5 Cheap Natural Ways to Prevent Your Fridge from Smelling Bad.
Let’s face it, no one is perfect, we are all guilty of letting our leftovers find their way to the back of the fridge only to be found again thanks to its newly acquired scent. This doesn’t mean you have to strip your entire fridge and start filling it full of artificial deodorizing agents. There a number of healthy and incredibly inexpensive green remedies for combating unpleasant fridge odors.
What’s surprising about the following 5 methods in the list below is not only how much cheaper they are than shop bought fridge deodorizers, but that you probably already have some of them in your kitchen.
Before we begin going through the steps lets go over some basic etiquette for a fresh fridge. Storing food correctly will make a world of difference, try to avoid storing food in open containers, closed lids will prevent smells from blending. Once smells begin to combine from different food groups foul-smelling chemicals are released and are left to fester until you open the door.
Your vegetable draw is a great place to forget about food. It is very easy to just place your fresh veg into the draw on top of the existing content. Try to apply some form of rotation with your new and old vegetables, this will help to prevent items being forgotten about and going bad.
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- Number one is an obvious one but vital to have a sweet smelling fridge. Make sure it is clean! If it is not, unplug it, take everything out and wait for it to defrost, ensure that you store your food in a cool place like a cooler or outside if cold enough. Then mix up a thick paste of warm water and baking soda. Not only will this make light work of stubborn stains but it will also help remove unwanted odors.
- Staying with the baking soda theme, if you take a small open container (I know it is a sin but honestly this one helps) and fill it with baking soda, leave it at the back of your fridge for 24 -48 hours, it will absorb any unwanted smells.
- If you don’t have any baking soda in your house. An item that controversially makes it onto the foods that you shouldn’t put in your fridge list. Fresh coffee, beans or grounded, either will do the job. Coffee is known to absorb smells very effectively and will suck out any unwanted odors within 24 hours. This however, does make the coffee totally unusable. But instead of throwing it in the bin, you can mix it into your garden as coffee is amazing fertiliser!
- Make sure that you have set your fridge and freezer temperatures correctly. Article on how coming soon. If it is not cold enough the contents of your fridge will spoil faster, resulting in more unwanted odors. Too cold and you’ll be pointlessly wasting energy that will affect you economically and environmentally.
- A great way to give your fridge a fresh smelling odor, that isn’t harmful to the contents is with vanilla. Place some cotton wool into a container and soak it in vanilla. Leave this inside your fridge for 12-24 hours and it will produce a lovely refreshing aroma.
With these few bits of advice, you will have a fresh smelling clean fridge without breaking the bank. Just remember that a fridge can only smell as bad as its content.