To remove refrigerator odors, put a dish filled with baking soda in the refrigerator, and allow the baking soda to absorb the odor for a couple of hours. If the smell lingers, wash the refrigerator with hot soapy water, and sanitize it with bleach. Replace the refrigerator's insulation if necessary.
- Place a dish with baking soda in the refrigerator
Remove all food items from the refrigerator, turn off the appliance, put baking soda in a dish, and put the dish in the refrigerator. Keep the refrigerator door open, and allow the baking soda to absorb lingering smells.
- Clean the refrigerator
If the equipment still smells, take out the removable parts, and wash them with hot soapy water. If necessary, clean the inside of the refrigerator with a soapy dishrag to remove dirt and food residue. Make sure to reach all the inside surfaces.
- Sanitize the refrigerator
Mix a tablespoon of bleach with a gallon of water, moisten a clean rag with the solution, and sanitize the cleaned surfaces by wiping them with the soaked rag. To dry the refrigerator, leave the refrigerator and freezer doors open for 15 minutes, replace the food items, and plug in the appliance.
- Replace the insulation, if needed
If the refrigerator still emits odor after cleaning, replace the insulation. Consult a professional before attempting to repair your refrigerator.