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Part 2: Getting Rid of Unwanted Appliance Smells

Mar 26

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3/26/2012 8:31 AM  RssIcon

Your refrigerator smells? That stinks! The first step in dealing with a smelly refrigerator takes a little bit of time since the first step is cleaning it. The tricky part is getting it done before your food spoils since you really need to take everything out to be thorough. Freezer packs and coolers would come in handy if you have access to some to keep your food cold while you’re cleaning. If you don’t have enough coolers, your kitchen sink actually makes a decent cooler in a pinch. Wipe down the whole inside of the refrigerator with an all-purpose cleaner. Get every surface and especially every crack and crevice. Remove the drawers and clean every surface of those as well. Clean out the drain pan below the refrigerator (which will require you to remove the bottom panel). Be careful as you remove this pan in case it has water and/or debris in it. It’s possible you’ll need to clean the drain lines running down to the drain pan as well. Pay close attention to the seals on the doors as they can build up moisture and begin to get moldy. If this is the case, carefully wipe them down with a diluted bleach solution or mold-killing cleaner. One common solution to minor odors is to leave an open container of baking soda, coffee grounds, or activated charcoal in the refrigerator to absorb the odors. Keep in mind these will need to be changed on a regular interval.


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