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Get Rid of Refrigerator and Freezer Odors

  • Published: 2014-02-25 (Rev. 2015-02-07) - Contact: Ian Langtree at Disabled World
  • Synopsis: Tips and information on how to get rid of fridge and freezer smells and how to dispose of old refrigerator units.

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"Place a small bowl of fresh non-scented unused cat litter in the fridge and it will take away the odor."

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:

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:



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