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.
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.
Clean shelves and doors with a mixture of warm water and several squirts of hand-dishwashing detergent.
Rinse with a sponge dipped in clean water to remove any remaining cleaner. Buff dry with a clean cloth or paper towel.
Fill several cereal-size bowls with coffee grounds or activated charcoal. Each is an inexpensive, effective tool for absorbing and removing fridge odor. Place them on the refrigerator shelves.
A third inexpensive option: stuff the shelves full of crumpled newspapers. Oddly enough, newspaper is also extremely effective at odor removal.
Let your deodorizer of choice sit inside the refrigerator for 72 hours. Yes, this does mean you shouldn't open the door for at least three days. An ice chest is a good second in this case.
Check out the Clean Organized Home Store for the products and supplies needed for keeping your refrigerator odor-free.