We’ve all been through this. Whether you forgot to throw away your salad before leaving for a week, or skipped a few days past the expiration date of your milk, fridge odors do pop up from time to time. The most annoying thing about these fragrances is that they are largely caused by mold or bacteria. These microbes are invisible and thrive in places with significant humidity, making your refrigerator the perfect place for them to settle. Spilled, rotten or missing food, as well as condensation and external moisture, are the main causes of bad smell in the refrigerator.
The refrigerator is one of the hardest-working appliances in your home. In its pure form, it will not only help keep food longer, but also make them tastier.
Here is a list of natural remedies that you can probably find in your home to help eliminate bad smell from the refrigerator.
- Baking soda has stink-eliminating properties. Try wiping the walls, shelves, and doors with a solution of 15 ml (1 tablespoon) of baking soda to 1 liter of warm water.
- Vinegar helps to neutralize unpleasant odors coming from your refrigerator. Place a cup or bowl filled with white vinegar inside to get the desired effect.
- Oatmeal also eliminates unwanted odor. Pour a little into an aluminum bowl and store in the refrigerator.
- Several slices lemonleft on shelves or in doors will absorb bad odors.
- Moisten a few pieces of cotton essential oil and put them in the refrigerator. Close the door for a day. Use cotton pads soaked vanillato leave a pleasant aroma.
- Place Activated carbon into a bowl and put it in the refrigerator. Set the minimum temperature and keep the door closed for three days.
- Put in some freshly ground coffee beans, spread them out on a baking sheet and place them on a shelf overnight. This will help absorb bad odors.
How to prevent unpleasant odors in the refrigerator?
Firstly, remove and discard any food that may be spoiled or expired. Wipe down any jars or containers that show food residue. Then remove all removable surfaces from the refrigerator – drawers, adjustable shelves or racks – and soak them in hot water and dish soap while you clean everything else.
To start the flushing process, use a clean microfiber cloth or a new sponge. You can also use a toothbrush to get into crevices and small spaces where food particles can trap. Apply some vinegar and baking soda directly to cleaning equipment. To further help prevent odors, you should clean your refrigerator regularly by wiping down all interior surfaces with a damp cloth and wiping them dry. While the refrigerator is empty, start at the top and work your way down. Be sure to wipe under the drawers and clean the ceiling, sides and doors. Don’t forget the outside of the refrigerator as well, as these surfaces can transmit odors. Rinse a rag or sponge with warm water and use it to wash off the baking soda and vinegar residue from where you just cleaned. Continue rinsing with warm water until all traces of cleaning solution are removed.
To prevent future odors, leave an open container of baking soda in the refrigerator. It should last for three months. Set the temperature between 2-5 degrees – this will not allow bacteria to actively multiply.
Use airtight containers for leftovers, label and date them, and check your refrigerator weekly for food spoilage.