12 ways to get rid of the smell in the refrigerator
It was enough to open the door of the refrigerator, and a sharp disgusting smell of mold, spoiled food or musty hit the nose What now: change expensive equipment or call a master? To begin with, you can try to cope on your own. And we will tell you how!
1. General washing
The first and main way to start is to thoroughly clean the refrigerator. Without it, even the best odor absorbers will save only the consequences, and not the problem itself. Disconnect the refrigerator from the network, lay out and at the same time review the products, put them in the refrigerator bag or on the balcony.
Using a soft sponge, wash all walls, remove and rinse the shelves with a pallet, clean the joints and seals with a brush. You can take ordinary soapy water or special detergents (delicate and without abrasives). Dry everything thoroughly and wipe with dry towels so that no water remains in the corners.
Dilute the vinegar with water in half and wipe all surfaces after you wash them with soap. To protect your hands from aggressive solution, put on household gloves. After processing, open the windows in the kitchen and dry the refrigerator with an open door so that the characteristic sharp vinegar smell leaves.
Liquid ammonia destroys bacteria, removes odors and leaches the remaining stains. To make a solution, pour a spoonful of ammonia into a liter of water and mix. Wash a sponge in the liquid, wipe the entire contents of the refrigerator and ventilate.
4. Citric acid
Citric acid is a more pleasant cleaning and antibacterial agent without a pungent odor like vinegar or ammonia. Dilute a spoonful of powder or a few tablespoons of lemon juice per liter of water. You can add some regular alcohol.
Soak a sponge in the solution and wipe all the surfaces of the refrigerator, and to fix the result, you can go over the fresh zest. Or use a spray gun for spraying.
Soda well absorbs any odors and almost does not have its own. Pour the pack into a container or an unnecessary jar and leave it open somewhere in the corner of the refrigerator. About once a month, do not forget to clean and tear out the container, wash it and fill in fresh soda.
Put a cup of kitchen salt in the far corner of the refrigerator for several weeks. You can pour half a spoonful of lemon juice on top or drip a couple drops of essential oils. For example, citrus or tea tree (an excellent natural antiseptic).
Coffee also well neutralizes odors, but it has a pronounced. A can of any of the cheapest ground coffee or dried grounds that remained in the morning filter will do. Pour into a cup and put on a shelf in the refrigerator, changing as necessary.
Cut the washed orange, grapefruit or lemon with the peel and place the slices on plates in the refrigerator. Leave them for a couple of days and throw them away - that's enough to neutralize odors. Oddly enough, cut potatoes give the same result.
9. Activated carbon
It removes unpleasant odors in the refrigerator and ordinary activated carbon, which must first be crushed and calcined in the oven. You will need about 10-20 tablets that you need to sprinkle on a plate or on parchment. Put the powder in the refrigerator for 2-3 days and repeat the procedure every 3-4 weeks. There are ready-made store sinks with coal in the form of balls or pouches.
Powdered clay, which is sold in bags at pharmacies and cosmetics stores, is no worse. Use it on the same principle as coal. Take the white one - it just won’t leave any marks on the white walls.
11. Silica gel
If you still have bags with silica gel balls from shoes, soft toys, outerwear and equipment - then it's time. A dozen standard bags are enough for about six months. In addition to them, a gel or mineral-salt absorber is suitable.
12. Paper and newspapers
You can get rid of the smell in the lower trays of the refrigerator with crumpled newspaper balls. The main thing is to regularly throw them away and lay new ones at least once a week. This is a very simple and affordable way to remove the musty smell and at the same time forget about the damp!