How to Remove Odors From a Refrigerator

Refrigerator odors are a common problem, with an easy solution. But remember that prevention is the key - clean and defrost your refrigerator every few months to keep those odors from coming back.

  1. Remove all items from the refrigerator. Take out any removable parts of the refrigerator and clean them separately.

  2. Mix together 2 tbsp. baking soda with a quart of warm water. Wipe down the inside surfaces of the refrigerator with this solution.

  3. Try a solution of 1 c. vinegar and 1 gallon of water, if the odor remains. Make sure to rinse and dry all surfaces before trying this solution.

  4. Mix 1/2 c. chlorine bleach with 1 gallon of water and apply to all surfaces, if the odor persists. Once again, rinse and dry all surfaces before applying this solution.

  5. Leave the door open and allow the refrigerator to air out.


  • If the odor is in the refrigerator insulation, there is nothing you can do to absorb it. The insulation may have to be replaced.
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