How to Kill Broccoli Smell

Although highly nutritious, broccoli has a strong odor that can be overpowering as you cook it and then when you store it in the refrigerator. If you cook and eat broccoli, it helps to know how to reduce its odor. By taking proactive steps, you can prevent broccoli odors from becoming overwhelming and keep everyone guessing about what is for dinner.

Broccoli, close-up
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Broccoli is related to cabbage.

Refrigerator

Step 1

Remove any spoiled broccoli from the refrigerator. Broccoli can have a very strong aroma, even when it is in a container. If the leftovers have been in the refrigerator for a while, dispose of them directly in an outdoor trash can.

Step 2

Look for leaks that may have contaminated the interior of the refrigerator. Wipe up any spills first with a paper towel.

Step 3

Wash the refrigerator shelves with a mixture of hot, soapy water made from a few drops of liquid dish soap. Rinse thoroughly with fresh water.

Step 4

Wipe down the interior of the refrigerator with a spray made from equal parts white vinegar and water.

Step 5

Place a small bowl of baking soda in the refrigerator to absorb any leftover broccoli odors. If the smell is still strong after leaving the baking soda overnight, replace the bowl of baking soda with a bowl of used, dry coffee grounds.

Cooking

Step 6

Pour undiluted white vinegar into a small bowl.

Step 7

Set the bowl near the broccoli as you cook it. The vinegar helps deodorize the broccoli smell as you cook.

Step 8

Refrigerate leftovers immediately after cooking to prevent the broccoli smell from permeating the rest of your home.