Removing odors from the refrigerator

In a closed space, extra­ne­ous unpleas­ant odors very quick­ly appear. Any equip­ment, espe­cial­ly relat­ed to food stor­age, is no excep­tion. Even if you often wash the refrig­er­a­tor, but still the smell does not go away, then the ques­tion aris­es, how to remove the smell from the refrig­er­a­tor at home? There are many ways in which you can get rid of the caus­es of unpleas­ant odors.

Causes of an unpleasant odor

There are many rea­sons for the occur­rence, the pres­ence of which can lead to the appear­ance of unpleas­ant odors:

  • Unpack­aged prod­ucts. There are many foods that, even when fresh, can trans­fer their smell to the refrig­er­a­tor.
  • Block­age in the defrost sys­tem. If you did not pay due atten­tion to the defrost­ing and drainage sys­tems when wash­ing the unit, they may become clogged, which in turn will lead to stag­na­tion of water and a stink.
  • New tech­nique. New equip­ment can smell com­plete­ly “non-food” odors — plas­tic, machine oil or met­al.
  • Stale food. If you for­get to peri­od­i­cal­ly audit the prod­ucts stored in the refrig­er­a­tor, you can for­get about the long-bought sausage, which after a while will remind you of a very pecu­liar smell.

Causes of bad smells in the refrigerator

How to remove the smell of folk remedies

There are sev­er­al folk ways, using which you can remove the smell from the refrig­er­a­tor at home.

  • To remove an unpleas­ant odor will help — vine­gar solu­tion. One of the most com­mon­ly used odor con­trol agents is an aque­ous solu­tion of vine­gar essence. First you need to thor­ough­ly wash the refrig­er­a­tor com­part­ment. Then make a spe­cial mix­ture. Vine­gar is mixed with water in a one-to-one ratio, and the inside of the refrig­er­a­tor is wiped with this mix­ture, and left open for air­ing for sev­er­al hours. After that, wash the refrig­er­a­tor again.
  • You can remove the stink with lemon juice. An unpleas­ant smell from the refrig­er­a­tor can be removed at home by rins­ing it with a solu­tion of alco­hol and lemon juice. Take 1 table­spoon of lemon juice and 10 table­spoons of alco­hol. You can mix lemon juice with water in a ratio of 1 to 2. Wipe the unit well with a lemon-based solu­tion and put orange or lemon zest in the cham­ber to fix the effect. Wash the refrig­er­a­tor after a cou­ple of days.
  • Ammo­ni­um chlo­ride. Ammo­nia is an effec­tive rem­e­dy for elim­i­nat­ing any odors. The solu­tion is pre­pared as fol­lows: 1 table­spoon of ammo­nia is tak­en and dilut­ed in 1 liter of water. Wipe the refrig­er­a­tor cham­ber with this mix­ture.
  • Air ozoniz­ers help remove unpleas­ant odors and also dis­in­fect the air. If your refrig­er­a­tion unit is well cleaned inside, but the smell is still present, then the ques­tion may arise: “How to get rid of the smell in the refrig­er­a­tor?”. For these pur­pos­es, air ozoniz­ers can be used. This is an elec­tron­ic bat­tery-pow­ered device that dis­in­fects and removes odors from the air. In addi­tion, odor absorbers could be used. This is essen­tial­ly a car­bon fil­ter, pass­ing through which the air is puri­fied and acquires a nat­ur­al smell. It is not very dif­fi­cult to make an absorber and you can assem­ble it your­self.
  • Acti­vat­ed car­bon. Acti­vat­ed char­coal and char­coal are great for remov­ing odors. Coal must be crushed, placed in a small box and placed in the cham­ber of a well-washed refrig­er­a­tor for about a day. All for­eign odors should be gone.
  • Black bread. Wash refrig­er­ate. Take a fresh loaf of black bread, cut into small pieces and put a few pieces on each shelf. In such a not tricky way, you can elim­i­nate the smell in the refrig­er­a­tor.
  • Soda. Bak­ing soda can get rid of not very strong odors. Pour a small amount of soda on sev­er­al plates and arrange so that it is on each shelf.

Using these folk reme­dies, you will sure­ly be able to solve the prob­lem of how to wash the refrig­er­a­tor so that there is no smell.

