Debra Lynn Dadd

Getting the Smell Out of a New Refrigerator


How can you get the smell out of a new refrigerator? I have never had a new fridge before so was not aware it would smell so bad!

I washed it out with soapy water and then have put a bowl of baking soda on each shelf...4 days later, it still smells. It smells like it is more of the vinyl around the edge of the fridge keeping it airtight versus actually inside the fridge but then again I can\'t get in there and close the door to see if it smells.

I remember a few years ago we had put a bottle of nail polish in the butter bin in our fridge door and when we went to use the butter it tasted like nail polish. I am afraid to put fod in there because I don\'t want it to taste like the plastic smell we are smelling.

Any suggestions?

POSTED BY DEBI :: CALIFORNIA USA :: 10/09/2006 8:04 AM


This IS a problem with new refrigerators, as they are full of outgassing plastic. And the outgassing plastic WILL get into your food.

My general advice is to purchase a used refrigerator, as the plastic does outgas over time, but last summer I myself purchased a new refrigerator because i just fell in love with the design.

It's what's called a "trio" because it has two refrigerator doors that open on top from the center, and one freezer door on the bottom. Inside there are glass shelves and easy-to-reach-and-open see-through bins for produce. It is just a joy to use. Several companies make them. The brand I bought was Kenmore at Sears (I'd give you a link, but it was too long).

I was concerned that the interior would have an odor, but the model on the floor didn't have an odor. So I took a chance, and the one that was delivered to me didn't have an odor either. Perhaps this was just a fluke, I can't guarantee it, but this was my experience.

As for your problem, I would have suggested baking soda. Does anyone else have a suggestion that has worked. Readers?

Debra :-)


You can try piling some charcoal briquets in there on a plate or pan for a couple of days. Not sure why it works, but charcoal somehow absorbs odors. Crumpled up newspapers have worked in the past. I know during moves (there were a lot of those growing up), once it was cleaned out, mom would crumple papers in there and put them in the fridge and freezer and take them out on the other end. They never smelled stale or musty..and there were a few time that they were in storage for a while.

This one is a little weirder--cat littler. Pour it into a pan, then place it in the fridge.

I've kept nail polish in the fridge off and on for years and have never had a problem with any food tasting like the polish. I'd guess the polish was not sealed properly.

POSTED BY SUSAN :: COLORADO USA :: 10/11/2006 3:55 AM

I use Zeolite to remove odors from closets and from our freezer. I think it is made from volcanic materials. I guess it would work in a refrigerator. I wouldn't let it touch food though. I bought a bag of it from Meijer and use it in my deep freezer. There also are other places to buy it online.

POSTED BY DHINES :: KENTUCKY USA :: 10/11/2006 9:31 AM


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