How to Get Rid of Smell in Your Fridge

Picture this: You're about to whip up a delicious meal, but as soon as you open your fridge, a wave of uninviting odor hits you. It's a familiar tale, but one that you can end today! With some clever tricks and a dash of dedication, you can transform your fridge smell into a haven of freshness.

Regular Cleaning

Think of your fridge as a culinary stage – it must be spotless for the best performances! Regular cleaning isn't just about hygiene; it's your frontline defense against those tenacious, unwanted smells. Here's a summarized guide on how to clean your fridge effectively:

1. Empty the Fridge

Start by removing all items and discarding any spoiled or expired food.

2. Unplug the Fridge

Ensure safety by unplugging the fridge.

3. Remove and Soak Shelves and Drawers

Take out all removable components and soak them in warm, soapy water.

4. Clean the Interior

Scrub the inside with a sponge or cloth using warm water and dish soap. Use a baking soda paste for stubborn stains.

5. Clean the Gasket

Scrub the inside with a sponge or cloth using warm water and dish soap. Use a baking soda paste for stubborn stains.

6. Clean the Coils

Use a vacuum with a brush attachment and a long-handled brush to remove dirt from the coils, finishing with a microfiber cloth.

7. Clean the Vents

Clean vent openings with a soft brush and clean any removable parts in soapy water.

8. Clean the Exterior

Wipe down doors, handles, and control panel, then dry them.

9. Rinse and Dry Shelves and Drawers

After soaking, rinse and clean them, allowing them to dry before reassembling.

10. Plug the Fridge Back In

Once everything is dry and reassembled, restock the fridge and reconnect it to power.

Our 'How to Clean Your Fridge' guide navigates you through every corner and hidden spot in your fridge and gives you more detailed steps, helping you discover and eliminate sources of hidden odors.

Avoiding Aromatic Accidents

We've all been there – a piece of cheese turning into a stink bomb, garlic cloves evolving into aroma monsters or leftovers that have started their own moldy ecosystems. They're potential odor agents waiting to take over your fridge!

The trick is simple yet effective: regularly check your perishable items. Conducting frequent inspections of your fridge helps identify any items that may soon cause odors and ensures they are removed before they become a problem.

Regular Disinfection

Use basic household items for an effective fridge-cleaning solution:

● Combine one tablespoon of bicarbonate of soda with 1 liter of warm water.

● Use this mixture to clean the fridge's walls, shelves, and door seals; this helps in both cleaning and odor neutralization.

● To maintain freshness, place an open container of bicarbonate soda inside the fridge, effective for up to three months.

● Remember to label the container with the date to know when to replace it.

● Consider using specialized fridge deodorizers for enhanced odor control.

The Breath of Freshness

Sometimes, all your fridge needs is a good breath of fresh air. After thoroughly cleaning it, let your fridge breathe by leaving the door open for at least a day before plugging it back in (If possible). This simple act allows fresh air to circulate, dispelling any lingering odors and refreshing the entire space.


Effective natural solutions for absorbing and enhancing odors in your fridge include:

Essential Oils

Soak cotton balls in your favorite essential oils and place them in various corners of your fridge for a pleasant scent.

Lemon Slices

Place a few slices of lemon in your fridge to combat odors and leave a refreshing citrus aroma.


Put oatmeal in an aluminum bowl in your fridge to help eliminate odors.

White Vinegar

A bowl of white vinegar in your fridge can neutralize strong smells effectively.

Coffee Beans

For coffee lovers, spreading freshly ground coffee beans on a baking sheet and leaving it in the fridge overnight can absorb odors and leave a mild coffee scent.

Proven Strategies for a Fresh-Smelling Fridge

To keep your fridge smelling fresh, consider these effective methods:

Cover Your Food

Keep food in your fridge tightly wrapped or covered; this reduces the spread of odors.

Keep It Organized

Organize your fridge and freezer to prevent forgotten or expired food.

Clean the Refrigerator's Exterior

Regularly clean underneath and behind your fridge.

Replace Air Filters

If your fridge has an air filter, change it according to the manufacturer's instructions.

Optimal Temperature

Keep your refrigerator at the correct temperature to prevent food from spoiling quickly.

Smell Resistant Fridge

Choose a Smell-Resistant Fridge

Some fridges come with technologies that reduce the hassle of fridges' bad smell. We at LG are proud of our innovative LG anti-smell technologies, which you can find in our different models, such as the LG InstaView fridge. Those technologies include:


Ensure faster and more even cooling, keeping your drinks colder and the food fresher.


Maintains optimal humidity, extending the life of your fruits and vegetables.

The LG Inverter Linear Compressor™

This feature keeps your food fresh and minimizes fast spoilage that leads to bad smells.

Now you know how to get rid of the smell in your fridge, we encourage you to follow these straightforward tips and consider refrigerators designed to combat odors, so you can easily maintain a fresh and pleasant-smelling fridge.

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