Freshen Up: Banishing Stale And Foul Smells From Your Fridge

Last updated on August 11th, 2023

Smells linger. There is no question about it. But fridge odor is another matter altogether. While certain factors such as bacteria, mold, or stale food let off a nasty odor, uncovered foods such as potatoes absorb these smells. And while that may sound like a good thing, the proof is in eating those potatoes.

So, how do we keep the stink out of our fridge without breaking into a sweat? Well, nothing was ever attained without a bit of effort. But to cut to the chase, let’s take a deep dive into the world of foul-smelling fridges.

Tackle that Drip Pan

Drip trays under your fridge are there for a reason. They collect the condensation from the fridge. By and large, this moisture evaporates. However, the pool of accumulated water in your drip tray can cause a stink. To stop the odor from spreading, it’s vital to give your drip tray a regular workover.

Give Your Fridge a Good Airing

To air your fridge, the first thing on your agenda should be to switch off the fridge. Remove all the items from the fridge. As airing will take a while, keep your freezer items in your cooler or if possible in another freezer. Remove the shelves and trays and give them a good wash with soap and water. Leave your fridge open for around half an hour to freshen the air. Restock and replug your clean fridge to get it humming happily.

Some Hacks for an Odor-Free Fridge

  • Baking soda is known for its capacity to absorb foul smells. However, it isn’t very effective if left in its carton. To get it right, sprinkle a bit of baking soda on a damp sponge and place it on the shelf in the fridge to combat odor.

  • Coffee grounds are another effective remedy for bad odor. Keep a small container of coffee grounds in the fridge. Coffee neutralizes bad smells and spreads its aroma in the fridge. However, it’s best to keep your foodstuffs covered as they will absorb the aroma too.

  • A dag of vinegar on a piece of cloth or paper napkin does wonders too. Just keep the vinegar-infused cloth in a container in the fridge. Replace the cloth or tissue with a fresh one when this dries out.

  • Potatoes are the easiest way to get rid of the foul odor from your fridge. Cut the potato into chunks and place them in a bowl in the fridge. To maximize the effect, replace it with a freshly chopped potato every few days.

  • Activated carbon or active charcoal can be a boon too. This black powder absorbs the foul smells in your fridge. You may have noticed these carbon crystals in your water filter too. Online stores offer this product in sachets, so you may want to check them out. All you need to do is place a sachet on the shelf in the fridge and replace it after a few weeks.

An Odor-Free Refrigerator, a Way of Life

Getting rid of foul odor is one thing. And while it helps clear the air, it’s better to nip the problem in the bud by conducting regular checks. Here’s how:

  • Deep clean every few months. Check for expired food items, or leftovers at the back of the fridge. Discard and clean thoroughly.

  • Keep the older stuff in the front and the non-perishable items at the back. This way, it’s easy to pinpoint what needs to be discarded.

  • Tackle spills on your shelf as soon as possible to discourage bacteria and smell.

Our Thoughts

Cleaning the fridge is one of the most tiresome chores. But when you get down to it, you will notice it takes hardly any time at all. And hey, tiresome or not, you need to do this, for your family’s health and your sanity. So, roll up your sleeves!

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