People use refrigerators every day and yet most people fail to take proper care of it. Because of all the food we keep in it and for months at a stretch in some cases, it begins to give off a foul odor if not cleaned regularly. In fact, the stench coming out of a refrigerator can be so horrible that people are sent dashing in to bathroom to puke. This especially happens when a refrigerator with meat and half opened canned food is left without power supply for a few days. In such case, there can even be maggots crawling all over the inside walls and trays. But even when the power supply is on constantly, a refrigerator can still smell because of the leftover foods and uncooked foods that begin to go bad after a while. If your refrigerator smells, here are the steps to effectively get rid of the odor.
- Take out all the foods and put the refrigerator on defrost mode so that the remaining frozen bits and pieces will come off the walls and trays. As the cleaning process may take a long time, make sure to put all the perishable foods like meat and fish in a cooler.
- Throw away the foods that have gone bad or are in the process of going bad. A part of cleaning a refrigerator is to throw away rotting food because it is rotting food that is responsible for the smell in the first place.
- After the refrigerator is defrosted, switch it off and pull out the power supply. Take out all the removable trays and put them in a bowl of soapy water. Use a sponge to remove the dirt, grime and food from the trays and rinse them thoroughly with clean water. Now put them out in the sun to dry. This will kill off the remaining bacteria and germs sticking on them.
- Put some baking soda in water and stir the mixture thoroughly. Baking soda absorbs the odor from any surface and is good for removing all kinds of smells. Scrub the entire inner walls, ceilings and floors of the refrigerator using a soft scrubber, leaving nothing untouched. Do not use anything that can make cuts and scratches on the refrigerator.
- Wash the the inside of the refrigerator thoroughly with soap and water. At this point, you can also add some alcohol in the water because it acts as a disinfectant.
- Rinse the refrigerator with clean fresh water until all residues of the soap and baking soda are washed off.
- Leave the refrigerator open to dry and once it is dry, put back all the removable trays, switch it back on and shut it. Remember that you mustn’t leave the refrigerator open for too long as that might cause the cooling gas to escape which will render the fridge useless.