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Cleaning Odors From Ice Cube Trays

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Ice Cube Tray
Plastic ice cube trays can absorb odors from foods in your freezer. This is a guide about cleaning odors from ice cube trays.
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By 0 found this helpful
June 28, 2017

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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July 31, 2010

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

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August 1, 20100 found this helpful

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.

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August 3, 20100 found this helpful

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.

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August 4, 20100 found this helpful

Thank you to both of you for the hints on ice tray odor.

Linda

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August 4, 20100 found this helpful

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.

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By 0 found this helpful
September 1, 2011

How do you remove that yucky "freezer" smell and taste from plastic ice cube trays?

By Tamara

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September 2, 20110 found this helpful

Vinegar. Put vinegar in them, and let them stay cold for a day or two in the refrigerator.

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September 2, 20110 found this helpful

If possible try putting them on the top shelf of the dishwasher. Use the light cycle without the heated dry cycle.

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September 14, 20110 found this helpful

They're so cheap, just buy new ones!

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