Using Charcoal to Remove Odors

September 29, 2010

CharcoalInstead 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.


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By Brianna Southworth from Dutch Harbor, AK

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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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January 14, 2017

Aside from using charcoal for grilling fishes, meat, corn, charcoal also can be used as foul odor absorber. If there is a foul odor inside your living room, bedroom, bathroom, kitchen or even inside your fridge, you can use charcoal to absorb the odor.

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May 18, 2017

How much charcoal do you add to the bag of items you want to get the smoke smell out of?


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1 inch of powdered charcoal or several charcoal briquets

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June 12, 2009

To keep your home free of odors and musty smells place an empty can or bag of regular grilling charcoal in the closets, rooms and basements straight out of the bag.

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September 29, 2010

If you can put it in a plastic bag or cover it with sheet plastic to seal, then just buy however many bags of charcoal briquettes and cover the object with them.

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