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Charcoal to Fight Odors

Instead of buying baking soda to absorb odors in your refrigerator and freezer, try charcoal! I put a couple of pieces in each. After about five weeks, I replace with new ones, using the old ones for grilling.


I just ADORE getting two completely frugal uses out of one thing, don't you?

By Brianna Southworth from Dutch Harbor, AK

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August 30, 20180 found this helpful
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Don't try reusing the charcoal. If you have ANY odor your food will absorb the odor from the charcoal. But charcoal works great in a freezer. Small bag slice it open leave for a week. Take it out. There it away. Place a slice of bread in it. After it freezes, take it out after ot thaws, check for smell. May have to repeat but only twice if freezer was correctly cleaned and left 2 days opened off to dry. Don't forget cracks, timer, drain pan. If this doesn't work. You'll need to replace the Styrofoam behind the panels.

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September 30, 20101 found this helpful

Great thinking! Cheap and reusable? Thumbs up for you!

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July 23, 20131 found this helpful

Wouldn't crushing the charcoal briquettes first increase their surface area, thereby speeding up the odor absorption process?

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May 16, 20190 found this helpful

Do you think they would absorb odors better if they're broken or do they absorb just as much whole?

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