How to Get the Smell of Spoiled Milk Out of a Refrigerator

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You don’t want the smell of sour milk to permeate your nostrils every time you open the refrigerator. The sour smell only has a few places to latch onto inside a refrigerator. The smell is probably coming from some spilled milk still lying on one of the shelves. Remove the source and the odor will follow. Odors are created by bacteria, so by killing the bacteria, you remove the offensive smell.

Things You'll Need

  • Vinegar
  • Sponge
  • Cleaning cloths
  • Activated charcoal
  • Remove all possible foods from the refrigerator that may contain the sour milk smell and throw them out. Remove all other food and place it to the side.

  • Remove all shelves and crispers from the refrigerator.

  • Mix 1 cup of vinegar with a gallon of water.

  • Wash all of the shelves and crispers with the vinegar solution using a sponge or rag.

  • Wash the inside of the refrigerator with the vinegar solution. Include the gasket when cleaning; it is the most porous object in the refrigerator.

  • Leave the refrigerator open for 15 minutes to dry.

Tips & Warnings

  • If the odor remains then you will have to unplug the refrigerator. Place activated charcoal into pans, and place the pans at the bottom of the refrigerator. Let it sit for two days. If there is still a smell, then change the pans with new activated charcoal.

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