Where do you store your newly bought fresh veggies, fruits, that juicy meat and most importantly the leftover pizzas or rajma chawal? In the fridge, obviously? But how clean or safe is your food storing machine? Uncleaned refrigerator leads to various uncalled bacteria and increases the chance of cross-contamination. And these bacteria can lead to the foul smell and several foodborne illnesses. To avoid this, timely cleaning is required.

With these easy hacks on how to remove the smell from the refrigerator, you can not only maintain an odor-free refrigerator but can also lower the chances of growing bacteria,

1. Deep cleaning it once a while

Your fridge contains all kinds of food, so keeping it clean is not an option but a necessity. Items like raw meat, stale vegetable and fruits, smelly leftovers, etc are prone to several uncalled bacteria and germs that can lead to different foodborne illness. So, deep cleaning it when required will not only help you get rid of all the spoiled food but will also keep your fridge clean and organized.

Start by removing all the items from your fridge and throw away all the spoiled and expired food. Scrub the shelves with warm soapy water and let them dry completely. Make sure to remove all the grime and stains before placing back the shelves and food.

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2. Deodorize your fridge using Vanilla Extract

Vanilla extract is a perfect solution for eliminating the bad odor. Pour a little vanilla extract into a small bowl and set it inside the refrigerator or dampen a cotton ball with vanilla extract and place it inside. The vanilla extract acts as a freshener and absorbs the foul odor and makes your refrigerator smell fresh everytime you open it.

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3. Store your food properly

Have a habit of storing your food in airtight containers and try to maintain different bins for different food items. This will not only help you to keep your food fresh but will also keep your refrigerator odor-free. You can also label your containers and make it more organized and accessible. Storing items in a container will not only save you kitchen space but will give it a more organized look.

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4. Look for the refrigerator temperature

Sometimes your refrigerator can be the sole reason for bad fridge odor. And if that’s the case, apart from deep cleaning, other factors like temperature needs to be regulated. The ideal temperature is somewhere around 37-41 degrees Fahrenheit. Even a slight change in temperature can spoil your food and lead to bad odor.

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5. Baking soda for odor-free refrigerator

Baking soda kills bad odor and leaves a fresh essence in your refrigerator. Place an open box of baking soda directly in a corner of the fridge and let the powder absorb the smell. Replace the box when required. You can also clean the shelves and interiors with a baking soda water solution. Baking soda will help you get rid of spots and stains leaving behind a fresh scent.

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Here’s what a few of our homeowners have asked us

How to get rid of rotten meat smell?

Raw meat has one of the strongest pungent smell and if not treated on time can lead to many foodborne illnesses. If you notice a foul meat stink from your fridge, remove the rotten meat and deep clean the interiors, shelves, bins and trays using warm soapy water. You can also create a home sanitizing solution by adding 1tbsp of chlorine bleach to a gallon of water. Rinse the interiors, shelves and trays with the solution and let them dry for a while. Remember to do a patch test before directly using the solution. Once dried, clean all the items with a dry cloth and place them back again. You can leave a few lemon slices in the fridge for a fresh and pleasant scent. Ensure to always store your meat in a different container to avoid leakage and cross contamination.

How do I clean the inside mold?

Mold is a type of fungus that can be spread all over your fridge if not cleaned on time. They can form through various things like moldy food, contaminated air, stale food, etc. However, the unseen things in the fridge can spoil your food and make you sick. Thus, it becomes necessary to find the source and treat it right away. To kill the fridge mold, you can begin by using a mild acid like vinegar. Mix white vinegar with water and spray the solution on the moldy surface and let it sit for a while. Finally, clean the whole surface with water and let it dry.

How often should I clean my fridge?

Cleaning your fridge might sound tiring but is essential since it stores all our food. Maintaining your fridge and deep cleaning it both are a different task. You can maintain your fridge with mild cleaning daily. This will not only help to avoid cross-contamination but will also protect your fridge from various bacteria. When it comes to deep cleaning, try to do it once every 12-20 days. Remove everything from the fridge and clean the interiors using any above-mentioned solution. Sort the inside items accordingly and get rid of all the food materials that are expired or near to expiry date.

Will baking soda destroy my fridge?

Anything, if used correctly, offers a great result. In the same way, if you dilute baking soda and follow the instructions properly, it will not only kill the growing bacteria but will also help you to get an odour-free refrigerator.

How do I clean refrigerator’s Ice tray?

Ice trays don’t require deep cleaning. Simply empty the ice tray once in every 15 days and wash them with a mild detergent and water. Let them dry and wipe it with a clean cloth to avoid the soap smell.

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