Preventing Bad Odors in the Fridge

Preventing Bad Odors in the Fridge

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 The only thing contributing to your fridge odor may not be the outdated leftover, especially if it’s been a while since you cleaned the fridge.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.

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Inspirational Outdoors Kitchens

4 Inspirational Outdoor Kitchens

Its summer time and you must be planning to host backyard parties and barbecues this season. Your outdoor kitchen can be beautiful and inspirational. Have a look at the outdoor kitchen options;

  1. The Patio Kitchen

This gorgeous outdoor kitchen sits quietly on the patio against your home’s back wall. Your home looks stylish with stone on the kitchen walls. It has got all the necessities for you, its complete with storage for firewood, sink, counter and grill. The covered kitchen provides you comfort and weather protection. Have a look at an example we found of this covered kitchen here.

  1. The Open Kitchen

Cook and entertain with ease in this open kitchen. For cooking and dining there is ample counter space while the cook can grill and enjoy backyard view at the same time courtesy of the open kitchen design. Converse with your guests at your backyard barbeque party with comfort, or while you cook just enjoy watching your kids play outside. You can find an example of this beautiful and spacious kitchen here.

  1. The Poolside Kitchen

This outdoor kitchen is perfect for a backyard with a pool. It provides you plenty of counter space and all necessary facilities. You can match the counter top and front of the kitchen with the pool area. And yes! The cook can enjoy having a look at the pool over the open kitchen while grilling. Serve as a chef and a lifeguard, host an end-of-the-school-year swim party for your child at this perfect vantage point. View this poolside kitchen here.

  1. The Pergola Kitchen

This beautiful outdoor kitchen has wonderful facilities. The pergola offers shaded sitting area and adds visual appeal to space. Relax, sit and entertain guests in your backyard while enjoying the ambiance created by the fireplace and elegant lighting. See your dream pergola here and find more pergola ideas here.

Of course you need working appliances for an outdoor kitchen. Consult Appliance Guru | Home Appliance Repair Center for all your appliance maintenance and repair needs.

Summer Grill Debate: Gas or Charcoal – Appliance Guru

The classic gas vs. charcoal grill showdown is perhaps known to all. You may fancy charcoal while your best friend loves to have gas grill food. Every passionate griller has their preference. Well if you’re still in a fix, the trick is to reach the issue as impartially as possible to help you choose the right grill for you.

Gas Grill

If you want to cook in your comfort zone then you will love the convenience and ease of gas grill while enjoying the pleasure of outdoor cooking. ‘I want it all’ comes to life for them.

Pros
  • Ease of use: It’s easy to learn to operate a gas grill and it almost comes instinctively. It only takes 10 -15 minutes for them to heat up and to a relief maintain a steady temperature. Most importantly to clean them is not a nightmare!
  • Tailored heat zones: What if you want to cook more than one food simultaneously? Well from heaven comes a multi-burner gas grill. Set the temperature to keep the cooked meal warm on low, grill veggies on medium and cook meat on high.
  • Accessories: Convenience at its best is when your gas grill comes with a too many accessorizing options. Rotisserie attachments, side tables, spice racks, side burners, storage drawers, night lights and more make grilling a loveable affair.
Cons
  • Temperature aren’t high enough: Cooking your steak to perfection keeping them crispy outside and medium-rare inside needs the grill temperature to reach a certain high level which is only possible in very expensive gas grills only. You can always cook food other than steak on gas grills just fine or even a steak if you like them well done.
  • Signature flavor is missing: Adding wood chips to the grill gives a signature flavor isn’t an easy task. Unless your grill has a smoke box you’ll need to make your own foil packets. Then you’ll need more wood than usual due to poor sealing of gas grill lids.
  • They’re expensive to buy and to keep: As they come with many accessories and complex parts, they cost quite a lot and more likely need repair often.

Charcoal Grill

Traditional way to grill is charcoal grill. Those who are enthralled with the thought of playing with fire and setting up a charcoal grill often look down to others who cannot afford to appreciate the conventional ritual.

Pros
  • High Heat: Oh Yes! They can produce heat up to 700 degrees F. One of the biggest reasons people love them is that charcoal gives the signature flavor to the steak or lamb with a crisp outside and nice juicy inside.
  • That Smoky Flavor: Some things just cannot be imitated including a superior tasting smoky meat that charcoal lovers would even swear by.
  • Less expensive: Charcoal grills cost less upfront, but how much running them costs depends upon fuel prices as the cost of briquettes tends to be higher than natural gas or propane.
Cons
  • Messy: Charcoal is dirty to handle, but you never have to actually touch them if you use gloves or tongs. Well for some the fun is actually in this! But still be prepared to clear up the ash after you are done cooking.
  • Cooking time is longer: Charcoal grills are not easy to light up and they almost take double the time to heat up in comparison to gas or propane grill.
  • Controlling temperature is difficult: You actually hard to be sure about the temp you are cooking at and changing it quickly is not possible at all. You need to add more charcoal for longer cooking times as the temp gradually decreases.
  • Flare-ups can burn food: With a squirt gun it’s possible to contain the flare-ups, this makes cooking a bit more panicky (or depends upon fun mantra!)

It’s not actually a Gas vs. Charcoal debate; it’s a showdown between compromises like convenience at the cost of signature flavor and price face-off with enough practice to yield excellent results. What would you like is just preference.