Removing Refrigerator Odor: 7 Options

Refrigerator odor is a common occurrence in many homes. Usually, it is a clear indication of spoiled food in the refrigerator. It is best to take immediate action to determine the source. If left unattended, mold and bacteria can breed inside the appliance and create an unhealthy environment for food storage. This can cause you serious health problems. An electrical failure can also cause odors or the plug may have come out accidentally. Fortunately, inexpensive solutions can work to eliminate the odor. Below are 7 options you may want to try out.

Materials Needed

  • Warm water
  • Detergent
  • Rags
  • White vinegar
  • Air tight containers
  • Citrus fruits
  • Baking soda
  • Vanilla extract
  • Coffee grounds
  • Small bowls
  • Charcoal briquettes

Step 1 – Clean Out the Refrigerator

Empty your refrigerator periodically. Turn off the power and remove the plug from the power outlet. Inspect the contents. Throw away items that have been stored for a long period. Remove shelves, bins and other components. Wash in warm, soapy water. Use a mild detergent, warm water and rag to clean the inside and outside of the refrigerator thoroughly. Dry the components well before you return them. Be sure to empty the drip tray as well and wash it. In most cases, when cleaned regularly, odors disappear from refrigerators. It is a good idea to wipe spills as soon as they occur. Spills that linger in the appliance usually lead to odors.

Step 2 – White Vinegar

Be sure to clean the refrigerator thoroughly before you apply this solution. Mix 1 cup vinegar and 1 gallon water in a bucket. Use a clean, soft cloth to wipe all components of the refrigerator. Wipe the inside of the appliance as well. The vinegar helps to eliminate bad odors and maintains a clean, fresh smell.

Step 3 – Food Storage

It helps if you ensure that food is stored in containers with secure lids. Uncovered or insecure containers can topple as you reach for items inside the refrigerator. This leads to spills. Odors eventually result.

Step 4 – Citrus Fruits

Cut 3 lemons or some other citrus fruit into halves. Place the fruits in different areas of the refrigerator to absorb odors. This leaves you with a refrigerator that smells clean and fresh.

Step 5 – Baking Soda and Vanilla

Place ½ a cup of baking soda in a small bowl. Add in a tablespoon of vanilla extract. Place the bowl on the lowest shelf of your refrigerator. Within a few days, all bad odors will disappear from the appliance.

Step 6 – Coffee Grounds

Put some coffee grounds in 3 bowls. Place the bowls in different areas of the refrigerator. Allow a few days for the coffee grounds to absorb bad odors from the refrigerator. Replace the grounds with fresh ones after several days to maintain a fresh smell.

Step 7 – Charcoal

Fill 3 to 4 bowls with charcoal briquettes. Place the bowls in different areas of the refrigerator. The briquettes absorb bad odors from the refrigerator. After a few days, you’ll notice that odors have disappeared.