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Fill them 1/2 way with tap water. Then use an old dish soap container with bleach in the bottle. Squirt bleach into the ice trays that have water. Let set for a half hour. Then empty and rinse 3-4 times, let dry in drainer, then fill with clean water and freeze. Clean again in a month.
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My ice trays came with my refrigerator. When I take them out of the freezer to use the ice, the empty trays have a very bad freezer smell. How can I remove this smell and keep it from happening? Thanks.
By Linda from Mount Morris, PA
Try soaking the trays in hot water and a bit of baking soda.If it were me I'd just get new ones or at thrift stores.
Clean out the freezer by defrosting, washing and disinfecting. This will help keep the environment in your freezer safe for food storage.
Leave a box of baking soda in the fridge & freezer. Get rid of food that is old (the freezer allows food to keep longer, but not forever). Toss the stinky trays and pick up some new ones.
Plan when you will be cleaning out the freezer. That way you can use up some of the food and not purchase any until after cleaning. I find it is a lot easier if there is less items to have to keep frozen in a cooler. Dry Ice works well to keep items frozen while cleaning is being done.
Thank you to both of you for the hints on ice tray odor.
I have done this too and find the plastics they are made of hold smells and your ice will smell the same. Found it was cheaper and easier to buy 10 # when I get groceries, keep in a tupperware container in the freezer. Tastes good goes much futher than being frugal.
How do you remove that yucky "freezer" smell and taste from plastic ice cube trays?
Vinegar. Put vinegar in them, and let them stay cold for a day or two in the refrigerator.
If possible try putting them on the top shelf of the dishwasher. Use the light cycle without the heated dry cycle.