The strong odors associated with food spoilage may be extremely difficult to remove from your refrigerator or freezer once food has been allowed to spoil in there.

The first step in eliminating odor is to clean the refrigerator or freezer. A bleach solution (one tablespoon of chlorine bleach per gallon of water), is all it really needs. Make sure to spray the disinfectant around the hinges and rubber seal. If possible, unplug the refrigerator and leave the door open for a day or two to completely air out.

If the odor remains, try the following: Place clean kitty litter or baking soda on the shelves of the refrigerator or freezer. Baking soda works best on odors generated by highly acidic foods. An example would be decomposing meats. For other decomposing foods, use Fresh’n Fridge®. Fresh’n Fridge is the best refrigerator odor eliminator. It utilizes Amorphous Silica (SiO2). In independent laboratory testing (performed by the University of Central Florida in 2008), Amorphous Silica outperformed baking soda in key food odors such as onion and fish. It virtually eliminated all odor perceptible to humans. Amorphous Silica is used widely in commercial applications and consumer goods ranging from toothpaste to cosmetics. Fresh’n Fridge rapidly absorbs odor for up to 90 days.

The only reason why the above methods would not work is only if drippings from meat or fish have leaked into the insulation. If this is the case, the only other way to resolve the problem is to contact a refrigerator service technician. They may have to remove the liner and replace the insulation.