There is no doubt that the most important appliance in the kitchen, right after the stove, is the refrigerator. The refrigerator is responsible for storing easily perishable foods. However, due to a number of reasons such as improper storage, high temperatures in the latter period, and neglected cleaning, it leads to the development of an unpleasant odor. Fridge odors are very common as we store all kinds of food inside, especially in summer. Sometimes it can happen that a strong odor permeates the refrigerator to the point that it is very difficult to remove.
Refrigerator, never had it like that: here’s how to clean it from top to bottom!
From time to time, it is advisable to carry out a thorough cleaning of the refrigerator. To do this, it is necessary to empty it completely and use specific products to proceed with disinfection. It is also possible for grease to accumulate on the walls of the refrigerator, which can promote germ reproduction. If your refrigerator emits an unpleasant odor, it is possible that a food item is in poor condition. Locate the food causing the odor and remove it immediately before it contaminates surrounding foods. If you cannot locate the source of the odor, your refrigerator probably needs a general cleaning. It is recommended to clean the refrigerator once every two months so that the food is stored properly. General cleaning also includes disinfecting drawers and trays. A deep cleaning is therefore necessary!
Follow these steps to keep your refrigerator clean:
- Turn off the appliance and unplug the electrical outlet.
- Remove the food and store it in a cool place. If possible, put them in cooler bags with iced siblings.
- Clean the refrigerator with a soft cloth, warm water and a little vinegar or baking soda. Then rinse with water only.
- Clean the door gasket, then dry it completely.
- Once the refrigerator has been cleaned, turn the appliance back on and place food on the correct shelves.
It is recommended not to use cleaning products or abrasive solvents such as chloride or acids. Despite thorough cleaning, the bad odor may persist. To avoid those bad smells in the refrigerator, it is important to know how to store food.
First, it is recommended that food be stored in tightly sealed containers to maintain its properties and not contaminate other foods. Once protected, they should be stored in their respective drawers. Easily perishable foods such as meat and fish should be placed in the lower shelf, cheese, milk and cold cuts in the middle shelf, cooked foods, yogurt, on the upper shelf, fruits and vegetables in the lower compartment. As for beverages, sauces and butter in the side door compartment.
Cork in the refrigerator, leave it there overnight
Regardless, you can also use tricks to prevent the appearance of bad odors by placing efficient, safe and inexpensive natural odor absorbers inside the refrigerator. Among them, you can take advantage of corks. Instead of throwing them away, you can use them to eliminate odors! Just cut the cork in half and add a few drops of essential oil of your desired fragrance. If you love citrus, this is perfect, as this aroma is widely used in cooking. Place the flavored cork in a glass or even on a saucer and place it inside your refrigerator. The cork will release a nice citrus scent and ensure that your food does not absorb bad odors. For this remedy to be effective, be sure to replace it regularly, every 2-3 days.