How to Get the Musty Smell Out of a Refrigerator That Has Sat Unplugged
Dec 06, 2016
Before you put a refrigerator into storage, it's important to thoroughly clean and prepare the appliance to sit unplugged for a long period of time. Without a thorough cleaning, the moisture left inside the dark, warm refrigerator creates a musty odor that can be difficult to get rid of. However, if you find yourself with a musty refrigerator after plugging it back in, several methods are available to help get rid of that strong, musty smell.
Remove all the shelves, drawers and covers you can from the refrigerator and freezer. Mix a solution of half warm water and half vinegar. Use a soft cloth to thoroughly wipe all of the removed pieces. Let the shelves, drawers and covers air dry. As they dry, the vinegar smell disappears.
Wipe down the outside of the refrigerator and the door seals with the water/vinegar solution. Separate the folds in the door seal and thoroughly clean all crevices.
Dust the back, top and bottom of the refrigerator, removing any dust and debris that could be blocking the fans. The fans help circulate the cold air inside the refrigerator. If any of the fans are blocked, it could be prohibiting good circulation, keeping the musty smell inside your refrigerator.
Completely clean the inside of the refrigerator and freezer compartments. Use a clean cloth and the water/vinegar solution to wipe the sides, top and bottom of the refrigerator. Clean all shelf brackets, drawer slots and door compartments.
Plug in the refrigerator and let it run, leaving the doors open for several minutes. This increases circulation. Replace all of the shelves, drawers and covers.
Pour a generous portion of baking soda equally onto two cookie sheets. Evenly spread out the baking soda on the pans. Insert one cookie sheet into the middle shelf in the refrigerator, and the second cookie sheet into the freezer compartment. Close the doors.
Allow the cookie sheets with the baking soda to sit in the running refrigerator for a few days.
Remove and discard the baking soda from the cookie sheets. Repeat this process a second time, if necessary.