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How to remove nasty smells in the fridge

June 8, 2009 | Filed under Kitchen hygiene and habits

If you cut up an onion or garlic and leave it in the fridge, the oniony or garlicky smell can take over and taint other foods in the fridge.  Or if you leave something in the fridge for too long and it goes mouldy, other foods will get tainted. Fish is another smell that is hard to shift.

And if you turn the power off and leave the fridge door closed for more than a few days, you will find a hard-to-shift smell when you open the door again.

To get rid of odours caused by these or any other causes put a small dish of baking soda and water paste or an open bottle of vanilla essence in the fridge and leave overnight.

If you still can’t shift the odours, then wash the inside of the fridge with a very strong solution of ¼ cup baking soda and ½ cup white vinegar.

If you just want to freshen up your fridge, wash the interior with a clean cloth soaked in a solution of baking soda and vinegar or put some fresh stalks of mint in a small glass in the fridge.

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