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How to Remove Bad Smells in a Fridge

Every time you spill something in your fridge, try to clean it up right away. It’s recommended to do some light cleaning every week and deep cleaning once every 3 months. And of course, if you notice a bad smell, it’s probably time to clean the fridge.

5-Minute Crafts is revealing 2 different ways to remove a bad smell from the fridge. You can wash the fridge using special solutions if the smell is really horrible or just buy some foods that can absorb almost any odor.

Cleaning the fridge

  1. Turn the fridge off.

  2. Take out all the food and throw away any old food.

  3. Remove all the shelves and trays.

  4. Wash the inside of the fridge and freezer with a sponge. You can use some special detergents or one of the following solutions:

  • Mix fresh lemon juice with water (1:2). You can also use lemon skin.

  • Mix vinegar and water (1:1). When you wash the fridge, don’t forget to remove the vinegar with pure water.

  • Mix 1 liter of water with 2 tbsp of baking soda. Also, don’t forget to remove the vinegar with pure water.

After all the procedures, keep the fridge door open for about 15 minutes to let the air circulate and get the remains of the smell out.

Using odor absorbents

If there’s still an odor in the fridge after you wash it, you can use certain absorbents. What you choose depends on what you prefer. The absorbents are put into small containers if the bad smell isn’t too strong. However, if the bad smell is really strong, put the absorbent product right on the shelf.

What you can use:

  • Lemons
  • Brown bread
  • Teabags
  • Ground coffee
  • Ground activated carbon

It should take about 24 hours to remove the smell. If it’s not enough, replace the odor absorbents and put them in the fridge for 24 more hours.

Tip: To prevent the appearance of bad odors, use ground activated carbon. Take a kinder surprise egg and pierce it in several spots. Put the carbon inside. Replace the carbon once a week.

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