Stubborn Refrigerator Odors

by Lee Wyatt
(last updated July 5, 2010)

Before you begin working on stubborn refrigerator odors, you need to realize that first and foremost, you do not want to set your refrigerator outside, on its side, upside down, or unattended.. This can easily lead to several potential problems. For example, unattended refrigerators that have been left on their sides, or even upside down, can allow small animals or even children to get into them and become trapped. For this reason, do not leave your refrigerators outside, unattended. If they were left outside for any extended period of time, make sure that they are inspected by a trained repairman to ensure that there will be no problem when it is turned back on.

The best, and possibly most expensive, method for getting rid of a stubborn refrigerator odor is to actually use an ozone generator. While they are expensive, you can use them to help get rid of just about any kind of odor for the next several years. Simply plug it in, set it inside your refrigerator, and turn it on for an hour. After the time limit has gone, the smell should be to.

A less expensive method for dealing with stubborn refrigerator odors entails that you use some vinegar and some elbow grease. Apply some full strength vinegar (preferably white vinegar) to a sponge or washcloth, and then begin to wipe down all the surfaces of your refrigerator. Once you are finished, place a bowl full of full strength vinegar (again, white vinegar) into your refrigerator and allow it to sit there for two days. When you remove the bowl, the odor should be gone as well.

Another method that will work well to get rid of stubborn odors is to use lots of hot water, vinegar, detergent, baking soda, and bleach. Be aware though, that this method will require a lot of time, and possibly elbow grease. Wash your refrigerator thoroughly with lots of hot water and detergent. Allow it to dry, and then wash it again, this time with hot water and bleach. Allow the refrigerator to dry. Wash the refrigerator once again, but use warm water and vinegar, and allow the refrigerator to dry once more. Finally, rinse the refrigerator using cool water. After washing the refrigerator, place a large box of baking soda on every shelf in your refrigerator and close the door for two or there days. You may need to repeat this a few times, but if it doesn't work completely, pour a little bit of vinegar into a bowl and allow it to sit there for another couple of days. All offending odors should be removed.

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