How to Remove the Smell of Feta Cheese

Feta cheese is a white, semi-soft cheese frequently cooked into main dishes or sprinkled over salad.
When crumbled over a Greek salad, feta cheese adds a distinct flavor.When crumbled over a Greek salad, feta cheese adds a distinct flavor.
The pungent flavor adds to or complements the other foods with which it is blended. In addition to its distinct flavor, feta cheese also has a strong smell when kept in a contained area. Feta cheese kept in the refrigerator without proper wrapping or storage can cause an odor that greets you every time you open the refrigerator door.

Step 1

Remove the feta cheese and any other foods in the surrounding area from the refrigerator. If the smell is very strong, empty the entire refrigerator for a thorough cleaning. Place the feta cheese in an airtight container to keep the smell from permeating into the refrigerator again.

Step 2

Fill a bucket with 1 gallon hot water. Add 1 cup baking soda and 1 cup white vinegar to the hot water.

Step 3

Clean the inside of the refrigerator, especially at the source of the smell, with the baking soda and vinegar solution to remove cheese residue and odor. Both vinegar and baking soda are effective, natural cleaners and deodorizers.

Step 4

Wipe the inside of the refrigerator with a damp cloth to remove baking soda residue. Dry with a clean cloth. Prop the refrigerator door open and allow it to air dry for 10 to 15 minutes.

Step 5

Coffee grounds naturally remove unpleasant smells.

Cover the bottom of a shallow baking pan with fresh coffee grounds. Place all the items back in the refrigerator then put the coffee grounds in the refrigerator. Allow the coffee grounds to remain overnight to absorb any remaining feta cheese smell.

Things You Will Need

  • Airtight container
  • Bucket
  • 1 cup baking soda
  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • Clean cloths
  • Baking pan
  • Coffee grounds

About the Author

Mary Ylisela is a former teacher with a Bachelor of Arts in elementary education and mathematics. She has been a writer since 1996, specializing in business, fitness and education. Prior to teaching, Ylisela worked as a certified fitness instructor and a small-business owner.