What to do for the bad smell of my refrigerator?

United States
July 16, 2008 4:45pm CST
I keep my refrigerator always clean. But from last few months I am getting a bad smell coming out of my refrigerator few times when I open the door. I don’t know what the reason is for this. I checked every time and there is nothing rotten or any bad smelling thing. Just wonder how I stop that smell! Do you have any tip to stop that bad smell? Please share your experience and tips here.
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@Debs_place (10551)
• United States
16 Jul 08
Empty it out completely, wash it, all the drawers etc. Then get some baking soda, put it in a bowl and keep it in their. Change it every 2 weeks. It should help.
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• United States
16 Jul 08
I was also going to suggest the baking soda. I leave an open box of it in the back of my fridge. I believe there are rotting foods in there, but there really isn't a bad smell. Also, I learned this from my husband. He sells appliances, including refridgerators, and sometimes he has to take them back from a non-paying customer and clean them out. Well some smells never go away, so while the fridges sit on his showroom floor, he leaves dryer sheets in them. One in the main part, and one in each drawer. You can't smell anything when you open the doors.
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• United States
18 Jul 08
Thank you for your comment. I will try baking soda.
@deebomb (15350)
• United States
16 Jul 08
Do you have a tray under your fridge that catches the water from the automatic defrost? That could be where the smell is coming from. If your fridge doesn't have this tray I would suggest moving the fridge to see id there is something under or behind it if you haven't done that yet. Wadded up newspaper, charcoal, vinegar and baking soda are all supposed to absorb orders. .
• United States
18 Jul 08
The tray is not the problem, it is clean. The smell come only when I open the fridge. I guess I will try baking soda and newspaper.
• United States
16 Jul 08
First of all, check your temperature and make sure it is at it's correct point. If the smell continues to persist, try checking if there is rotten food by checking the expiring dates. If the smell continues, empty out your fridge completely (mentioned in the first comment) and wash all the drawers, etc. It is also mentioned to use baking soda and I agree with that, It helps eliminate any natural odor and doesn't make stains. Good luck
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@bamakelly (5194)
• United States
16 Jul 08
Well, actually I am wondering about your thermostat. Are things staying pretty cold? Well apparently nothing is rotting in your fridge. How about your freezer? One thing that I do if it would help any is keep a box of baking soda. It seems to help things stay fresh. Good luck.
• Philippines
29 Nov 08
Leave open container of baking soda, coffee grounds, or charcoal inside ref. These materials help absorb odor. Clean drain pan, if any, at least two or three times a year. This pan catches moisture when ref defrosts, thus, repulsive stuff is sure to be growing there. Cover or wrap foods so they will stay as is and odors won't transfer from one food to another.
• Pakistan
19 Jul 08
The best thingis to keep a pice of coal in a corner of your refrigerator. It absorbs all the bad smell. it's practically verified. so no need to messed up in cleaning or washing your refrigerator, just a piece of coal can work for you.
@Polly1 (12652)
• United States
17 Jul 08
I would take everything out and wash everything with a baking soda solution. You can also leave an opened box of baking soda inside. You can also wash everything with vinager and water. Also check the drip tray and see if something yucky is dried up in there. Also clean the rubber seal around real good, the rubber can hold the odor in.
@Thoroughrob (11772)
• United States
16 Jul 08
Have you checked the drain tray. It may be nasty. I searched and searched and never thought of checking the tray. Mine was under the fridge, but you only smelled it in the fridge. Put a box of baking soda in the fridge also.
• Canada
16 Jul 08
Did you try puting an open box of baking soda in the fridge? That's what I always do to get rid of the smell in my fridge.