The refrigerator is one of the most important appliances we use. It holds consistently cool temperatures to preserve food, medicines and other important agents. As they operate 24/7, they are heavily relied on for fresh produce and even to keep beverages cool. However, when you are hunting down ingredients to make a meal or to find a snack, opening the fridge to be greeted with nauseating odors will suddenly take away the appetite and will make you avoid opening the fridge for as long as possible. There are a number of sources that cause odors in the refrigerator. Thankfully, there are a few preventative measures you can do to avoid the odors.
Fridge Smells But There is No Rotten Food? Tips to Prevent Odors
Below are some helpful tips to prevent odors in the refrigerator.
1) Keep Food Properly Sealed. The food stored in your refrigerated should be properly sealed in air tight containers or zip-lock bags.
2) Refrigerator Cleaning Maintenance. Once a week, the refrigerator should be cleared out. Removing the clutter of leftovers and discarding any produce that might not have gotten consumed soon enough are the priorities. Avoiding an over filled refrigerator can ensure that food doesn’t slowly rot in the back, emitting horrible odors. Additionally, the refrigerator should be cleaned every 2-3 months with a disinfectant to ensure sanitation. Spills need to be wiped up immediately.
3) Correct Fridge Temperature Setting. To minimize the odors and at the same time keep your refrigerator’s energy use more efficient, the temperature should be set between 27 and 41 degrees Fahrenheit. If your settings do not show the temperature, consider installing a compacted thermometer.
4) Consistent Refrigerator Temperatures. Not only do they require the proper temperature, but it needs to remain consistent. Ensure the doors are firmly closed when not in use and avoid leaving the doors open for longer than necessary. If you notice the temperatures do not stay consistent within a 48 hour time period, call in a professional as it is likely in need of repairs.
Fridge Deodorizer & Odor Remover
If you are experiencing odors in your refrigerator, apply the following steps below to neutralize them.
Cleaning Refrigerator: When your refrigerator is already emitting odors, the first thing to do is to clean it from top to bottom, including the compartments and shelving. Turn the refrigerator off, and remove the contents. Be sure to toss out any expired or rotten food. If the task is going to take more than a couple hours, be sure to fill a cooler with ice and keep the necessities chilled. Remove the drawers and shelves and soak them in hot soapy water. As they soak, clean all the surfaces of the interior fridges including the top sides, back, bottom, and door. Wash and dry the removable pieces and reassemble the fridge. Turn the refrigerator back on and reload the contents.
Deodorizing Fridge: To neutralize any current odors lingering in the refrigerator, there several options to choose from and they are listed below.
Freshly Ground Coffee: Spread freshly ground coffee on a plate; you can also add some baking soda for extra strength and let sit for 24 hours.
Fresh Vanilla Smell: Saturate a few cotton balls with vanilla extract and place in the fridge for 3-5 hours. In addition to or on its own, you can also cut an orange or lemon into small wedges and leave it in the fridge uncovered for 8 hours or so.
Baking Soda: Invest in small box of baking soda and with it open, leave it in the fridge for 24 hours. After the 24 hours, throw away the box of baking soda.
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If your refrigerator continues to cause odors, there may be an issue with the temperature, call in a professional from Southwest Appliance Repairs of San Antonio to inspect the refrigerator to ensure there are no issues.