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Get Rid of Refrigerator and Freezer Odors

Author: Disabled World : Contact: www.disabled-world.com

Published: 2014-02-25 : (Rev. 2020-04-06)

Synopsis and Key Points:

Tips and information on how to get rid of fridge and freezer smells and how to dispose of old refrigerator units.

Your refrigerator and freezer are the two most important pieces of equipment in the kitchen for keeping your food safe.

If food has spoiled in a refrigerator or freezer and odors from the food remain, they may be difficult to remove.

Main Digest

Refrigerator and freezer odors develop when foods are not sealed properly or are allowed to spoil inside the appliances. Sometimes strong scents transfer to other foods as well, affecting both their smell and taste.

Refrigerators and freezers are two of the most important pieces of equipment in the kitchen for keeping food safe. We are instantly reminded of their importance when the power goes off, flooding occurs, or the unit fails, causing food to become unsafe and spoil. The odors that develop when food spoils can be difficult to remove.

If food has spoiled in a refrigerator or freezer and odors from the food remain, they may be difficult to remove. The following procedures may help but may have to be repeated several times.

If odors remain, try any or all of the following:

Illustration of a green smelly odor cloud.
Illustration of a green smelly odor cloud.

If odors cannot be removed, then the refrigerator or freezer may need to be discarded. If you need to discard the refrigerator or freezer, discard it in a safe manner:

Also see our chart showing what vegetables can be frozen.

We also provide a free chart of freezer storage times for frozen and refrigerated food.

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