Eco Friendly Home Maintenance fridge-odor

Published on January 9th, 2012 | by Sonya Kanelstrand

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5 Natural Remedies for Deodorizing a Refrigerator

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After the holidays come the leftovers. But even without big celebrations we sometimes get a bit over the limit with food and the way we store it. Did you know that apart from the artificial deodorizing agents you could employ some cheap green remedies to get rid of fridge odor?

You will be surprised to learn that all five options in my list are cheaper than you thought and you already have them in your kitchen, so why not try them next time you feel bad smell coming out of your fridge!

Before taking the first step though, I would like to remind you to place your food correctly in the fridge and to avoid storing food in open containers, so that the smells don’t blend. Once the smells from different foods combine foul-smelling chemicals are produced due to the low temperatures inside the fridge. Regularly check the expiration dates of your stored food and compost it.

Here are 5 natural ways to get rid of fridge odor 

  1. Make sure your fridge is clean. If not, turn it off, take everything out while it is defrosting, store the food on the balcony if it is cold enough outside, or in a cooler. Clean all the shelves and drawers with a thick paste of baking soda and water. Not only will you remove food stains but odor as well.
  2. You can then continue deodorizing your fridge with baking soda. Place an open container with baking soda inside and let it absorb the smells for at least 24 hours.
  3. If baking soda doesn’t help, you can also distribute freshly ground coffee evenly on a plate and put it in the fridge for 24 hours. Coffee is known to absorb smells effectively. Instead of throwing the coffee away after the 24-hour stay in the fridge you can mix it with soil and use it as a fertilizer for your home flowers.
  4. Another option you can consider is cutting an onion in half and placing it in the empty fridge overnight. Remove the onion and leave the door of the fridge open for a while.
  5. To freshen the smell of your fridge (with or without using the onion) you can also soak a piece of cotton wool in vanilla and leave inside for 12 hours which will produce a lovely fresh and clean aroma.

With these tips, you can easily keep your kitchen and fridge clean and fresh for a minimum price. Speaking of minimum price, here’s some refrigerator energy efficiency tips and habits that are sure to save you money and lower your carbon footprint.

Just remember that a fridge smells only as bad as its contents. Take care to choose your food wisely and to store it appropriately and you will rarely need to deodorize.

Do you have your own green recipe for a fresh smelling fridge? Share it with us in the comments!

[Woman holding her nose image via Shutterstock]



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About the Author

Sonya is a photographer and a creative artist sharing her Scandinavian experiences. Her blog Kanelstrand Organic Living has become the meeting point of a vibrant green community of eco-conscious artists and crafters from around the world. Sonya believes that people and nature can co-exist together in a healthy and inspiring union without harming each other. She implements the knowledge gained from studying Philology and Pedagogy in her approach to sustainable and eco-friendly living.



  • http://www.frugallysustainable.com Andrea @ Frugally Sustainable

    These are awesome tips! Now I’m motivated to clean my fridge:) I’ve never heard of the onion…love it. And the vanilla soaked cotton wool is brilliant. Thank you for sharing. I’m pinning this for later!

  • bia

    After cleaning the fridge with baking powder and water let it dry then coat it with vinegar, you can use cotton balls for this purpose. Let it air dry and place a big piece of coal inside the fridge and let it sty their in the fridge. after a few days replace it with another piece of coal. Coal absorbs all the foul smell and leave refrigerator smell free and green.

    • http://importantmedia.org/members/nelsonmelle/ Vivian Nelson Melle

      Wow, I didn’t know that about coal. Thanks for the information.

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