How to Get Smell Out Of Refrigerator

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How to Get Smell Out Of Refrigerator

A refrigerator can start to smell for a lot of reasons. You can leave it plugged out, food can be rotten, and because of so much more things. Knowing how to get the smell out of your refrigerator is really important because the scent will not just come out by itself. I have had this happen to me before, and I got it out.

You will need a few items to clean out the refrigerator and remove the smell. This cleaning method will both remove the smell out of it and have it clean as well. Let us begin cleaning your refrigerator.

What You Will Need:

  • Baking Soda
  • Cleaning Container
  • Warm Water
  • Dish Soap
  • Bleach
  • Sponge
  • Paper towel

Steps To Take To Clean And Remove Smell Out Of Your Refrigerator

adding dawn dish soap to warm water

Below is the step by step guide I have personally used to remove the rotten meat smell out of my refrigerator. Follow the method carefully, and your refrigerator will smell like new again.

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Step 1. You need to remove every item from the refrigerator, including the shelves, if they can be removed. You need to take out the meat in the freezer side as well. Once you have taken everything out, wash them in the kitchen sink with warm water and dish soap. Let them dry and skip to the next step.

Step 2. Now that you have gotten everything out of the refrigerator, you can now focus on cleaning it and removing the smell. You need to make a cleaning mixture that will eliminate the smell coming from the refrigerator. Fill the cleaning container with warm water, add 1 cup of baking soda, half a cup of bleach, and 1/4 cup of dawn dish soap and mix it around.

Step 3. Dip the sponge in the water and start to wipe the inside of the refrigerator. Start from the top and dip the sponge in the water every three wipes. Once you clean a section, use a clean paper towel and wipe that is clean.

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Step 4. Once you have gotten to the bottom, go over the entire section again just to make sure every stain and smell is out. Once you have done that put back all the shelves only in that section of the refrigerator, but do not put back the food in as yet.

If that was the section that had the bad smell, after you clean it leave it for 30 minutes, then turn the refrigerator back on and check again for any smell. If the smell is gone, you can put the things back in the refrigerator and use it like normal again.

 

How to Get Smell Out Of Refrigerator Freezer Section

In this guide, I will show you how to remove the smell from the freezer section of your refrigerator if that is where the smell is coming from.

What You Will Need:

  • Baking Soda
  • Cleaning Container
  • Warm Water
  • Dish Soap
  • Bleach
  • Sponge
  • Paper towel
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Step 1. Take everything out of the freezer and turn it off. Wait 15-30 minutes until some of the ice is melted, and then scrape it out in a container then dump it.

Step 2. Once you have removed the ice, make the cleaning mixture by adding 1 cup of baking soda, 1/4 cup of dawn dish soap, and a half a cup of bleach to the cleaning container and fill it with warm water. Mix it around and dip the sponge in it and start to wipe from side to side. It will take a few wipes because the freezer is rougher.

Step 3. If you find ice build-up, use a butter knife and scrape it off but be very careful. Once you have gotten rid of the ice build-up if there was any, continue to wipe the inside from top to bottom. Use clean paper towels and wipe the freezer the smell of it. If the smell is gone, put the shelves back and turn it on.

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Alternative Ways To Get Smell Out Of Refrigerators

Below are some methods that you can quickly use to get the smell out of your refrigerator if you choose not to clean the entire refrigerator. Choose whichever methods that work for you, either above or below.

Open The Doors-

Opening the doors of your refrigerator is the first thought that should have come to your mind. This will help air out the refrigerator just incase it need fresh air. You should leave it open while on for 10 minutes to see if this will eliminate or get rid of most of the odor from the refrigerator.

Take Out What Has The Smell-

The next method is to try and locate where the smell is coming from. This can be hard put with this trick that I’m about to tell you about will make it much easier. Start back, taking each food out one by one and smell them to see which one smell or where the smell is coming from. When you find it, clean the area and get rid of the food.

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Put Baking Soda Inside The Refrigerator-

I have known this trick for a while now, which my mother has taught me. Putting a box of baking soda into refrigerator that was made specifically for it will absorb any odor that might be there. It will not happen instantly, but over a few hours or days, the scent will go away.

Clean Any Spills-

Cleaning any spills in your refrigerator will make it cleaner and also remove the smell from it. Simply look for any meat, water, or liquid. Use only diluted bleach or dish soap because disinfectants will be too strong, and the food will absorb it.

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Final Thoughts:

To keep your refrigerator smelling good. You need to make sure things are not leaking especially fresh meat that you just bought with bloody water. If you take the necessary precautions, you will have your refrigerator smelling fantastic all the time. Also, make sure to put refrigerator baking soda in it to absorb any little smell that might be there.

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