Bad smelling fridge?

We’ve all encountered that one fridge that releases a pandora’s box of evil smells each time it’s opened.

Besides testing your gag-reflex limits, it’s unsettling, embarrassing and not to mention, very bad for your health.

Before being tempted to clean the fridge and waste your life away, try your best to find the source of the smell first. The smell could covertly be absorbed and hosted by certain packaging.

So smell each and every item you remove. You will look strange doing this, so best be alone.

Once you have found the offending item, discard it!

Assuming it’s bad, you will need to clean everything!

Start cleaning

You will be working with water, so for safety, remove the fridge power cable.

Empty out the entire fridge and start wiping all the contents and the fridge with a solution.

Mix a vinegar and lemon solution 

You will need:

  • 1 spray bottle
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • 1/4 cup of lemon juice
  • Fill the rest of the spray bottle with water.

Clean the fridge contents

Spray and wipe all the fridge contents with the solution to get rid of absorbed smells.

With all food items cleaned and sanitized, place them in a cooler box filled with ice while you service your fridge.

Clean the fridge

Remove and wash all detachables, shelves and even those funny little egg holders with dishwashing detergent.  We do not recommend placing detachables in a dishwasher as they may melt or distort from the heat.

If you have a deodorizer in your fridge, unclip the cover and submerge the deodorizer in a bowl of warm water for 2 hours. Rinse and let it dry for about 8 hours before replacing.

You can still run the fridge with the deodorizer removed.

With the fridge completely empty, spray the entire inside of the fridge with the vinegar/lemon solution and let it stand for 10 minutes.

Do a wipe down using a soft cloth to remove any gunk. Make sure you reach all the places in the fridge. There is always a suspicious brown spot in the corner, so get it done.

Spray the fridge again with the solution and do another wipe down. 

Cleaning fridge door seals

Door seals will absorb dirt and smells. To clean, use the same vinegar and lemon solution and spray the seals.

Wipe down and if you really want, use a toothpick to remove stubborn gunk. Remember to lift the seals and clean under them without unscrewing them. If you have never cleaned under there before – surprise!

Never use a metallic or hard object to scrape as this will damage the seals.

Inspect the seals for damage. You can contact us or your fridge agent for replacements.

Give a quick service

While you’re at it, you might as well do a quick service on your fridge.

Pull the fridge forward to gain access to the back of the fridge. Clean the back of your fridge with a feather duster and dry paint-brush. Dust all vents, surfaces. If you will see a condenser (a black wavey thing at the back), brush it down and remove all dust and debris. A dirty condenser can cause a number of issues with a fridge.

Don’t attempt to remove any screws unless you have referred to your fridge service manual.

Feel accomplished

Wipe the outside of the fridge to feel like you’ve accomplished something, throw away old and dated fridge magnets, stand back and admire.

Once everything is cleaned and the fridge is back in place, you can plug in the fridge and start on deodorizing.


Get three saucers and add the following to each saucer:

  • 1/2 cup of coffee grinds (ask any friendly coffee shop)
  • 1/2 cup of bicarbonate soda
  • 1/2 cup of activated charcoal

Place the saucers into the fridge compartment on a few sheets of newspaper (Newspaper can also absorb bad smells).

Close the door and let the coffee, baking soda and activated charcoal absorb the smell for a few hours.

After a few hours, you can repack your fridge with the saucers still in there and discard later.

If you really want to be fancy, especially for dinner parties, you can drop a few cotton balls in some vanilla essence and place them in your fridge to give off a fresh smell.

To keep your fridge smelling fresh, place an open box of bicarbonate soda in your fridge. Include a date as you will need to change this every 3 months.

And that’s it. Pride and reputation restored.