There is nothing worse than reaching for your lunch (or the milk to make that first cup of tea of the day) and being confronted with the putrid whiff of a stinky fridge. Suddenly you feel more nauseous than ravenous. And you find yourself either rooting around inside for the culprit for a good ten minutes, or slamming the door shut and running away.
Don’t fret. These tips will freshen your fridge, fast…
1. Empty every shelf.
Yep, it’s not a pleasant job — and you’ll no doubt find a congealed old bottle of mayonnaise in the process — but you need to clear any rotting food or its remnants. Grab an Esky for anything you want to keep, then be ruthless with the rest.
2. Buy some baking soda
Shop-bought sprays aren’t always a good idea around food, so make a solution yourself. Half a cup of baking soda dissolved in warm water should do the trick. While you’re there, sprinkle a little in to a small container, add a few drops of vanilla and leave open in the fridge. This will prevent any future odours.
3. Add shine with vinegar
Once the inside is smelling so much fresher, soak some paper towel in white wine vinegar. Wipe down the shelves, the drawers and the inside and outside of the door to make them shine.
4. Use airtight containers
Don’t be tempted to throw everything back in the fridge now that it’s clean! Keeping leftovers in airtight containers will stop the leaks and spills that lead to bad smells. It will also keep your food fresher for longer. Use date labels so you know when food is ready for the compost bin or trash can.
5. Keep fresh food visible
It’s tempting to tuck bags of salad and fresh fruit and veggies in to drawers, but that means they go off (and cause bad smells) without you knowing. Keep those tomatoes or carrots at the front of the fridge instead. That way you’ll be more likely to use them up before they turn bad.