Since the newsletter went out and the deep cleaning video was uploaded, I have gotten so many messages asking me why the smell remains lingering in the refrigerator. Everyone seems to have tried almost everything.
If you having a similar problem and have tried using baking soda for the three required days and you have checked every container with leftovers and also checked every vegetable and meat basket and drawer, then there is one more thing I suggest you do before calling the service man or buying a new fridge.
The next question is have you rolled the fridge out to see if some food has fallen under it and is now rotting?
Did you know that many refrigerators come with a drip pan. Yup! It is exactly what it sounds like – a pan that catches drips from condensation etc, to ensure it doesn’t flow on to your clean kitchen floor.
So, get hold of your manual or look online using your brand and model number to ascertain where this drip pan is located. It is usually at the bottom but could be front or back. It might slip out like a toaster crumb tray or you might have to unscrew a panel and prise it off to get to the pan.
Now to clean it:
- Take that out carefully, especially if it is filled with water. Be prepared for a bad odour. Pour that water down the toilet or sink and rinse it off.
- Soak the pan with a mild water and bleach solution (or you can use any other washing detergent you are comfortable with) – personally I use dish soap
- Leave it for a few hours, then wash it thoroughly and replace.
- Fix the panel back and you can switch the refrigerator on again.
- Repeat this process every 3-4 months
This should work if everything else didn’t!!
Yet another alternative is to check if you fridge has an odour filter. The odour filter is located behind a panel within the fridge and can easily be prised off. Take a look at that, or rather take a whiff, you might find it has the same strange smell you are trying to locate. If so, call the service centre or order a new filter online and replace it. The usual life of a filter is a year but a lot depends on your usage.
To keep the fridge fresh, try using the baking soda in a tray every now and then or a container can be placed at the corner all the time. You can also use activated charcoal to absorb smells. A few balls of cotton soaked in vanilla kept in a corner, will give the refrigerator a pleasant fragrance every time you open it.
Still didn’t worked? Call customer service!