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Cleaning Fish Odors from the Refrigerator?

How do I clean fish odors from my refrigerator?

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September 17, 20170 found this helpful

I hope you do not have a lot of food stored as most likely most of it will have to be discarded. Fish odor gets on everything and if it is not in a sealed washable container then it will have to be dumped.

Step 1
You should have a large cooler available or some other place to store any salvageable sealed containers as cleaning this odor will take overnight to work properly.

Step 2
First of course is to remove all food and then remove all removable parts shelves, drawers, containers.

Step 3
Set these aside and clean them later. Clean these parts outside if possible or in the bathtub (you may need back patch).

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Step 4
Vinegar is a good all around cleaning product. Mix it with an equal amount of water and wipe the entire inside of the refrigerator. You can also make a loose paste of baking soda and water and use that instead but that is more difficult to rinse off and vinegar requires no rinse.

Step 5
In either case, after washing the inside, it is really best to wait anywhere from a couple of hours to a couple of days before re-stocking.

Step 6
Wipe the seal (try to get in all the groves) with a cotton ball soaked in white vinegar or rubbing alcohol.

Step 7
There are other methods and some of them may work.

Step 8
Place one or more pie plates (or any slightly curved plates) filled with fresh coffee grounds (unused) inside and leave over night.

Step 9
Place charcoal (any kind) on top of crumpled up newspaper in several areas and leave overnight.

Step 10
You might also try regular clay kitty litter placed in open containers and left overnight.

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There is a product called "OUT" that is for pet odors but it will also work on something like this. Sold at Walmart type stores in cleaning department.

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Anonymous
May 10, 20210 found this helpful

Does the refrigerator have to be on

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September 17, 20170 found this helpful

It isn't too difficult to remove the odor of fish from your refrigerator

Step 1
Place a bowl of baking soda in the refrigerator to help absorb the odors.

Step 2
Remove the food, drawers and trays from the refrigerator.

Step 3
Make a solution of one liter warm water, a few drops of dishwashing liquid and a quarter of a cup of baking soda.

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Step 4
Use a sponge to clean all surfaces of the refrigerator including the door, drawers, trays, and plastic seal.

Step 5
Apply a small amount of vanilla extract to a paper towel and wipe down all surfaces in your refrigerator.

Step 6
Close the door and allow it to dry out before replacing the food, drawers, and trays.

Step 7
Always leave an open box of baking soda at the back of your refrigerator to absorb all odors in the refrigerator.

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September 17, 20171 found this helpful

Fish odor.

Step 1
Stuff your fridge with crumpled up newspaper.

Step 2
Change it every day until the odor is gone.

Step 3
You can use the colored advertisement section as well as black and white newspaper.

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Step 4
Put an opened box of baking soda at the back of the fridge.

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September 17, 20170 found this helpful

Clean the entire fridge out then mix one part vinegar to one part water, spray, clean, dry with a towel and put everything back in.

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September 18, 20171 found this helpful

Step 1
Mix equal parts of vinegar and water and a little lemon juice in a spray bottle.

Step 2
Empty the fridge and spray solution all over fridge.

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Step 3
Leave sit for twenty minutes and wipe everything off.

Step 4
Dry with a clean towel.

Step 5
Put a fresh box of baking soda in fridge to absorb odours.

Step 6
Smell all your stuff before putting back in the fridge if it smells discard.

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