£2 cupboard staple ‘trick’ from Aldi removes unpleasant fridge odours without chemicals

The horror of opening your fridge only to be met by a stench is all too familiar, and shockingly, research indicates that the average fridge hasn’t seen a proper scrub in 87 days.

A survey involving 2,000 UK residents revealed that nearly one in 10 can’t recall when they last gave their fridge a thorough clean, with over 10 percent under the impression that cleaning is redundant due to the appliance’s temperature control.

Good Housekeeping advises that to avoid food bacteria spread and to keep odours at bay, fridges should undergo a deep clean every three to six months.

The usual suspects for these vile smells are rotten food, strong-smelling leftovers, and grimy drip trays. However, devotees of cleaning sensation Mrs Hinch have divulged their straightforward solutions for quickly eliminating foul fridge odours, reports the Mirror.

On the Mrs Hinch Cleaning Tips Facebook group, a member sought advice: “Advice please. One of the unopened cartons of milk had been leaking in the back of the fridge.

“I’ve emptied the fridge and given it a good clean. The kitchen and around the fridge still stinks of off-milk five days on. I’m now wondering if some of the milk had gone down that little drainage hole in the bottom of the fridge.”

The puzzled homeowner asked: “How can I clean behind this drainage hole? I hope you understand what I mean. Thanks in advance for any advice.”

In response, fellow cleaning enthusiasts were swift to provide their tips, with one user writing: “I find with fridge smells if I put a small dish full of coffee. It does the trick.” Ground coffee can be bought for as little as £2.19 from Aldi and Asda.

Their recommendation is given credibility by experts, with Food Republic hailing coffee as a “remarkably effective and chemical-free way” to neutralise overpowering odours. They suggest leaving coffee grounds in a wide-mouthed jar or bowl inside the refrigerator for 24 hours.

Another follower of Mrs Hinch offered: “Cut a fresh lemon in half and put it in the fridge for a few hours, it makes a massive difference,” while another suggested: “Raw onion absorbs it.”

One participant advised paying attention to the dip tray at the back of the fridge, suggesting it should be cleaned regularly to prevent offensive smells, even if no milk or similar substances have spilt inside.

“There will be a tray on the back you can take out. There will be milk in it. I’ve had this happen a few times,” they added.

Another agreed and said: “Check the drip tray at the back of the fridge just above the motor usually.”

One member of the cleaning community advised: “I give the little hole at the back a little clean with a cotton bud.”

When undertaking a fridge clean, “soapy water” can also prove useful, another page member stated. One individual added: “Use a sponge to soak it up.”

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