6 clean-smelling candles that banish kitchen odors in an instant

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Whether you cooked a hearty beef stew, baked some fish or made stir fry on the stove, the scent can linger after you’re done with your meal. If you live in an especially small space (hey there, apartment dwellers!), never mind your kitchen — that smell can take over your entire home.

Sure, room sprays and scents are popular for banishing odors. But in a room where you’re cooking food, you probably don’t want to spray any potentially-harmful chemicals around dishes and cooking tools.

The best way to squash kitchen odors is to light a match or better yet, light a candle. These clean-smelling candles can banish odors and leave you with a fresh-smelling kitchen.

Check out these clean-smelling candles to rid your space of food odors once and for all.

1. Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day Lemon Verbena Soy Candle, Set Of 2, $15.58 (Orig. 19.99)

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You’ve probably seen Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day cleaning products, from dish soap to multi-surface cleaner. The brand’s scents are incredibly strong, yet refreshing. This lemon verbena citrus scent will cut through the toughest odors.

2. Boy Smells Gardener Candle, $32

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Boy Smells’ Gardener candle provides the fresh scent of a garden with notes of orange tree bark, tomato juice and honeysuckle. Your kitchen should smell like food — just light, pleasing food.

3. Fresh Wave Odor Removing Candle, $14.99

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If you’re not a big fan of perfume and scents, this candle simply removes odors for a neutral smell. In other words, it eliminates odors without using any fragrances at all. Try it to help banish smoke, pet, kitchen and bathroom odors throughout your home.

4. Yankee Candle Housewarmer Kitchen Spice Candle, $16.19 (Orig. 26.99)

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If you like the natural smells of a spice bazaar or the simple whiff you get when you open your spice cabinet, this Yankee Candle is for you. It has notes of sweet orange, clove, ginger and cinnamon that will linger on long after you blow it out.

5. Malin + Goetz Vetiver Candle, $55

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OK, this candle is a bit of a splurge — but it’s worth it. Vetiver is a grassy plant with roots used in some Eastern medicine. That said, this candle smells like an apothecary. If you don’t know what that smells like, the product description describes it as “fresh like the clean dew of newly-cut grass and citrus peel twists, but warmed by savory celery seed, amber and guaiacwood.”

Nest Lemongrass And Ginger Classic Candle, $44

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Nest is a luxurious candle brand, and its scents are the real deal. This candle features notes of lemongrass, sage, ginger, eucalyptus and thyme. It’s the ultimate clean-smelling, earthy candle. Plus, it comes in a pretty jar you’ll be happy to keep on your countertop.

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