After cleaning my fridge out with this natural fridge cleaner, I decided to make some DIY Natural Fridge Deodorisers to keep it selling clean and fresh until the next time I clean it.
Natural Fridge Deodorisers
The fridge is where you store a ton of food that you use to feed your family. So, of course, smelling a foul smell when you open the door is something no-one wants.
Instead, when opening your fridge door, you want a clean, fresh whiff to hit your nose. These easy to make natural fridge deodorisers keep your fridge smelling for a longer period of time.
Ingredients for Fridge Deodorisers
Bicarbonate of soda (baking soda) is a a great product that is used in many cleaning recipes. When you add essential oils to it, you have a mixture that just doesn’t get rid of funky smells, but also creates a lovely aroma at the same time.
Citrus essential oils are great cleaning oils that will make your fridge smell amazing. I like to use lemon essential oil, though you can also try using orange, lime, tangerine or even grapefruit. Plant therapy also make a deodorising essential oil blend that is great.
Cleaning the Fridge
The best way to clean your fridge is to start by removing all the rotten and out of date foods, then wipe down all the shelves and internal walls. Using a vinegar mixture of 60:40 water to white vinegar for this also helps with removing bad odours.
Deodorising the Fridge
Once the fridge is clean and organised again, make your fridge deodorises and add one to a small container in the back of the top shelf of the fridge.
I suggest changing your fridge deodoriser about once a month. At this time, the baking soda would be absorbed a lot of doors and will need to be replaced by a new disk that can continue on absorbing more odours.
After the deodoriser has done its job for the month, instead of throwing it out, I use it to clean the pipes in our house.
Note: Some citrus-based oils, might react with the bicarb soda, so you may see a little bubbling. This does not effect the scent-busting abilities of the deodorisers.
Prevent Odours from Forming
One way to help stop odours in your fridge is to prevent them from forming. There are some ways that this can be done:
- Store food in airtight containers
- Check meat and vegetables on a regular basis to make sure they are all good to eat and remove if not
- Clean fridge seals on a monthly basis to help prevent bacteria from creeping into your fridge and creating smells
- Check your fridge settings. When set at the correct temperatures, the food should start fresh better
DIY Natural Fridge Deodorisers
- 2 1/2 cups baking soda (bicarbonate of soda)
- 1/2 - 1 cup water
- 15 drops Essential oil, orange, lime, lemon or grapefruit
- Silicone mold
- Combine baking soda, 1/2 cup water, and the essential oils you have chosen into glass bowl.
- Stir together with a metal spoon.
- The mixture should resemble damp sand, so add more water, a little at a time, if needed.
- Divide mixture equally into silicone mould and push down with your fingers to compact it.
- Allow it to rest 2-3 days or until mixture hardens.
- Once hard, place in refrigerator to help eliminate unpleasant odors.
- Replace once a month.
- Store additional fridge deodorisers in an airtight container until ready to use.
- One disk will last up to a month in your fridge.
- When replacing the deodorisers, don't throw the old one out. Place it on the plug hole your kitchen, bathroom or laundry sink and pour a little vinegar over it till it fizzes and then disappears. Pour a litre or two of boiling hot water down the hole to clean out your pipes.
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