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Removing Odor from a Top-Freezer Refrigerator

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How to prevent or reduce odors

  • Keep foods tightly wrapped or covered this also helps keep food from drying out
  • Wipe spills up immediately
  • Clean both section about once a month
  • Keep Refrigerator and Freezer well organized, including crisper drawers will help you manage freshness levels 
  • Discard any spoiled or rotten food
  • Routinely clean under the refrigerator, removing any dirt or items that may have gotten trapped under the refrigerator. 
  • Some models come with an air filter, which is 15 times more potent than baking soda at reducing common food odors inside the refrigerator.  If your refrigerator has an air filter, regularly replace the filter based on the indicator tab.

How to remove primary odors

Typically, odors can be eliminated with routine basic cleaning. Making sure that you routinely clean the interior of the refrigerator to help prevent a build-up of odors and smells. 

CLICK HERE for instructions on Basic Odor Removal 

CLICK HERE to watch a video

How to remove stubborn odors

Only use this process if the above, "Basic Odor Removal", the process did not work. Depending on how strong the odor or smell is, it may take several weeks for the scent to be eliminated. For the best results, this process should be completed with an empty refrigerator. 

CLICK HERE for instructions on Stubborn Odor Removal

CLICK HERE to watch a video

Is the refrigerator located in an area where paint, stain, or varnish was recently used?

Ventilate the area where the refrigerator resides in the area has recently been painted, stained or varnished. These types of odors can enter the refrigerator when the doors are opened and/or through the cooling process.  

 

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