The place where you store food needs to be afresh as your food. The aroma or odour inside your fridge gives you a good idea of the freshness of your fridge. There’s nothing quite as disturbing as getting ready to prepare a meal and opening the fridge to find unidentifiable bad smells! Ewww.
It often takes too long to find out what’s causing the stench. Food gone bad? A spill on the shelves? Mold growing behind the door? Decaying insect? These are the questions that daunt you afterwards.
Here are some simple ways to eliminate those bad smells and ways to keep it from coming back in the future.
Clean the fridge thoroughly.
Go through every item in your fridge and throw out anything that could be rotten, or anything you honestly won’t eat in the next few days. Put all your remaining edible food in the freeze section, and unplug your fridge. You’ll be keeping the door open to clean, so it’s imperative that you save your food, as well as keep from wasting electricity. While you are cleaning, scrub the shelves, take out the drawers to soak in the sink, and wipe the space underneath the drawers. Don’t forget to swab the seal on the door but do it carefully lest you puncture it .
Use natural cleaning solutions.
No matter what ingredients are listed in a cleaning solution, it’s a little tricky to use chemical residues around your food. Luckily there are natural cleaning solutions that can be easily made with household ingredients. It’s safe to scrub all surfaces with half a cup of baking soda dissolved into a sink of warm water. Use a mix of half white vinegar and half water to really make that fridge shine.
Place natural odor absorbents on the shelves.
It’s common knowledge that you can keep an open box of baking soda in your fridge to prevent odors. More so, if you spread baking soda on a cookie tray to soak up odors, the larger surface area helps eliminate odors quickly. You can also mix half a cup of baking soda with a tablespoon of vanilla / lemon essence to tackle tougher smells. Other natural odor removers you can leave open in your fridge include a dish of coffee powder, a cup of white vinegar or even a bowl of oats!
For most of us the Refrigerator is a safe locker for food items. Its imperative that we give it a good deep cleaning once in a while.
Sometimes if the functioning of the fridge is compromised, the air flow inside the fridge is hampered and this may cause food to go bad and give rise to unpleasant odours.