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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

smelly fridge oh my!!

For the past couple of days I have had this funny smell in my fridge and I couldn't figure out what it was.  I wiped down everything and it still was there!! To my surprise it was some fresh strawberries I had in the fruit drawer!! I was shocked that something so yummy and sweet could smell so awful!!  I also have found that other yummy fruits and veggies that can cause a bad smell in the fridge without being spoiled...

Onions (all types)
Garlic
Spinach
Cabbage
Brussels sprouts
Kale
Bok choi
Turnips
Mustard Greens
Radishs
Daikon
Horseradish
Watercress
Broccoli
Cauliflower
Cantaloupe
Strawberries

Here's some tips on how to get rid of a smelly fridge and make it sparkle!!

Baking Soda
To get rid of smells and dried-up spills inside your refrigerator, remove the contents, then sprinkle some baking soda on a damp sponge and scrub the sides, shelves, and rinse with a clean, wet sponge. Don’t forget to place a fresh box of soda inside when you’re done.

Cotton Balls
Sometimes the refrigerator just doesn’t smell fresh. Dampen a cotton ball with vanilla extract and place it on a shelf. You’ll find it acts as a deodorizer, offering its own pleasant scent.

Lemons
Remove refrigerator odors with ease. Dab lemon juice on a cotton ball or sponge and leave it in the fridge for several hours. Make sure to toss out any malodorous items that might be causing the bad smell.

Salt
You’ve removed all the food and the racks from the fridge. Now mix up a handful of salt in 1 gallon  or so of warm water and use it with a sponge to clean the inside of the refrigerator. The mixture isn’t abrasive, so it won’t scratch surfaces. And you won’t be introducing chemical fumes or odors.

Tomato Juice
Get rid of spoiled-food smells in your refrigerator and freezer with the help of some tomato juice. After disposing of the bad food that caused the smell, thoroughly wipe the insides of the fridge and freezer with a sponge or washcloth doused in undiluted tomato juice. Rinse with warm, soapy water and wipe dry. If traces of the smell remain, repeat the procedure or substitute vinegar for the tomato juice.

Vanilla Extract
Having trouble getting rid of that bad odor in your refrigerator, even after scrubbing it out? Wipe down the inside of the fridge with vanilla extract. To prolong the fresh vanilla scent, soak a cotton ball or a piece of sponge with vanilla extract and leave it in the refrigerator.

Vinegar
Did you know that vinegar might be an even more effective safe cleanser for your refrigerator than baking soda? Use equal parts white vinegar and water to wash both the interior and exterior of your fridge, including the door gasket and the fronts of the vegetable and fruit bins. To prevent mildew growth, wash the inside walls and bin interiors with some full-strength vinegar on a cloth. Also use undiluted vinegar to wipe off accumulated dust and grime on top of your refrigerator. Of course, you’ll still want to put that box of baking soda inside your refrigerator to keep it smelling clean when you’re done.

WD-40
When soap and water can’t get rid of old bits of food stuck in and around your refrigerator, it’s time to reach for the WD-40. After clearing all foodstuffs from the areas to be treated, spray a small amount of WD-40 on each resistant spot. Then wipe them away with a rag or sponge. Make sure you wash off all the WD-40 before returning food to the fridge.

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