A refrigerator can become as stinky as an unwashed dog, since different kinds of foods are bound to leave their smells in it. Also, there are instances when the refrigerator becomes unplugged or it stops working, thus food will spoil and cause a stench. Here are some things you can do to control odor in your refrigerator:
- Before you make use of an odor remover or a deodorizer in your refrigerator, tidy up your refrigerator first. Take out the food and store it in a cooler or another refrigerator so that it doesn't spoil. Place the food, especially strong-smelling food, in airtight containers so that when you transfer it back into the refrigerator, it won't spread its scent again. Throw away spoiled food; you don't want it to stink up your refrigerator.
- Unplug your refrigerator and prepare for defrosting. Clean your refrigerator to remove stains and smells, which have attached to its interior. Wipe the compartments with a washcloth that is soaked with mild soap and warm water. Two tablespoons of baking soda mixed with a quart of warm water will also act as a deodorizer; wipe this solution in the refrigerator using a washcloth as well. Remember that cold glass panels may break if they come into contact with hot water so let the refrigerator come to room temperature before cleaning it. If there are removable parts in your refrigerator, take them out and clean them one at a time.
- Afterwards, wipe the refrigerator with a dry cloth and see to it that everything is dry. Let the refrigerator air out by leaving the door open. You could also air it using an electric fan. To keep your refrigerator smelling fresh, defrost and clean your refrigerator every month.
- Your refrigerator is now ready to have a deodorizer placed inside it. There are many deodorizer options that you could use to freshen up your refrigerator. Here is a list: baking soda, charcoal, vanilla, coffee, citrus fruit, and newspapers. These are safe to be used with food so you don't have to worry about chemicals seeping into the food you'll eat.
- Baking soda is not just a cooking ingredient; it is also an effective deodorizer and odor remover as well. Put a medium amount of baking soda in a lidless container, and place this into your refrigerator for a few days. This absorbs the odors over time. You can do the same with charcoal.
- You could freshen up the smells in your refrigerator using a natural deodorizer such as vanilla or coffee grounds, which are poured into a bowl. These mask strong smells that linger in your refrigerator. You could also cut up a citrus fruit to achieve the same effect.
- A newspaper is also a great odor remover. Crumple slightly damp newspapers and spread them into the shelves. The paper absorbs odors.
- These deodorizers may not work as fast as one drop solutions which are used to instantly freshen up a smelly toilet; however they work like gel air fresheners that mask and absorb odors over time.
Cleaning and a good deodorizer make your refrigerator ready to store delicious food.