Fridge odours may emanate from different sources; from the leftovers you forget to throw away when going for a vacation, leaking containers to the dairy products past their expiry date. Whatever the cause, that pungent smell is offensive. In case you open your fridge, and an awful stench greets you, try these tips to get your fridge smelling fresh again.
- Get rid of expired and spoilt foods
The first step is to go through your fridge and throw out anything that could be spoilt, rotten or past their expiry date. Always label and date leftovers for easy identification.
- Clean the refrigerator thoroughly
If the fridge still stinks after throwing away all the spoilt food, it might be time for a thorough clean up. Ensure all the food is properly contained and firmly shut in airtight containers. Store all the contents in a cooler. Next, unplug the refrigerator and take out the drawers, shelves and other removable parts. Wash them properly in hot soapy water, rinse them, and leave them to dry. Meanwhile, clean the walls using a mixture of water and baking soda and then sanitize with chlorine bleach solution. Last but not least, clean the drip tray as it contains dirty water that could be the cause of the stench.
- Use odour absorbents
There are various elements that you can use to absorb odours in the fridge. These odour removers include baking soda, fresh ground coffee, vanilla extract activate charcoal, oats, and vinegar. You can simply spread a layer of baking soda, freshly ground coffee or activated charcoal on a cookie sheet and leave them for several hours to absorb the odours. Alternatively, fill a bowl with either oats or vinegar and place it in the fridge for several hours. You can also put a half lemon or orange in the refrigerator to absorb the smells.
- Employ preventive measures
- Always ensure the food is in the right compartment.
- Clean up any spills immediately they occur
- Make sure you store food in airtight containers to prevent spills and leaks as well as keep the food fresh.
- Check and discard any expired food on a weekly basis.
- Keep highly perishable foods in a visible position where you’re not likely to forget.
In other cases, there may be leaks into the insulation or a faulty thermostat which might require a technician to fix it. Feel free to contact Nationwide Appliance Repair to schedule a repair.