How to Make a Refrigerator Smell Better


A stinky refrigerator can have a number of causes, but there are ways to keep your fridge smelling fresh and clean. Organizing and cleaning the refrigerator properly are essential to keeping it from smelling bad. General housekeeping principles are all that is needed to ensure it is not a source of unpleasant kitchen odor, or to solve the problem if something in the refrigerator has become a source of bad smells.

Things You'll Need

  • Bleach
  • Bucket
  • Paper towels
  • Baking soda
  • Plastic containers
  • Empty the refrigerator. Separate any spoiled food and dispose of it; food left too long in the fridge can begin to stink.

  • Add 1 cup bleach and 2 cups water to a bucket. Dip paper towels in the mixture and scrub the inside of the fridge. Bleach cleans and disinfects.

  • Place vegetables and fruit in the produce drawers to keep them fresh longer and avoid the smells they can cause. Organize the rest of the items in the fridge to conserve space. Place odorous items such as cheeses in closed drawers.

  • Put an open box of baking soda at the back of a shelf inside the refrigerator. Baking soda helps neutralize some food odors and can keep the fridge smelling fresh. Replace the baking soda every three to four months.

  • Keep leftovers and opened food items in airtight plastic containers. They help to keep odors in and stop them from escaping the fridge.

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