Originally Answered: How do I get rid of the smell?
There are a number of ways to clean out the smell, start with the easy ones first and work your way through until the smell is gone. First, open any windows you can and air out the place. I know its winter, but do what you can! Take any drapes, throw rugs and comforters and wash them, adding baking soda to the wash cycle and wash as usual. Make sure the offending burnt pasta is removed from the dorm room and put outside in the trash, including any remnants from the pan if it can be saved. Wash down any surfaces that are washable, like the stove top, counter tops, walls and door frames with a good degreaser, followed by a damp rinse of a cloth with baking soda. Fill small lids, plastic/ceramic bowls with white vinegar and place in areas all around the rooms, including the bathroom, the bedroom and kitchen. Let stand. You can also use a diluted solution of vinegar to rinse/wipe all surfaces that are washable and let dry. If there are any fans in the stove, wash the filters. If any one the ceiling, clean with the above and allow to dry. Any clothing or cloth that is retaining the smell, can be hung outside to air out, or washed in a regular detergent with some baking soda and followed with a cup of vinegar in the rinse cycle. Beds, mattresses, couches, chairs and the like can be Febreezed and allowed to air dry. This should cure the problem, unless you have had a actual fire, in which case smoke damage can be MUCH HARDER to undo. All surfaces should either be dusted or wiped down. If wood, use a good lemon oil to remove any dust and stink left behind. Also, lemon juice diluted can be used on plastic, countertops that are laminates to rid smells. Basically, its a pain, but those are the easy cheap solutions. But they will require some elbow grease. Try not to close up any area that still has stink left in it, do as much airing out as is possible and then follow with the white vinegar treatment. Hope this helps you out! We used these treatments when an egg was zapped by one of the kids in the microwave for like 20 minutes, the smell was HORRIBLE! It did do the trick though. Basically, we had to hit everything that the smell had touched. It was more annoyance than expense, and the smell was really really horrific. Good luck!