Kitchen Appliances Tips: How to Deal with Bad Smells in Your Fridge

Kitchen Appliances Tips: How to Deal with Bad Smells in Your Fridge
Regularly cleaning kitchen appliances such as refrigerators is a good way to keep bad smells at bay.

Does your fridge still smell like last month’s tuna casserole? Is that stale milk odour turning you off your food? There’s nothing worse than nasty odours emitting from one of the most used kitchen appliances in your home. But did you know that you can go for more than bicarbonate (baking) soda to get rid of bad smells?

Here we offer you a few tips on cleaning and maintaining refrigerators that will come out smelling like nothing — and that’s a good thing.


Use your Spidey senses 

This may sound like an unbearable request, but it’s important to find out what is causing the offending odour by sniffing it out. Start with the items at the front of your fridge and then work towards the back.

You can use your other senses to:

  • Look to see if any food has expired
  • Open lids to jars and Tupperware and check the contents
  • Check for discolouration and/or mold in your dairy and meat
  • Feel your veggies and fruit for over-ripeness and rot
  • Look for any stains, liquids or spills on your shelves and in your drawers
  • See that all the food in your freezer is properly frozen or does have freezer burn


Get out your cleaning supplies

Once you’ve removed the offending item, it’s important to deal with any lingering odour by giving your fridge and freezer a thorough cleaning.

It’s important not to use harsh chemicals that will scratch or discolour your fridge’s interior. A mixture of dishwashing liquid and hot water or a solution of vinegar and water normally does the trick. You can also try mixing a little vinegar with baking soda and use soft a bristle brush to scrub stubborn stains.


Cleaning the fridge:
  1. Remove all food items and place them in a cooler filled with ice
  2. Remove the drawers and soak them in soapy hot water. You can also do the same with the shelves by giving them a scrub in your sink
  3. Clean the walls and base of your fridge and make sure to get into the corners


Cleaning the freezer:
  1. If there’s more than ¼ inch of ice on the walls of your freezer, unplug your fridge and let it defrost
  2. Make sure all ice cube trays are emptied and shelves are removed
  3. Use a rag dipped in rubbing alcohol to clear away the ice
  4. Use the same cleaning solution for your fridge to clean the walls and shelves of your freezer.
  5. When plugging your fridge back in, make sure your freezer is at the proper temperature before you place your food inside


Deodorize for the long run:

If any odour persists after you’ve cleaned your fridge and freezer, you may want to try checking your fridge’s built-in deodorizer to see if the cartridge needs changing, or add your own deodorizer. While an open box of bicarbonate soda is the most popular solution, there are other natural deodorizers you can use that will absorb smells, including in a beverage fridge.

They include:

  • Coffee grounds
  • Activated charcoal
  • Cat litter
  • Lemon juice
  • Teabags


For more tips on kitchen and home appliances, read our blog Out of the Wine Fridge: 3 Ways to Care for and Store Glassware.


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