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Using Baking Soda To Deodorize & Clean Your Refrigerator

Updated: Jan 17, 2023

At one point or another, you've probably encountered a dreaded mystery odor in your fridge. Finding the source of your refrigerator's foul odor is an essential first step in eliminating the smell, but anyone who has encountered months-old kimchi knows some scents linger long after the food is gone.

The worst part of a smelly fridge is that those odors can seep into your other food and ruin the flavor. Thankfully, there's a simple home remedy that can help you get rid of pesky stains and odors. All you need is a box of baking soda!



baking soda
baking soda



Using Baking Soda in the Refrigerator

Store an opened box of baking soda in your refrigerator and freezer to help eliminate odors. Replace at least every three months, although the box may need replacing sooner if it begins to absorb too many odors. Try dating the box to help remember when to replace it. You can also choose to follow your nose. If your fridge starts to smell, it's time to replace the box.

Just remember, you should not cook with baking soda that has been used to neutralize odors. Part of the neutralization process means the baking soda has absorbed the food particles, which does change the taste of the baking soda.


Baking Soda in Crisper Bins

Try sprinkling baking soda on the bottom of your crisper to eliminate odors there. Cover with a folded paper towel. Replace every three months, just as you do the boxes of baking soda.


Baking Soda and Refrigerator Stains

Remove food and rust residue from your refrigerator with a baking soda paste. Mix your baking soda with a small amount of water, just enough to form a dough-like texture that you can rub anywhere. Most refrigerator stains can be easily removed with baking soda, with the added benefit of odor removal. Use a scouring pad to spread the paste and scrub away the stains


All-Purpose Baking Soda Cleaning Spray

If you have a spray bottle, whip up this quick all-purpose baking soda cleaning spray.


  • 1 tsp baking soda

  • ½ tsp castile soap

  • 2 T white distilled vinegar

  • (optional) a few drops of lemon essential oil

  • water


baking soda cleaning spray
baking soda cleaning spray




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