Get rid of the unpleasant smell and dirt in your refrigerator after the Lunar New Year with this simple method

With just a few simple steps, your home refrigerator will be free from any unpleasant odors and stubborn stains in no time.


During Tet holidays, housewives often stock up on a variety of food to prepare for the festive days. As a result, the refrigerator is packed with more items. It is common that during the end of the year, when we clean our homes, we also clean the refrigerator to store items in a clean and organized manner. So, how do we clean the refrigerator to get rid of any unpleasant odors after storing fresh and cooked food for a long time? Let’s refer to Tintuconline’s cleaning methods to eliminate odors from your family refrigerator.

Step 1: Clean the shelves

Before cleaning the refrigerator, first turn off the power and remove the food from the refrigerator. Then take out the compartments, fruit and vegetable boxes, and bottle frames. Note that these items are fragile and should be handled with care.

Cleaning tip: You can use a cloth dipped in a diluted detergent solution to scrub the accessories. After cleaning, use a dry cloth or let them air dry in a well-ventilated area.

Step 2: Clean hidden dirt

The water drain tray, the seal strip between the drain tray and the back cover, and the water outlet holes inside the refrigerator are often overlooked areas. Unpleasant odors in the refrigerator usually come from these places. It is best to clean the water outlet holes multiple times with clean water or a professional cleaner. If the rubber seal strip has black stains, it may cause the refrigerator door to not close tightly and affect the refrigerator’s performance. Pay attention to keeping them clean.

Cleaning technique: Dip a toothbrush into a cleaning solution and scrub the water outlet holes, then use a cloth to dry them; you can also use a kitchen paper towel dipped in cleaning solution and wrap it around a chopstick, or use a cotton pad dipped in alcohol to clean the areas.

Step 3: Clean the interior compartments

The refrigerator is usually divided into a freezer compartment and a refrigeration compartment. After removing the shelves and fruit and vegetable boxes, wipe them with a damp cloth dipped in detergent solution, then dry them with a dry cloth. If the ice layer in the freezer compartment is too thick, do not use a hard object to scrape it, as it may damage the refrigerator. It is best to let the freezer compartment defrost naturally before cleaning.

Cleaning skill: If you want to remove the ice quickly, you can use a hairdryer to blow hot air into the freezer compartment after disconnecting the power to melt the ice and make it fall out.

Step 4: Clean the door seal

The doors of many refrigerators are covered with dust. Some have oil stains from cooking, but these stains are relatively easy to clean. You just need to use a sponge or cloth dipped in a small amount of cleaning solution and wipe them repeatedly, then dry them with a dry cloth.

Cleaning technique: Use a soft cloth dipped in a little toothpaste and wipe it slowly. If some stains are stubborn, you can use different types of brushes to scrub them.

Step 5: Clean the heat dissipation panel

Both the compressor and the cooling unit of the refrigerator are located at the back and sides of the refrigerator. These areas are prone to dust accumulation, which affects the heat dissipation efficiency, reduces the lifespan of the components, and weakens the refrigeration performance. Cleaning is simple, just use a clean brush or dry cloth to remove the accumulated dust, but remember not to use a wet cloth.

Source: An Nhiên – Vietnamnet

Frequently asked questions

Firstly, turn off the power and remove all food items. Take out the compartments and accessories, and clean them with a diluted detergent solution. Don’t forget to clean hidden areas like the water outlet holes and seal strips. Wipe down the interior compartments and doors, and ensure everything is dry before returning the food and compartments to the refrigerator.

Remove the shelves, compartments, and fruit and vegetable boxes. Wipe them with a damp cloth dipped in a detergent solution, and then dry them with a clean, dry cloth. If there’s a thick layer of ice in the freezer compartment, let it defrost naturally before cleaning. Do not use hard objects to scrape the ice as it may damage the refrigerator.

You can use a hairdryer to blow hot air into the freezer compartment after disconnecting the power. This will help melt the ice quickly, and it will fall out, making it easier to clean.

Use a sponge or cloth dipped in a small amount of cleaning solution to wipe down the door seal. Repeat this process if necessary, and then dry the seal with a clean, dry cloth. For stubborn stains, you can use a soft cloth dipped in a small amount of toothpaste and wipe slowly. If needed, use different types of brushes to scrub the stains.
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