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How to get an onion smell out of a refrigerator

Onions are a member of the lily family, growing from bulbs just as lilies do. While onions are still in their peeling the odour is almost nonexistent, but from the time you cut into an onion until the time you finish consuming it or dispose of it, the strong, overpowering scent lingers. Even a well-sealed plastic bag may not be enough to prevent onion smells from permeating your refrigerator. Once they do, removing the onion smell is important before it affects the other food in your refrigerator.

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  1. Fill your bucket with a 50/50 solution of white vinegar and water. Remove the offensive onion and any other food near it from the refrigerator. Wash the inside of your refrigerator with the vinegar solution to begin the cleaning and deodorising process.

  2. Prop open your refrigerator door for 15 minutes. Allow the inside to dry and air out.

  3. Fill two bowls with baking soda. Place one bowl at the site of the onion smell in your refrigerator. Set the other bowl on the bottom shelf.

  4. Leave the bowls of baking soda in your refrigerator for two to three days to absorb the smelly onion odour.

  5. Throw away the baking soda. Place a few drops of vanilla extract on a cotton ball. Leave the cotton ball in your refrigerator to get rid of any remaining onion smell.

  6. Tip

    Use coffee grounds or activated charcoal in place of the baking soda to absorb odours from your refrigerator. Store leftover onions in airtight plastic containers.

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Things You'll Need

  • White vinegar
  • Bucket
  • Clean cloths
  • Bowls
  • Baking soda
  • Cotton ball
  • Vanilla extract

About the Author

Mary Ylisela is a former teacher with a Bachelor of Arts in elementary education and mathematics. She has been a writer since 1996, specializing in business, fitness and education. Prior to teaching, Ylisela worked as a certified fitness instructor and a small-business owner.

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