How to Remove the Smell of Wild Salmon

How to Remove the Smell of Wild Salmon
Although wild salmon seldom smells as fishy as most other fish, if left to linger for even a short time in a garbage bin, refrigerator or kitchen, the smell can grow to be stomach turning. While it is often instinctual to begin spraying the malodorous area with an air freshener, this seldom kills the smell long term, because fish smells often permeate large areas. To permanently remove the smell of wild salmon, a much different approach must be taken.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Lemon Salt Vinegar Baking Soda
  • Lemon
  • Salt
  • Vinegar
  • Baking Soda
Step 1
Clean any cooking oil off the wall that may hold the smell of the wild salmon. When you sauté your salmon, the oil will frequently splash onto several surfaces keeping that smell trapped onto your walls and range hood. Using a towel to quickly wipe up these splashes will go a long way in cutting down the smell.
Step 2
Rub your wooden cutting board with salt and half a lemon if salmon was placed on it. Wood captures smells but lemon and salt work together to extract these smells. If a plastic cutting board was used to cut the salmon, run it through the dishwasher or clean it in very hot soapy water.
Step 3
Use the other half of the lemon to scrub your hands clean after eating and throw both used lemon halves down the garbage disposal. Grind the lemon to a pulp to release a lemony scent that will fill the kitchen and remove the smell of wild salmon.
Step 4
Wash all dishes that touch the salmon as soon as possible. Do not forget knives, forks, grill tops, plates or pans.
Step 5
Remove any trash in the house containing wild salmon instantly. If the garbage already smells like wild salmon, wash the inside of the garbage bin with vinegar and hot soapy water.
Step 6
Clean your fridge or freezer with warm water and baking soda. If any wild salmon juice leaked in the fridge or freezer, cleaning it thoroughly will eliminate the smell.

Tips & Warnings

Occasionally a garbage disposer will smell fishy when it is breaking down. If you tried cleaning the garbage disposal several times to no avail, it may be time to consider the disposer's age.

Article Written By Heather Rutherford

Heather Rutherford has enjoyed writing professionally since 2004. Her articles have appeared in,,, and On-the-News. She also works intimately with several small businesses to prepare business plans and other marketing materials. Rutherford is seeking an Associate of Arts in business from North Idaho College.

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