Your fridge is the hub of your kitchen, and it has a smell. You may not have noticed this before, but every time you open up the door to grab some milk for breakfast or to get that leftover burger for lunch, there’s an odor coming from inside. And sometimes, these smells can be quite unpleasant, and then there are those times when the fridge smells like a dead animal. This is usually not a good thing because it means your food isn’t being stored in the right conditions. So let’s explore what you should know about this gross issue, so you don’t end up with smelly leftovers!
What Makes The Fridge To Smell?
The main culprits of a smelly fridge are bacteria and moulds. They thrive in moist environments, so you may be wondering where the moisture comes from. It could come from condensation or spilled food, to which humidity is added when outside temperatures increase. Once these microbes reach their “critical mass,” they emit an odour that lets us know they’re there! To combat this problem before it gets worse, try refrigerating your fruit for longer periods; do not place raw meat on the bottom shelf with perishable foods like fruits and vegetables because this will risk cross-contamination (this is also true if cooking poultry); clean up spills right away using baking soda diluted in water as a mild abrasive cleaner.
Locate the source
The best way to figure out what is causing the smell from your fridge is by checking where it seems most concentrated. For example, if you notice that food kept on top of a refrigerator door starts spoiling more quickly than any other items in the fridge, then try inspecting this area first. If no cause can be found there, keep sniffing around until you have located anything spoiled or smelly and remove these things immediately!
The best way to clean your refrigerator
The best way to clean your refrigerator is to wipe down the shelves and door with vinegar and water. Do this every month or so, depending on how often you use it.
Things You Will Need:
– Cleaning cloths or paper towels that are made of lint-free materials like microfiber
– Vinegar – A 10 per cent solution of vinegar and water works best
– Baking soda – To scrub down any tough grime on the surface
1. Take out everything from your refrigerator. Place any perishable foods in a cooler with ice to prevent them from spoiling before you can put them back in the fridge after cleaning them. Empty the ice trays as well.
2. Wipe down each shelf of your refrigerator with the vinegar solution and paper towels or rags. Work one shelf at a time until all of the shelves have been wiped clean. You may need to use baking soda on tough spots that might be stuck onto the surface of the refrigerator if they don’t come off with the vinegar. Make sure that you rinse all of the solution and baking soda down your drain.
3. Once everything has been wiped down, start to put all of your food items back in the refrigerator. Please keep them in airtight containers or plastic bags so they can’t spill over and cause any odors to come from your refrigerator.
4. Keep your fridge at a temperature of 37 degrees F or below, and make sure that any custom settings you had it on remaining the same.
5. Clean out your condenser coils with baking soda and water to prevent mold growth every few months. You can also clean them with vinegar, which will kill off any bacteria in the coils.
6. Clean out your fan filters every month by removing them and rinsing them off in water to help prevent odours from being trapped inside the fridge that can smell bad. You may need to spray a disinfectant cleaner onto any bugs or insects that might be trapped in the filter as well if they are still alive. You should replace the filters if they become dirty or dusty regularly to help prevent any foul smells from developing inside your refrigerator.
7. Switch out all light bulbs in the fridge with new ones once they break or die, as this can cause strange smells to develop in the fridge once you turn them on again.
How to avoid a smelly fridge
Here are a few tips to avoid having a smelly fridge:
How do you know if your refrigerator is smell like a dead animal? If there is a strange smell coming from the fridge, but it doesn’t seem like any food has gone bad, you need to check the condenser coils in the back of the refrigerator. These coils can become dirty and clogged from dust or food particles. They can also become clogged with insects and bugs that get trapped in your refrigerator over time, which is not good for the smell of your fridge.
If cleaning the condenser coils doesn’t do the trick, you need to check out the fan filters. These filters are located behind one of the vents in the back of the refrigerator. If they aren’t cleaned out regularly, this can cause the heat from the fridge to start smelling bad.
If you still have a clogged-up or dirty condenser coil and fan filter, then it could be time to replace them. These two parts can become weak and break down over time, so they must be cleaned regularly.
Why food smells bad when you store it incorrectly
One of the biggest reasons why your food can develop bad smells is due to improper storage. Make sure that you are storing all of your food properly; otherwise, you could be inviting bugs and insects into the fridge as well.
Only store foods that are safe to eat if they have gone off or expired. Anything that doesn’t look or smell right should probably be thrown away.
Store fruits and vegetables in sealed containers to make your fridge smell bad once they start to go bad.
If you have a lot of meat in the refrigerator, then use separate plastic bags for each type of meat and store them on opposite sides of the fridge. This way, the meat smells won’t mix and combine to form a foul odour.
If you have any cuts or wounds on your hands and then touch fruit in your fridge, wash your hands before touching anything else to keep bacteria from spreading from the meat onto other items stored in the fridge that can develop an unpleasant odour.
6: Your fridge needs some love too! Here are a few easy ways you can keep your fridge smelling fresh and new all year long!
Don’t leave half-empty cups or bottles around the interior of your fridge. This can create a moist environment that causes bacteria to grow and spread.
Dry off both fruits and veggies before you put them away, so they don’t leave any moisture in your fridge that can cause odours to form on other items.
If you have any containers of milk sitting in your refrigerator, be sure to shake them up now and again. This helps the milk keep fresh for longer because it breaks apart the fat molecules separating.
Dust out any vents and filters in your refrigerator once a month, which can help prevent bacteria from growing inside of the vents or top of the filter.
You can also add baking soda to your refrigerator’s water container each month, which will help to remove any bacteria that might be growing inside the ice cube trays. This will also help keep your ice cubes from developing strange odors or colors if you use them often to make drinks for yourself and your friends.
How often should you clean your refrigerator?
You should spend about 3 to 10 minutes each week cleaning out your refrigerator. Spot-clean any dirty or smelly areas immediately if you notice them forming first. Then, use a disinfectant cleaner to wipe down the inside of the entire fridge once or twice a month to remove bacteria, germs, and dirt that might be growing there.
Fridge smells are a common occurrence, but there are some steps you can take to make sure that your fridge is smelling fresh and new. If the smell in your fridge has become so bad that it’s making all of your food go rancid or sour, then it might be time for a deep clean!
Be sure to brush out any vents and filters once every month, dry off fruits before storing them away, store meat on opposite sides of the refrigerator (if applicable). I recommend you to use separate plastic bags for different types of meats if possible, avoid touching fruit with cuts/wounds and wash hands after contact with raw meat. This method will help keep bacteria from spreading throughout the fridge. It’s also important not to leave half-empty cups or bottles around the inside of the refrigerator, as these can create a humid environment in which bacteria thrive.