How to Remove a Bad Odor from your Refrigerator
By Angela LaFollette, Via www.ehow.com
1. Remove all items from the refrigerator. Place the items into a cooler with ice while you clean the appliance.
2. Inspect the food that you remove from the refrigerator. Throw away all expired, spoiled and moldy foods.
3. Remove the refrigerator shelves and drawers. Wash the shelves in the sink with warm, soapy water to remove dirt and debris. Rinse the shelves and drawers with a bleach solution that contains 1 tbsp. of chlorine bleach for every gallon of water.
4. Combine 1 cup of baking soda with a gallon of warm water. Wipe the inside of the refrigerator with a washcloth dampened with the solution. Rinse the washcloth as needed so that it remains clean.
5. Combine an equal amount of vinegar and warm water in a bowl. Wipe the inside of the refrigerator with the vinegar solution.
6. Rinse the inside of the refrigerator with a clean, damp sponge. Replace the shelves and drawers. Dry the refrigerator with a towel.
7. Fill the inside of the refrigerator with newspaper if you still notice an odor. Close the refrigerator doors and allow the newspaper to sit inside for two to three days. Remove the newspaper and wipe the interior down with an equal mixture of vinegar and water. Rinse with a clean, damp sponge and dry with a towel.
8. Place an open box of baking soda inside the refrigerator for two to three days to absorb any foul odors.
9. Soak a cotton ball with vanilla extract. Place the cotton ball in the refrigerator and allow it to sit overnight.
10. Place the food back into the refrigerator. If you still notice an odor, repeat the odor removal process until it vanishes.
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