Get Rid of Odors in Your Freezer

This tip is worth its weight in gold – if you should ever need it. Read on.

If you’ve ever had your power go out while you were away, you know how awful it is to try to get rid of the odor of spoiled food – especially meat – in your refrigerator or freezer.

It happened to us once and we tried EVERYTHING that didn’t work – all manner of cleansers, elbow grease, bleach, putting the appliance outside in the direct Arizona sun with the door removed. As a last resort, we called an appliance repair place and asked for advice. Here it is:

Pour fresh coffee grounds (canned is fine) onto a paper plate and place in the refrigerator or freezer plugged in and running with the door closed, for a few days.  While the odor is strong, discard and replace the coffee grounds  every couple of days.

It actually worked! It took a week and though very inconvenient, it was better than buying a new refrigerator. It’s a good idea to use an open box of baking soda in the refrigerator for light duty odor absorption. Replace every three or four months.

Your friend in the kitchen,


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