No one wants to open their Washington DC refrigerator and encounter the smell of old food, stale air and moisture. To keep your refrigerator odor free and clean, use the following tips.

 Removing Existing Bad Smells

First, it’s important to remove any bad smells that are already in your refrigerator. To do this, first turn off your refrigerator and unplug it from the wall, then remove all items that you want to save from it, throwing away anything that is expired or that you won’t eat. Make sure you keep your food cool on ice or in a separate refrigerator.

Now, to clean your refrigerator, mix a half cup of baking soda with a sink full of warm water and remove all removable parts from your refrigerator and soak them in the water, washing and drying them thoroughly. Use the same mixture to clean the inside of your refrigerator. Don’t forget to pull out and clean the drip tray as well – the small tray behind the grill located beneath the door of the fridge.

 Keeping the Bad Smell Away

Once your refrigerator is clean, there are a few things you can do to keep it that way and ensure those odors don’t return. A box of open baking soda in your refrigerator is a good primary line of defense as it will absorb many odors and excess moisture that creates those odors. An open bottle or jar of white vinegar can also neutralize those smells, though you will notice a smell of vinegar in your fridge if you opt to do this.

Other odor absorbers you can use include coffee grounds, dry oats, and charcoal briquets. On top of these things, make sure your refrigerator is properly maintained by a Washington DC refrigerator repair professional to avoid issues with the defrost cycle that can lead to odors developing.  Call All Time Services today for all your refrigerator repair needs!