Nothing’s more unsettling (or embarrassing!) than opening up your fridge to a mysterious, stinky smell. More often than not, this happens when the fridge is absolutely crammed with food, making it near impossible to find the source of the smell, let alone deal with it.

Getting rid of the nasty smell is never fun, but it’s best dealt with sooner rather than later. Here’s our quick guide for getting rid of that stink once and for all!

  1. Clean your fridge, top to bottom, front to back. It’s best just to get it over with. Take out all of your food, tossing away anything that might be rotting. If you’re moving quick, you don’t need to worry about refrigerating your food, but otherwise, you can place it on ice in a cooler. Unplug your fridge to save electricity and scrub down every last surface. Make sure to use natural cleaning solutions, like a 50/50 solution of white vinegar and water, or baking soda and warm water. It’s best not to use harsh cleaning solutions around food that you’ll be eating later!
  2. Use odor removers. If the smell is really potent, there’s a good chance it will linger even after cleaning. Never fear: some baking soda can help get off any tricky odors. A classic remedy is to put an open box of baking soda in your fridge, but you can supercharge this approach by using a cooking tray and spread the out the baking soda. With extra surface area, the baking soda will soak up any unpleasant smells even faster. If the smell persists, try mixing baking soda with a tablespoon of vanilla.
  3. Keep your fridge from getting smelly in the first place. Odds are, your fridge got smelly in the first place because someone forgot about some fruits or veggies (but we’re not pointing any fingers). An easy solution is to place those foods in a place where you won’t forget about them up front or on a top shelf, where you’ll think to use them or toss them before they get smelly. Additionally, use airtight containers, as this will preserve the food for longer and contain any bad odors. Worst comes to worst, date your food with masking tape and a sharpie — that way you can make sure to eat up food before it gets too old.

Cleaning your fridge is just another part of regular maintenance to keep it in good shape. After all, if your fridge is working and well-maintained, it should smell nice too!

If you need any extra help maintaining your fridge, don’t hesitate to give us a call at Doc’s Appliance Services. We’ve seen it all so we can give you the expert advice you need or come out to take a look ourselves. Call today!