5 Earth-Friendly Ways to Eliminate Refrigerator Odors

Have you ever opened your refrigerator door and been hit with an awful aroma? You threw out those old leftovers days ago. So why is your refrigerator still stinky? Refrigerators are notorious for holding onto bad odors, even long after the offending leftovers and spoiled food has found its way to the trash.

Before you decide to blast your fridge with expensive and potentially harmful commercial cleaners, consider these 5 nontoxic items that can freshen up your refrigerator. In fact, several of them are probably in your pantry right now.

  1. Baking Soda: This is the classic fridge cleaner and odor absorber. If your refrigerator is smelling particularly bad, make a paste using water and baking soda. Then empty the refrigerator and use a washcloth or clean rag to apply the paste to the walls and shelves of the unit. Let it sit for 15 minutes, then wipe it off with a clean cloth. Any bad odors will leave with the baking soda. After the deep clean, place an open box of baking soda on the shelf in your fridge and replace it every 2 to 3 months to keep odors at bay.
  2. Freshly Ground Coffee: Probably one of the most heavenly aromas known to your nose, freshly ground coffee is also an excellent odor absorber. If your refrigerator is smelling less than fresh, put about 3 tablespoons of freshly ground coffee beans in a small bowl or cup and place it in your refrigerator. You can use coffee as a quick “anytime” freshener or after using the baking-soda cleaning technique above. The only drawback is that coffee goes stale rather quickly, so you’ll need to replace the coffee in your fridge about once a week.
  3. White Vinegar: Vinegar does have a strong odor itself, but it also has amazing abilities to neutralize even the most stubborn smells. Create a cleaning solution by mixing equal parts vinegar and water in a spray bottle. Then, spritz your fridge liberally and wipe it down. Placing a small bowl of vinegar in your fridge will keep your fridge smelling fresh.
  4. Refrigerator Air Filters: Rather than simply masking odors, these devices use a process to eliminate foul odors from your refrigerator and freezer by trapping, neutralizing and removing odor-causing molecules. You can buy air filters separately, or get a refrigerator like this Sub-Zero model with built-in air filtration technology that goes a step further to scrub the air of ethylene gas, bacteria, mold, and viruses.
  5. Lemon or Vanilla: As a final step after cleaning your fridge, try rubbing a bit of fresh lemon or pure vanilla extract around the edges of your refrigerator’s shelves. While this won’t kill odors, you will be greeted with a pleasant aroma each time you open the refrigerator door.

The next time your refrigerator smells less-than-fabulous, try one of the techniques above and start breathing freely around your fridge again. And if you think that your fridge is just way too funky for your food, then stop by Reno’s Appliance. 

Reno’s Appliance has a large selection of refrigerators from top-of-the-line brands including Sub-ZeroBosch, and Frigidaire in a range of popular styles such as French doorbottom freezer, and top freezer. We also carry compact refrigerators, which are perfect for small apartment, dorm rooms, or the office. You’ll even find a nice selection of sleek and stylish wine refrigerators.

Reno’s Appliance was founded in 1951 as Reno’s Radio & TV. Since then, the shop has grown to become the one-stop home appliance source trusted by thousands. Reno’s sons continue to carry on the tradition set forth by their father and exhibit exceptional customer service. We have every home appliance you will possibly need. Stop by our showroom in Paterson, NJ to view our selection.