Removing Refrigerator Odor

Is your refrigerator starting to smell bad? Are you hesitant in opening your refrigerator door, especially around visitors, in fear that they might be appalled by the horrible smell? If you answered yes to at least one of these questions, then it is time to clean out your refrigerator immediately!

Whenever your refrigerator stores something that smells bad, the tendency is to comment on it but do nothing. Each time you open the door, it stinks.

So, schedule a refrigerator cleaning session as soon as possible and keep in mind these tips to ensure that no odor remains inside your fridge.

Before you try to clean out your refrigerator, unplug the device first. Then, remove all contents inside the refrigerator. After that, you can remove the interior parts of your fridge so that you can thoroughly clean through all areas.

There are several solutions that you can use to help take away the odor. One is the baking soda solution consisting of two tablespoons baking soda and warm water. Clean the inside of your fridge by using the solution and rinse, wipe dry, and let it sit for several hours. You can also try the vinegar solution, which is 1 cup vinegar and a gallon of water or the chlorine bleach solution, ½ cup chlorine bleach, and a gallon of water. Similarly, clean your refrigerator with these solutions and rinse well. Wipe dry and let it stand for several hours.

While you are airing out your refrigerator, clean out the interior parts that you previously had taken out. You can use a regular liquid detergent and warm water. Rinse and wipe them dry.

If all of the interior parts of your refrigerator are all cleaned up, install them again inside your fridge so you can place your foods back in their cool, cozy haven. Make sure you dispose of any expired food ingredients as these can bring back bad odor.

In case your refrigerator still smells, place some baking soda on a bowl or a small plate and leave it in your refrigerator for several days. Regularly smell your refrigerator and if the odor is gone, you can dispose of the baking soda. You can also use fresh ground coffee or activated charcoal as these ingredients also effectively absorb odor.

Heather & Alan Davis
Oklahoma City Realtors


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  1. #1 by innofresh on November 12, 2011 - 4:02 am

    Always enjoy reading others ideas and tips about fridge odor and remedies. Best is activated charcoal. Food Network had an episode showing the superior odor eliminating properties of activated charcoal vs. baking soda. Hope this is helpful – glad to participate.

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