How to Make a Refrigerator Smell Better

Updated February 21, 2017

A stinky refrigerator can have a number of causes, but there are ways to keep your fridge smelling fresh and clean. Organising and cleaning the refrigerator properly are essential to keeping it from smelling bad. General housekeeping principles are all that is needed to ensure it is not a source of unpleasant kitchen odour, or to solve the problem if something in the refrigerator has become a source of bad smells.

Empty the refrigerator. Separate any spoiled food and dispose of it; food left too long in the fridge can begin to stink.

Add 1 cup bleach and 2 cups water to a bucket. Dip paper towels in the mixture and scrub the inside of the fridge. Bleach cleans and disinfects.

Place vegetables and fruit in the produce drawers to keep them fresh longer and avoid the smells they can cause. Organise the rest of the items in the fridge to conserve space. Place odorous items such as cheeses in closed drawers.

Put an open box of baking soda at the back of a shelf inside the refrigerator. Baking soda helps neutralise some food odours and can keep the fridge smelling fresh. Replace the baking soda every three to four months.

Keep leftovers and opened food items in airtight plastic containers. They help to keep odours in and stop them from escaping the fridge.

Things You'll Need

  • Bleach
  • Bucket
  • Paper towels
  • Baking soda
  • Plastic containers
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About the Author

Bailey Shoemaker Richards is a writer from Ohio. She has contributed to numerous online and print publications, including "The North Central Review." Shoemaker Richards also edits for several independent literary journals and the Pink Fish Press publishing company. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in creative writing from Ohio University.