Smell in the fridge wont go away , help !!!!!!!!! : LUSENET : Country Families : One Thread

I have cleaned out everything old ,washed it down , placed vinegar and baking soda in it .Nothing is working .It smells like mold.No one else smells it but me .Help I am ready to go out and get a new one {this one is only 3 years old}

-- Patty {NY State} (, March 11, 2002


some refridgerators have drain trays underneath them. You can usually pull off the trim on the bottom front and see it. Maybe that's where the smell is coming from. I guess it could be internal also, in the ventilation, not much you could do there but take it all apart.

Maybe Fabreeze would take care of it.

-- Dave (, March 11, 2002.

Patty, did you try washing it down with strong bleach water? We had an extra refrig. which sat out in the garage for a long time that developed some mildew. Several washings with bleach water, and some airing out time finally did the trick. (I'd tried the vinegar, baking soda and all that too.)

-- Lenette in OR (, March 11, 2002.

True that pan underneath can get pretty yucky. Here is another thing to try. Clean everything out of the freezer and slowly pour a pan of hot water mixed with a little bleach or vinegar onto the freezer shelf. If it is a frost free type, the water will run through some drains in there and end up in that underneath pan. This should help sanitize all that internal drain. I did this to our old frig and it helped a lot.

-- Melissa in SE Ohio (, March 11, 2002.

Never thought of the pan ,what a dope !!!!! The pooring it in the freezer is a good idea too ! Thanks ~ Patty

-- Patty {NY State} (, March 11, 2002.

The pan is the first place to check, maybe the hose going down to it is yucky too.

-- Charleen in WNY (, March 11, 2002.

You might also try scrubbing the inside walls and shelves, bins, etc with baking soda. Think I read in my owner's manual that it is not good to use bleach (not sure why), but baking soda keeps mine clean and fresh. Also, after you check the drain pan, you might sprinkle some baking soda in it and leave it.

-- Elizabeth (, March 11, 2002.

A couple years ago, my father and mother left their trailer in Arizona for the summer and returned to Utah. Just before they left, my father drank half of a glass of milk, putting the rest in the fridge and forgot it!! When they returned in the fall, NOTHING and I mean nothing would get the smell out. My mother tried bleach, baking soda, newspaper, everything. One woman told her to put a cup of fresh coffee grounds in the fridge, and leave it closed for a couple days. It worked. Sounds weird, and I don't know why it works, but it does.


-- Jan in Co (, March 13, 2002.

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