Back in the May 2005 issue of Trailer Life, we ran a letter from Diana Brown concerning refrigerator smell and what to do about it. In addition to the steps we detailed in that column, we received a variety of innovative and interesting solutions from readers. Apparently the stinky refrigerator problem is fairly widespread, so we’ve posted a few of the additional solutions here:
Smell Cure No. 1
After she does the cleaning as you described, that will kill all the germs that caused the problem. Next, Diana should get two plastic one-pound margarine-type tubs and crush up to three charcoal briquettes into a fine powder to put into each tub. Leave them in the freezer when it’s not in use after an extended period, and the smell will go away.
This what I had to do after my freezer lost power, and I had some pork and chicken go really bad. After a winter with the charcoal in there, the smell never came back.
— F.D., Kent, Washington
Smell Cure No. 2, Part 1
I have never tried hydrogen peroxide, but I did try the baking soda for the smell that rotting meat left in our refrigerator, and it did not take out the smell. So I went to a pet-supply store and bought an enzyme used to remove pet odors. I thoroughly wet down the entire inside of the freezer and let it dry. The odor was gone, even after closing it up for a day with the refrigerator turned off. If one application does not work, a second most surely will.
— L.M.L., Via e-mail
Smell Cure No. 2, Part 2
In reference to your article on refrigerator smell, we had the same problem. We purchased a product called Niloder, available at pet stores, and it works wonders on smells.
— C.M., Via e-mail
Thanks for all of your suggestions. Let’s hope they help clear the air, so to speak.
Jeff Johnston, TL consulting editor, started RVing at age 6. During his more than 20 years as a writer/photographer, he has worked for Truckin’ and Four Wheeler magazines before joining TL’s technical staff in 1985. Johnston also has produced an award-winning travel video and TV commercials.