Nothing says "ick" quite like a nasty fridge odor.
Whether the sushi went south last month or you simply need to neutralize the everyday accumulation of odors in your refrigerator, it all starts with a quick cleaning out and cleaning up of your fridges interior.
Here's how to bring back a fresh, clean smell to your refrigerator using crumpled up newspapers, used coffee grounds, or activated charcoal.
And naturally, the process begins with a basic - but thorough - cleaning.
Examine everything inside carefully as you remove it, even if you've already identified the cause of your smelly fridge. Keep what appears to be edible; toss what's gone south.
Dissolve four teaspoons baking soda in one quart warm water.
With a soft, clean cloth, wash all interior surfaces, including the top, bottom, drawers and walls. Rinse surfaces with warm water. Dry with a soft, clean cloth.
Pack the refrigerator, including doors and drawers, with crumpled sheets of newspaper. (Black and white only - no color pages.) Place charcoal briquets (one large bag should do) randomly throughout the newspaper.
Remove charcoal briquets and newspapers. Wash all interior surfaces with a rag moistened with liquid dishwashing detergent dissolved in warm water. Pay special attention to corners and crevices.
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