You know how they say that it’s better to be safe than to be sorry? I couldn’t agree more. Back when I was younger, cleaning my apartment wasn’t a very important thing in my life. I used to hate spending time vacuuming the floors and carpets, and worst of all, I lived in rent so I didn’t want to damage anything. Even though I didn’t like it, I had to clean once in a while.
When I got older, things started to change. I understood that keeping your working and living environment tidy is very important if you’re trying to be productive. While I make a big deal out of cleaning our house on a regular basis, I do the same with our fridge. It’s often that leftovers are the cause of a pesky problem, meaning that nasty smell that everyone dreads and that seems to be seeping from every corner of the refrigerator.
Obviously, keeping things nice and organized is key. I’ve bought several containers where I store the leftovers so that if I forget to check on them, I can’t smell a thing. Removing the source of the odor is the first measure, if you find that your fridge stinks. That doesn’t mean that all of your problems have gone away. However, it’s often that all the shelves and the other groceries you might have stored in your refrigerator have borrowed part of the scent.
In this case, what you need to do is unplug the fridge and clean and sanitize everything in it. It would be a great idea if you had a cooler with some ice to store your foods while you take care of the cleaning. Also, if you haven’t bought a refrigerator, you might want to know that getting one with loads and loads of shelves might be counterproductive. Who knows when you forget something in there and you have to clean your fridge all over again?
Some of the models I came across have built-in deodorizer cartridges that are capable of absorbing some of the smells. My family loves eating pasta, for instance, and I make the sauce with a little bit of garlic. I always make a big deal out of storing it properly, though, because the smell of garlic can get into everything. If I were to open my refrigerator and be faced with a garlicky scent, I’d be overwhelmed by my gag reflex. That’s one of the things I absolutely loathe.
To avoid using cleaning substances that are somewhat toxic, I recommend relying on lemon juice. Mix it with some water and salt or vinegar and clean your shelves thoroughly. This mix is very good if you are trying to keep your fridge out of germs’ way.