Frugal Ways to Freshen a Refrigerator
Posted on Monday, February 18th, 2013 at 7:00 am
What’s that smell? Oh, no, its coming from somewhere inside the refrigerator! This may sound like a description of a cheesy horror movie, but it can (and does) happen in real life. Fortunately, there are ways to be frugal and freshen up your refrigerator. A nice, clean, refrigerator can help you save money on groceries, too!
How to Freshen a Refrigerator
Take It All Out
The first thing you need to do is to find where that bad smell is coming from. The best way to do this is by taking everything out of the refrigerator. Put things on your counter or kitchen table. You may want to put some items into a cooler while you are sorting.
Check the expiration date on absolutely everything. If it has expired, throw it in the trash. Not sure how long those leftovers have been there? Get rid of them! You will, eventually, find the food item that is the source of the bad smell.
You will also get a really clear idea of exactly what foods you have and how long they will last. Make it a practice to clean your refrigerator right before you go grocery shopping, and you will save money. It makes you aware of what you already have (and don’t need to buy more of) and what you need to use right away (before it becomes the source of the next bad smell).
Use whatever cleaning product you are comfortable with. I would advise making sure that it is non-toxic. Some people use hot water, others use a mixture of baking soda and water. Take the drawers completely out of the fridge and rinse them off in your sink. Go over every surface. This should get rid of any residue left over from whatever it was that went bad. It also gives you a clean start.
When you are all done cleaning the refrigerator, make sure you remember to put the food back into it. Check the table, the counter, and the cooler. Are they empty? People honestly do forget to put all the food back in when they are done cleaning, and then it goes bad (and becomes a waste of money).
Remove Lingering Odor
Sometimes, the smell will still be there, even after you have cleaned out the entire refrigerator. To get rid of the last of it, open a box of baking soda and put it in your fridge. It will help remove the odor.
Other things that can remove smells include: a bowl of oats or a container of fresh coffee grounds. You probably have at least one of those items in your kitchen already!