Removing a Burned Smell in the Refrigerator?


We had a tree fall on our power/phone lines from hurricane Irene, sparks came out of the walls sockets. We found out the next morning a 220 line fell on the 110 line and phone line. Everything upstairs and down on one side of the house went dead, but I also smelled smoke coming from my new refrigerator.


When I checked I didn't see any fire, but the smoke was bad. When I called a repairman he said he could fix it, but didn't know how to get rid of the burned odor. I tried the charcoal, no luck. The smell is also in the freezer section and the kitchen. Any other suggestions? I will try the lemon and vinegar, but was hoping for some other ideas just in case these don't help.

Thank you in advance.

By Ruth S.

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September 14, 20110 found this helpful

Try used coffee grounds.

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September 14, 20110 found this helpful

Putting charcoal briquets and/or crumpled up newspapers in the refrigerator will help. Boxes of baking soda help too. I've heard used coffee grounds help. Also, one time when I had a rental house refrigerator full of spoiled food, I just wiped all of the sides with bleach and left the fridge door open for a few days.


It took care of the bad smell. Good luck!

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September 25, 20110 found this helpful

I heard that wiping down the inside with pure vanilla extract kills odors. I assume you wipe it on, leave it awhile, then wash it off. Pure vanilla is expensive, but you could probably do the whole fridge with a 4 oz. bottle by moistening a cloth with the vanilla & then running the cloth over the surfaces. Close the door and leave a few hours. I heard it works great. Buy the vanilla in the section where the Hispanic spices & seasonings are sold - these brands are much cheaper than the usual name brands.

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