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help rid refrigerator odor

pamd Jul 7, 2006 12:11 PM

is there a way to help rid refrigerator odor (it's from a very fragrant homemade garlic hummus)without removing everything & using cleaning products? I have a baking soda in there.

  1. Deenso Jul 12, 2006 06:02 PM

    I just read something in 'quick & simple' magazine that might do the trick. They suggest putting 3 cotton balls in a bowl and soaking them in a small amount of vanilla extract. Then leave the bowl in the fridge overnight and, supposedly, your fridge will smell fresh in the morning.

    1. JK Grence the Cosmic Jester Jul 12, 2006 08:26 AM

      Baking soda does positively squat. Get activated charcoal, pour about a cup into a piece of pantyhose or enough layers of cheesecloth that the charcoal doesn't fall out, tie it off, and stick it in the fridge.

      1. p
        Produce Addict Jul 11, 2006 02:48 PM

        I've heard that baking soda is largely ineffective but that charcoal works. Never tried it myself though and I don't know if regular briquettes work or if you need something special.

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        1. re: Produce Addict
          TomSwift Jul 11, 2006 10:51 PM

          The kind of charcoal that is used in fish tank air filters is the kind to get. Just change about every 3-4 months.

        2. Pei Jul 7, 2006 02:24 PM

          Agree with ChrisZ. Even if you think your fridge was clean and the odor was just from the hummus, it's on everything now.

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            ChrisZ Jul 7, 2006 12:16 PM

            No remove everything and clean it.

            1) It should be done anyway.
            2) Asking if you do not have too is like asking if you can just spray yourself with cologne after not bathing for a week.

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