Controlling Odor from Fresh Fish in Refrigerator

How do you keep "fresh" fish from stinking up your fridge/freezer? My daughter in college has an Asian roommate that keeps tons of fish in the fridge. The smell doesn't bother her. It clearly smells fishy, not fresh. How do we keep the smell at bay if she's going to keep fish in there all the time?


By Leanne B. from Austin, TX

August 23, 20090 found this helpful

Maybe she could use some sort of plastic or glass container with an airtight cover.

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August 23, 20090 found this helpful

First line of defense is keeping an opened box of baking soda in there all the time. I use a couple of dishes of the stuff. It may not totally remove the odor, but it will definitely help. Perhaps ask the roommate to keep the fish in a container, as suggested, and your daughter should keep all her stuff in covered containers, so that they don't absorb the odor. Even if the smell is still in the fridge, if her things are well sealed, they will not absorb any odor.

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August 23, 20090 found this helpful

Most definitely should not keep fish unless it can be either kept covered in a bowl of salt water, OR frozen until it can be microwaved/thawed and then eaten. The fishy odor from cooking and garbage might be more of the problem, too. So, have a large popcorn can with a lid, lined with clean plastic sacks from groc. for her to place waste in until the afternoon or morning garbage take out.

Have another talk with her about it and tell her that you ran it by a group of your acquaintences who recommended it. Also if she adds garlic, it's adding to the problem in the air. If there is a window sugget that they air the room out at a certain time daily to refresh the air for other people's sake, otherwise you might have to live with it. Good luck and God bless. : )

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