolve carbon, BTW. Scraping is it.

jacksbird19 01-31-2011 07:16 PM


Originally Posted by operagost (Post 581802)
I assume you've already tried the other suggestions?


MagicalHome 02-02-2011 07:29 PM

Thank God that nothing disastrous happen while you were all away. Thank God that you still have a house to disinfect and clean. Have a blessed lunar new year!

When we burnt food, we just let the air out for a few days. Proper ventilation will do the trick.

Red Squirrel 02-02-2011 07:44 PM

I was going to say blame it on the pizza delivery guy, but it's not delivery, it's delissio!

Be glad it's just smoke damage you are dealing with though. I would see if the insurance can help. Even if they can't, get a few quotes from pro cleaning people and decide if it's worth your time or not to do it yourself. Sounds like it could be a tedious job.

wannagotohawaii 02-29-2012 12:20 PM

I did the exact same thing on Feb 27!!!

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