Eliminate The Stink From Your Fridge

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Fridge stink is a kitchen problem that can sometimes be horribly persistent. If you have done everything you can think of, but the smell just won’t go away, read the following to find possible answers.

  • The inside of your fridge is primarily made of plastic. Plastic absorbs odors, so the problem may be the entirety of your fridge. Place an open box of baking soda in your fridge, which will soak up the bad odors and leave your fridge smelling clean after a few days. You can also mix baking soda to water and use that to wipe down the inside of the fridge.
  • The veggie bin may smell bad even after you throw out old vegetables. A good scrubbing may be required to rid it of bad odors since vegetable juices could be hiding in the crevasses of the bin. Wash the bin with warm water and dish soap.
  • Even if your veggie bin is spotless, it could be hiding water and bits of food underneath. These can spoil and mold, leaving a bad smell. Remove the vegetables bin and clean out the area underneath with bleach solution and a dish cloth. Use 3-4 liters of warm water and a quarter cup of bleach. After cleaning, wipe down the area with a clean damp cloth. Lastly, wipe it with a dry cloth.
  • Some refrigerators have pans that collect condensation produced by the unit. These pans need to be emptied from time to time and cleaned, or else they smell awful and may even overflow. If your fridge has a drip pan, unplug your fridge, take out all of the food, and remove the pan. You will find instructions on how to remove the pan in the manual that came with the fridge. Clean the pan with warm water and dish soap and reinstall it.

Bear in mind that the smell may not be your fridge at all, but what's under it. It's possible that some food rolled underneath. Check under the fridge for rotten vegetables and other similarly disgusting things.

Source: cnet.com
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