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How to wash the refrigerator so that there is no smell?

Anoth­er sim­ple way that will help solve the prob­lem for­ev­er is how to get rid of an unpleas­ant smell in the refrig­er­a­tor. In order to quick­ly remove extra­ne­ous odors from the unit, you need to look through all the prod­ucts that are inside, throw away old and low-qual­i­ty ones, and defrost the refrig­er­a­tor. Thor­ough­ly wash the unit with a solu­tion of vine­gar, and then rinse its cham­ber with clean water. After that, wipe the refrig­er­a­tor dry, and plug it in. You should also rinse all the shelves with a solu­tion of vine­gar, or a solu­tion of vod­ka with water.

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How to remove strong odors inside

If the smell is strong and pun­gent, then more effort should be made to remove it. A very unpleas­ant smell can be from rot­ten meat or spoiled fish. In this case, you will not be able to remove the unpleas­ant odor with water alone.

Unplug the refrig­er­a­tor from the mains and remove all food and shelves from it. Take dish­wash­ing deter­gent and thor­ough­ly wash the refrig­er­a­tor com­part­ment. It is bet­ter if the prod­uct has a refresh­ing fra­grance. After that, wash the refrig­er­a­tor with clean water, and wipe dry with a soft cloth. After that, wipe every­thing with lemon juice. This method from the first time may not give the desired result, so you should wipe the refrig­er­a­tor with lemon juice a lit­tle more and leave it to be ven­ti­lat­ed.

Odor absorbers in the refrigerator

You can buy and install a spe­cial device — an odor absorber for the refrig­er­a­tor. A good refrig­er­a­tor odor absorber will help you get rid of mold, strong gar­lic odor, rot­ten meat or fish.

To quick­ly and effec­tive­ly get rid of pun­gent odors, it is nec­es­sary to use pro­fes­sion­al sub­stances. First, the refrig­er­a­tor is thor­ough­ly washed, allowed to air out and treat­ed with a spe­cial agent. If nec­es­sary, the pro­ce­dure is done sev­er­al times. The down­side of pro­fes­sion­al reme­dies is their price, there­fore, they should be bought only if folk reme­dies did not bring the desired result.


See also: How to remove mold from a wash­ing machine?

How to remove industrial smell from the refrigerator

To remove the indus­tri­al smell from the refrig­er­a­tor, it is nec­es­sary to thor­ough­ly rinse and dis­in­fect the inside of the refrig­er­a­tor. To get rid of the unpleas­ant smell of plas­tic from a new refrig­er­a­tor, you must do the fol­low­ing:

  • Dis­solve soda in water in a ratio of 1 to 4 and rinse the refrig­er­a­tor com­part­ment.
  • Clean and dis­in­fect the inside of the refrig­er­a­tor using an alco­hol solu­tion.
  • Ven­ti­late the refrig­er­a­tor for 10–12 hours, and then leave orange or lemon zest in it for 6–12 hours. Cit­rus peels are an odor absorber for the refrig­er­a­tor and their use should com­plete­ly elim­i­nate the odor.

House­hold chem­i­cals:

  • Absorbents are an odor absorber for the refrig­er­a­tor; they are glued to the walls or laid out on the shelves of the refrig­er­a­tor. With their help, you can very effec­tive­ly remove unpleas­ant odors from the refrig­er­a­tor. The prod­ucts can pro­vide a com­fort­able smell for 4 months from the moment of appli­ca­tion. This method is very pop­u­lar in Europe. Before using them, thor­ough­ly wash the refrig­er­a­tor com­part­ment.
  • Spe­cial sprayers for clean­ing refrig­er­a­tors. With this hygiene prod­uct, you can eas­i­ly remove all for­eign odors in the refrig­er­a­tor. The spray does not need to be washed off after pro­cess­ing the refrig­er­a­tor, but the cham­ber should be washed before pro­cess­ing with a chem­i­cal com­po­si­tion.
  • Wet wipes are great for clean­ing the refrig­er­a­tor inside and out.

It is worth not­ing that it is impos­si­ble to wash the refrig­er­a­tor with clean­ing prod­ucts, as they con­tain abra­sive sub­stances and can scratch the sur­face of the refrig­er­a­tor com­part­ment.

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