How to Avoid Refrigerator Odor | Part One

It’s Time To Fight Refrigerator OdorRefrigerator Odor

In the kitchen, there’s nothing more vexing than opening the refrigerator to grab something to nibble on or to cook dinner with and being hit in the face by foul scents. Refrigerator odor is a quick way to ruin your desire to eat. It can be difficult to discover the reason for the refrigerator smell responsible for ruining your appetite. Avoid an experience like this by reading the following approaches to settle any bad scents and keep your refrigerator smelling pleasant. This blog post is part one of a two-part series.

Use Airtight Containers

It’s easy to be tempted to keep your restaurant leftovers in the take-out container the restaurant gave you and once you get home, to place them inside your fridge without a second thought. The problem with this is it’s one of the easiest and quickest ways to cause odor in your refrigerator. Take the extra step to transfer your leftover food into an airtight container to stop any smells from your food from spreading. An added bonus of making this effort is your food will stay fresh longer as well.

Write It Down

When putting away leftovers, be sure to write the date and time you first put it in the fridge. This way you can avoid playing the guessing game on how old your food is. If you see the food is past the point of being edible, take the container out of the fridge and toss what’s inside. Be sure to look at the date on on the container before opening the lid while it’s still inside your fridge. Opening the lid causes air to come in contact with the bad food. This will result in a rotting smell spreading all over your fridge. This smell can be hard to get rid of. By writing the date on your food, you’ll not only be helping to avoid a foul smelling fridge, you won’t have to worry that you might be taking a risk eating food that has gone bad and becoming ill as a result. It’s a win-win in our books.

Baking Soda

Now you might have heard this trick to help stop refrigerator odor before: place a container of baking soda in your fridge and freezer compartments to help keep smells at bay. But you may not know you should be changing the baking soda container out for a fresh one every 30 days though. You might be asking how can you possibly know when it’s time to change out the baking soda in your fridge/freezer. The solution is simple. Similar to the tip before this one, just write the date on the side of the container. When 30 days have passed, throw out the old baking soda and replace it with a fresh container. By having fresh baking soda, your refrigerator will stay fresh and you’ll be worry free about any possible obtrusive odors.


Our refrigerators are meant to keep our food and drink fresh and safe to eat. Unfortunately, it’s a part of life that all things organic, (as in living,) decompose eventually, resulting in odor. By following these tips, you can help keep your fridge smelling the best it can. Do you have any tips for avoiding refrigerator odors? Share them with us on Facebook! If you’d like some more helpful advice on how to avoid refrigerator odor, click here for part two.

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