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How to cure a stinky fridge 101

So far we’ve covered lots of tips that will change the way you use your fridge, but we forgot one thing… what to do about a stinky fridge! That’s right… We’ve all been there and I know we can all relate to having that urge for a midnight snack only to search out where that foul smell is coming from! It’s not the trash again, is it?!

Let’s say you open up the fridge looking for a snack when WHAM… that smell hits you right in the face! Then all of the sudden you lose your appetite, or if you’re like me you close it and see what’s in the kitchen pantry! Here are a few tips to get rid of the stinky fridge smell quickly and affordably!

14 Cures for a Stinky Fridge, inside of refrigerator, lemon, baking soda

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5 different hacks to get rid of the stinky, smelly, fridge

1. Baking soda in a jar

I know that we’ve all heard that you should keep a box of baking soda in the fridge to keep odors at bay, right?  I also like to try this idea for even more odor-fighting effectiveness: put the baking soda in a shaker jar. I also like to put it in a cup and place it on the shelf in the fridge that way there is more airflow as well! The more baking soda is exposed to the air both ways, allowing it to absorb more odors. If you want to go the extra mile put a couple of drops of essential oils in the baking soda too! I like the citrusy smells the best.  Essential oils are a great way to boost the fresh smell to get the stink out!


2. Baking soda in a coffee filter

If your anything like me you needs your coffee wake me up in the morning! Coffee in the morning, coffee in the afternoon, coffee in your refrigerator?? Sure why not! There is another idea that involves coffee you simply put some baking soda in a coffee filter, tie it up, and put it in your fridge. This was such a genius idea and so simple and convenient too! This allows for plenty of circulation and absorption of odors, too. (Take a look at our coffee filter ideas for more ways to use them!)coffee filter refrigerator freshener


3. Charcoal

I personally love charcoal to get rid of toxins in your body! Why not use it for getting rid of stinky smelly refrigerator smells too?! Sure why not?! This idea was a new one for me but it might just do the trick for you! All you have to do is put a few briquettes in a bowl in the fridge or use one of these handy Fridge-It cubes to hold charcoal and hang it out of your way. (Get it here!)

charcoal in fridge

4. Newspapers

Newspapers are great for reading but they also help absorb smelly odors as well! Remember that time your kid turned the switch off on the front of the deep freezer from our basement and we had no idea for days! Imagine the horrendous smell?? So when the power goes out or your son decides to turn off your freezer and food has gone bad in the fridge or freezer, it can take several days to get the stink out. In addition to the charcoal idea above, clear out all the food and stuff lots of newspapers inside. Repeat for a few days until the odors are gone.

newspapers in fridge


5. Press ‘N Seal

So when you think of press and seal I am thinking of those sticky things that you place in the bottom of kitchen cabinets! There are so many other uses including in your fridge! This is just another genius trick to prevent smells is by cleaning up messes FAST. It can make cleanup a breeze by applying Press ‘N Seal wrap to your refrigerator shelves. Have a spill or a mystery sticky substance? Just pull up the wrap and replace it.

press n seal wrap in fridge


8 Tips on how to make your own refrigerator deodorizers:

 baking soda

 essential oils

 A little bit of water

They’re super easy, and you don’t have to worry about boxes or containers.

diy refrigerator deodorizers

1. Vinegar

I love vinegar for another all-natural cleaner that does the trick! Do you want a powerful cleaner that naturally eliminates odor? Vinegar is where it’s at! It’s one of my go-to’s for all-natural cleaning for refrigerator smells.  Make your own with heated vinegar and water (1 cup vinegar to 2 parts hot water). Add some essential oils to make it smell better. I like to use either lemon or lime, essential oils! The fresh citrus smells really helps get the stink out! Plus vinegar on its own doesn’t smell that pleasant!

deodorize your fridge naturally


2. Baking soda and water/vinegar

Springtime rolls around and you have some extra time on your hands so why not do some deep cleaning! The best way to deep clean your fridge whenever you have a super sticky mess on your hands.  Use baking soda and water (or baking soda and vinegar) to clean the shelves and drawers after you’ve removed them.

wipe down fridge


3. No mold allowed

Nobody likes the smell of mold, it can make you sick, and it’s really stinky and hard to get rid of! To do a thorough cleaning make sure that you really get in the nooks and crannies of the drawers and shelves, as sometimes mold can hide there. Luckily it’s a quick fix!  And a moldy fridge is a smelly fridge, my friends.

nooks and crannies in fridge


4. Check once/check twice

The best way to examine your stinky fridge is to get make sure you know the source of where the smell is coming from or you’ll never get rid of bad odors. Make sure to be extra diligent and look through the food items in your fridge to find spoiled produce, rancid dairy products, or anything else that could be causing a funky odor.

clean inside your fridge


5. Lemons

One of my favorite smells on earth is lemon! There is just something about it that makes me scream “Clean”! Here is another great tip for getting the stinky smells out! Reuse those lemons after you’ve squeezed the juice out of them! Place them in a bowl in the fridge to give your refrigerator a fresh, citrusy scent. Say it with me now, mmmmmm, ahhhhhh! You might even want to eat the fridge it will be so squeaky clean!

lemon to freshen fridge


6. Coffee

Who loves coffee in the morning? I know I do! Don’t throw away those used coffee grounds instead,  here is a great way to save them from the morning! If you love the smell of coffee, reuse those old coffee grounds as an odor absorber in the fridge. You can use this fancy gadget or just put them in a bowl. It’s always a good idea to recycle when you can.

coffee grounds in fridge


7.  Dry oatmeal

If you have nothing else on hand at the time there is one more option and it’s something we all have in our lazy Susan or pantry!  If you’re all out of the above solutions, one thing almost everyone has on hand is oatmeal. That’s right, just put a bowl of dry oatmeal in the fridge to absorb that stinky smell. I would not recommend eating it after use so be sure to throw it out once the smell is gone!

oatmeal to absorb odors in fridge


8.  Refrigerator Deodorizer

Ok I have to be honest here, I have never heard of these before! Maybe it’s because I love DIY so much! There are so many different options that you can buy at the store if your not into DIY like me, that’s why right here is a really great refrigerator deodorizer.  You can buy some really effective ones for fairly cheap. There are  activated charcoal purifiers that you can purchase on amazon and stash it just about anywhere in the fridge.

activated charcoal air purifier


Want more tips for your fridge? Check out these posts!

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