By nature, the kitchen is going to harbor a plethora of fragrances — some good and some not so good. Fresh breads and cooked meats can cause growling stomachs, while buildup in tile and drains or waste receptacles might cause those same stomachs to turn. The last thing anyone wants in a kitchen is an odor.

Ingredients used in cooking, such as flour, yeast and sugars, can cause buildup in drains, leading to odors. Oils, fats, grease and other such liquids can seep into cracks and grout. And finally, food scraps from fish, seafood and meats sitting in trash receptacles can overwhelm the area with foul smells.

Combating these areas requires constant attention from the cleaner and drain maintenance is step number one. Ridding drains of food ingredients mentioned above is essential and regularly flushing these areas can minimize the potential for odors.

To prevent odor-causing bacteria in grout, cleaners should also remove scrap and waste from food prep areas and floors as quickly as possible. The appliances will also need constant attention. Range hoods should be cleaned to reduce grease build-up; insides of refrigerators should be cleaned and spoiled food removed immediately.

Finally, utilizing thick can liners and regularly washing the inside of receptacles will help minimize the potential odors caused by the significant amount of trash in kitchen areas.