Maybe you recently returned from a trip to find that while you were away the power went out leaving behind spoiled food in your refrigerator. Or perhaps you’re have just taken a fridge out of storage to begin using it again.
As you open up the door to your fridge you notice a funny smell. You recognize it as mildew. But don’t panic! Before you begin researching new refrigerators there are a few very simple tasks you can perform to get rid of mildew and that unappetizing smell before throwing in the towel, or fridge.
Remove and Clean
To get rid of any mildew or gross smell completely, you want to make sure you remove anything that may be inside your fridge. This includes all food as well as shelves and drawers. Any parts of the fridge that can be removed should be hand washed in the sink.
Note the Seal
Because the seal that locks in moisture and cold air is very susceptible to mildew, it is important to take special note of it when dealing with any funky smells in your fridge. Very gently clean the seal by wiping it down with a water and vinegar solution. Make sure you separate the folds to ensure you don’t miss anything!
You can use a solution of 10 percent bleach to clean your fridge and remove any funky smells or growing mildew. Just grab a pair of rubber gloves and get scrubbing! If it is easier, you can put the solution in a spray bottle and spray the inside of your fridge. Obviously if you go this route, you want to make sure you remove everything from inside your fridge before cleaning. Wipe down every surface and rinse.
Baking Soda and Vinegar
If you don’t want to use bleach, you can also use a vinegar and water solution to wipe down the inside of your refrigerator. You can also use baking soda to eliminate unwanted smells! Spread baking soda evenly on two cookie sheets and leave them inside the closed fridge. Let that sit for several days and it should soak up the smell. You can also leave a box of baking soda in your fridge for weeks even after you load it back up with food.
You may not think to vacuum and wipe down the top, bottom, and back of your fridge, but it can actually do a lot when it comes to unwanted smells. The fan that helps circulate cold air inside the fridge can easily get blocked with dust, hair, or other debris. Without good air circulation, you may have a hard time getting rid of that musty smell no matter how diligently you clean. This will also improve the efficiency of your refrigerator and ultimately extend the time needed between services.
If none of these trips seem to do the trick, it may be time to call on the professionals. At Peter’s Appliance, no job is to big or too small. Whether you have an issue with unrelenting mildew in your fridge, or an oven that simply won’t work, Peter’s Appliance can help. Contact them today!