A stinky fridge is never a good thing. The reason may be smelly foods, such as chopped onions, or it may be the result of a fridge setting unplugged for any length of time. Regardless, you can make your fridge smell better. Let’s look at some tips to make a stinky fridge smell better.
Easy Ways to Make a Stinky Fridge Smell Better
Let Your Stinky Fridge Air Out
If the fridge hasn’t been in use, allow it to air out for several hours.
If the fridge is currently in use, remove everything. As you remove everything, try to find the culprit that is causing the offending odor. This is also a great time to toss anything that’s expired or questionable. Might as well knock out two things at once.
Wash Shelves in the Bathtub
The shelving can be too large to clean in your sink. A bathtub is a great place to clean shelves. If the shelves have stuck on food (such as spilled sauces), fill the tub with warm water and dish soap. Allow to soak and then wash and rinse.
Clean Drawers in the Sink or Bathtub
Some drawers are small enough to place beside the sink and clean. Others, you may have to wash in your tub. Again, use warm soapy water and rinse. Removing all the drawers and shelving will make it easier to access all the nooks and crannies that need to be cleaned.
Create a Paste Using Peroxide and Baking Soda
Now that everything is out of the fridge, use baking soda and peroxide to create a paste. Cover the surfaces and allow to set. The peroxide will sanitize while the baking soda helps to remove odors. If you happen to have any areas that are hard to reach, spray with peroxide and then scrub with an old toothbrush. This is a great tip for getting the rubber seal clean.
You can also make a paste using fresh lemon juice and baking soda. Not only will your fridge sparkle, but it will smell amazing!
Wipe out the paste and rinse. If you still smell an odor, start again. You may also need to tackle your freezer. Follow the steps above for cleaning your freezer.
Keep It Smelling Fresh
To keep your formerly stinky fridge smelling fresh in the future, add a box of baking soda. You want to change this out every 30 days.
A stinky fridge can make everything in your fridge taste off. Even the ice cream in your freezer can soak up the odors coming from the fridge. Thankfully, you can tackle the odor using peroxide and baking soda. You can even use baking soda to keep the fridge smelling fresh.
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