How to Get Rid of Cat Food Smell

Some time ago I was at a party where the hostess had just finished cooking a delicious meal for a big dinner party, and, as she was putting the dishes away, she asked me, “Do you smell cat food?” I did. She explained that she had put a big pot of cat food in the refrigerator and it had been there for a few days, and the food had started to smell.

She asked me how to get rid of the cat food smell. I wanted to help her and we started.

Some tips to help get rid of the cat food smell

1. Use Cat Food Smell Masking Agents

Use baking soda, distilled white vinegar, coffee grounds, vanilla extract and lemons to get rid of cat food smell. These are simple agents to eliminate odors once and for all.

Baking Soda

Unpleasant scents may be reduced by sprinkling baking soda on anything from your cat’s litter box to the bottom of the kitchen garbage. The longer the baking soda is allowed to sit, the more effective it will be at removing odors.


Vinegar is a cheap and useful acetic acid-containing household ingredient. White vinegar may be used to remove odors from numerous surfaces in the home. White vinegar will neutralize aromas caused by smoking, dogs, cooking, and other difficult-to-remove scents. Fill tiny basins with pure white vinegar to remove scents from the air. Use 1 pint of water, 1 tablespoon of vinegar, and 1 ounce of rosemary or sage essential oil. To eliminate smells and refresh the air, mist it with the mixture.

Coffee Grounds

Coffee grounds, both used and unused, are excellent for eliminating unwanted odors. Coffee grounds may be used as a natural dishwashing cleanser, deodorizer, and even a vehicle freshener. For at least two to three months, keep 100 milligrams of coffee grinds on a fridge shelf or door. Coffee grounds may be used as a natural aroma, a scouring agent for dishes, and an organic plant fertilizer. They are also perfect for other causes of nasty odors, such as a toilet bowl or bin. Coffee grinds may also be used to repel insects. The scent of coffee can be enhanced by burning coffee grounds. Coffee fragrance has the natural capacity to neutralize foul odors.

Vanilla Extract

Vanilla extract has a delightful natural aroma that is agreeable to the senses. It will aid in the removal of smells caused by pet accidents, candle soot, cigarette smoke, or coffee spills. Vanilla extract is food-safe and suitable to use on any household surfaces.


To absorb smells, soak a sponge in lemon juice and store it in the refrigerator. A few sliced lemon slices placed near a litter box will assist to neutralize unwanted scents.

2. Surround Cat Food with Newspaper

Newspaper’s amazing deodorizing properties can help hide the scent of pet food in a dry pantry or the fridge. Wrap the product in newspaper, or if some aroma remains in a container you previously used, crumple up sheets of newspaper inside and shut the lid for a few days.

3. Store Cat Food in Kitchen Canisters

Because smaller pets, such as lapdogs and cats, use less food, bagged food can be stored discreetly in flour tins or cookie jars. Whether you choose pastel, enamel, or stainless steel, your pet’s dried treats and packaged wet food will be kept in airtight containers.

4. Use Pet Food Storage Containers

If you give your cat dry food, investing in a high-quality pet food storage container is a wise decision. Rather than opening a bag of dry food and exposing it to humidity, air, and bugs, a suitable storage container will form an airtight barrier that will keep moisture and insects out. This may help maintain the nutritional quality of your pet’s food by keeping it from fast decaying and rotting, as well as reducing the chance of bacterial contamination and bad smell.

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