4 fridge odor removal tips
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.
1. take out the contents of the smelly fridge.
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.
2. cleaning all the refrigerators surfaces, including shelves and drawers.
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.
3. choose one of three inexpensive odor removers to place inside the refrigerator.
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.
4. let the coffee grounds or charcoal sit for 72 hours.
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.
how to prevent future fridge odor
- To prevent future odors, remember to always wipe up spills immediately to keep bacteria from growing. It's those growths - furry or otherwise - that cause foul smells here. Wash the spilled area with warm, soapy water; then disinfect with a solution of 1 teaspoon of bleach in 1 quart of water.
- Weekly, do a more thorough cleaning. Examine the appliance's contents and check expiration dates. Toss those items past their prime. Rotate food and condiments so that the oldest of
any item (milk, for example) is front and center when little hands are
- Deep clean monthly. First, unplug
for safety. Remove all food. Dissolve 4 teaspoons of baking soda in 1
quart of water. Use a soft, clean cloth to wash all interior surfaces. Be sure to hit the top, bottom, drawers, and walls. Pay special attention to corners and crevices.
- Finish by rinsing surfaces with warm water. Dry with a soft, clean cloth.
Check out the Clean Organized Home Store for the products and supplies needed for keeping your refrigerator odor-free.
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About the Author
Tara Aronson is a native Californian. Having grown up in San Diego, she studied journalism and Spanish to pursue a career in newspaper writing. Tara, whose three children - Chris, Lyndsay, and Payne - are the light of her life, now lives and writes in Los Angeles. She also regularly appears on television news programs throughout the U.S.