Your refrigerated air assaults you by a stinky waft as you open its door. To reduce the odor the temperature helps little, and as you dig around to find the source of reek you’re forced to hold your nose. Maybe forgotten salad, leftover fish or ground beef has been hiding in the back corner for a few weeks – or even longer.
The filthy odor may linger even once you dispose of the moldy, decaying offender. The only thing contributing to your fridge odor may not be the outdated leftover, especially if it’s been a while since you cleaned the fridge. Prevent bad smells from returning and follow these simple tips to deodorize your refrigerator.
Refresh a Stinking Fridge
- Clean up: Thoroughly clean the fridge. Take out the shelves and drawers, and store food in a cooler for a while and Yes! Don’t forget to turn off the appliance first. Take out the removable shelves and bins and soak them in the sink with warm soapy water. Get some soapy water and vinegar, dampen a clean cloth in it and wipe down the fixed parts. Let the surface dry completely then put everything back in the fridge.
- Scent it up with Baking Soda: Baking soda absorbs smells. Put an open container of baking soda in the fridge and leave it for 24 hours to absorb all bad odorous smells. Do not use this baking soda afterwards and throw it away once it completes the job.
- Scent it up with freshly ground coffee: It will improve baking soda’s effect. Spread freshly ground coffee on a plate and leave it in the fridge for 24 hours. (Afterwards instead of throwing away the coffee mix it up with soil and use it as a fertilizer for home plants).
- Leave Aroma Behind: Vanilla extract has a beautiful scent. Soak a few cotton balls in it and leave them in the fridge to deodorize the air with clean and fresh scent. An orange can also do the job here. Slice one up and put it in an open bowl in the fridge to freshen up the inner air with citrusy fragrance.
Prevent Horrible Smells from Returning
- Set correct temperature of the fridge: 37 to 41 degrees is the best temperature to store food in the refrigerator. You waste energy if it’s any colder; your food will stink after spoiling quickly if it’s any warmer.
- Good air circulation is a must: To better preserve the food on all shelves of the fridge satisfactory airflow of refrigerated air must be present. To check the temperature place a small thermometer in different parts of the fridge. If there is a huge difference in the temperature readings, it’s a sign you need refrigeration repair to reinstate good circulation.
- Properly store your food: Always use airtight containers to store the food. First, it keeps the food fresh for longer. Second, if the food goes bad it contains the smell instead of tainting the whole fridge. Next, store foods in their respective sections. Fruit and vegetable crispers are a good example to illustrate. They are designed to preserve the freshness and flavor longer than other parts of the fridge.
- Go through the fridge sometimes: Once a week go through the contents of the fridge and try to keep the leftovers on top. It lets you see when a leftover is about to go bad so you can throw it away before it makes a stink.
Water leakage, poor air circulation or other malfunction can also cause bad odor in the fridge. If so, please contact Appliance Guru for special offers to schedule refrigeration repair today. We’ll get your fridge up and running so you can use these tips to prevent bad odors from contaminating your fridge again.