Bad odors coming from inside a refrigerator can be pretty unpleasant. Besides the bad odor, offensive smells inside the refrigerator could also spell refrigerator problems. Although most of the time food odors are a just a result of having different kinds of food in the refrigerator, they can sometimes indicate a need for refrigerator repair services as well.
So how should an appliance owner deal with unpleasant odors in their refrigerator? First, ensure there is not a problem with the appliance that requires refrigerator repair from a refrigerator repair company. If the refrigerator is running fine, try some of the following easy and all natural options to get the appliance smelling fresh once again.
Fresh Smelling Baking Soda and Lavender
Many people put a box of plain baking soda in the back of their refrigerator to help keep it smelling fresh. Baking soda absorbs extra moisture that is often to blame for a stale smell or other refrigerator odors. Baking soda works even better when a little fresh lavender is added. Fill a dredger or shaker jar that has holes in the lid three-fourths full of baking soda; then add the slightly crushed leaves from ten or so sprigs of fresh lavender, on top. If no fresh lavender is available, lavender essential oil can be added instead. Set the shaker in the back of the refrigerator and it will keep things smelling fresh and clean for months.
Clean Scented Citrus Peels and Sea Salt
Citrus is another highly effective way to remove offensive odors. Cut an orange in half and remove all the fruit, leaving a cup made from the orange peel. Fill the orange peel cup with 2 teaspoons of sea salt which will draw in moisture. Put the filled orange peel in a small bowl and set it out of the way, somewhere at the back of the refrigerator. The citrus scent will fill the compartment, while the salt helps keep moisture down.
Purifying Vanilla Extract Cotton Balls
Vanilla is another cleansing scent that can remove bad refrigerator odors. Pour a tablespoon of pure vanilla extract on a small plate with a few cotton balls on top of it. Allow the cotton balls to completely absorb the vanilla extract. Put the plate with the cotton balls on it in a hidden spot towards the back of the refrigerator. The cotton will absorb moisture inside the refrigerator, while the vanilla extract fills it with a gentle, pleasing scent.
Deodorizing Alka Seltzer Tablets
To absorb odors without adding any other scents, Alka Seltzer tablets also work quite well. Just put one or two dry Alka Seltzer tablets into a small glass and put the glass at the back of the refrigerator. The Alka Seltzer will absorb bad odors as quickly as overnight.
When musty, moist food smells are the first thing you notice when opening the refrigerator door, it might be time to try one of the simple methods referenced above to remove them. Each method should do the trick quickly, getting any refrigerator smelling sweet in no time. In the event these techniques do not help and food spoilage seems to be the problem, this could mean the appliance is in need of refrigerator repair services. Concerns that contribute to food odors and spoilage, such as thermostat or condenser problems, may require actual refrigerator repair from an experienced refrigerator repair company!