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Jul 7, 2006 12:11 PM

help rid refrigerator odor

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.

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  1. 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.

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

      1. 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

          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. 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. 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.