Tips to Reduce or Get Rid of Fridge Odors

Have you ever opened up your fridge for a snack only to be greeted by a musty or unpleasant smell? Unfortunately, refrigerators can develop nasty odors from time to time, but the good news is that they’re usually very easy to get rid of. Here are some ways to reduce or get rid of fridge odors.

Try the Obvious First

Most of the time a gross odor coming from your fridge is caused by a rotting piece of food you didn’t realize was still inside. Try cleaning out your refrigerator first before you try anything else. Since the vegetable drawers are usually the culprit, start there. Throw out any decomposing fruits or veggies and give each drawer a thorough cleaning with soap and water. Remove everything from the shelves and wipe each one down. If you still smell something, try the next tip.

Vinegar Will do the Trick

To be extra vigilant on fridge odors, try mixing equal parts of white vinegar, baking soda and dish soap till it forms a thick paste and wipe down every part of the inside of your fridge. Then rinse with water and dry. The vinegar smell will be strong at first, but as it dissipates, you’ll be left with an odor-free refrigerator.

Jar of Baking Soda

Once you’ve given your fridge a deep clean, fill a small mason jar with about a 1/4 cup of baking soda. You can add a few drops of citrus essential oils as well. Place the jar uncovered in the back of the top shelf. After a few hours, the bad odors should be absorbed and you’ll be left with a fresh, clean scent which will prevent future odors.

If you’ve tried all of this and still detect an odor coming from your fridge, there could be something wrong causing your food to spoil early. Call Express Appliance Service right away and we’ll get your refrigerator working, and smelling fresh, in no time.