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REcently I noticed a sourish/stale smell in my fridge.''Time for
a cleaning'' I said. So last weekend I took EVERYTHING out, threw
away lots of stuff, took all the shelves and drawers out and
washed everything with soap and water....washed the walls
inside, the rim of the door. NOthing left untouched.
Put it all back, even bought new baking soda deodorizer.
It still smells, but not as much. As soon as I open the fridge,
I get a mild whiff.
Any ideas? anyone have this problemb before? I really don't want
to take it all apart and do it again, maybe with bleach or wash
with baking soda, but maybe that'll be the only answer.
Your input will be appreciated.
smelly fridge mom
You didn't mention the age of your fridge, but if it is older
try this. In older fridges, there is a drip pan that collects
condensation. Typically it evaporates, but sometimes the water
collects and as it sits under the fridge, it begins to get stale
and smell. To reach the drip pan, you need to pop the grill off
the bottom of the fridge and you should see and be able to slide
the pan out to wash it. I had to do this a couple of times
growing up. Again, it needs to be an older fridge with a grill
below the bottom door.
You say you cleaned the refrigerator thoroughly. I'm just
checking to make sure you also cleaned out the freezer. Funky
smells definitely migrate from freezer to fridge. You might also
try a couple of cut lemons. I wouldn't use bleach in your
refrigerator---if you have to wash it a second time use vinegar.
Vinegar has good disinfectant properties.
you also might want to get a thermometer for the fridge and
freezer, to make sure both are working properly.
When mine gave off a strong odor, I checked the drip pan, washed
the entire applicance (including sealer strips) with vinegared
water, and dusted the coils, and swept and washed the floor
beneath. I also put a half lemon, a dish of baking soda and an
open container of charcoal in both.
None of it worked.
Turned out that the entire appliancewas cycling on and off,
freezing, then thawing, then freezing again, causing the unit to
In my case, it was the fridge's last whimper.
I wish I had used the thermometer sooner. it would have saved me
from eating meat that had turned.
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