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How to Clean Refrigerator That Is Smelly After Being Unplugged

I'm going to be leasing a rental house soon and the house has a refrigerator.
Someone unplugged the refrigerator and kept the doors shut and now it is smelly.
Does anyone know the best way to resolve this problem? Thank you!

What can I do next?

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Wash it out with baking soda in warm water. Maybe put some baking soda in some bowls and leave in for a few days.

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Bleach water. Put something in the door so it stays open while ti dries out, and then once it's dry, turn it on and put it on a colder setting than normal. Put a few open containers of baking soda inside.

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Clean it with baking soda and then leave some inside in an open bowl. You can use bleach and water too if there is mold.

I am a landlord and I would request that they replace the fridge. If there is any mold inside there is a chance that it will always smell. Another option is to purchase your own fridge and ask the landlord to remove the old one until after you move out. Then you have your own fridge.

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Wash it out with baking soda in warm water. Maybe put some baking soda in some bowls and leave in for a few days.

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My father repaired and sold appliances. He would sometimes get a smelly refrigerator in and would clean it with bleach and water (or you can use vinegar and water), dry it out, and then sit large containers of unused coffee grounds inside with the door closed for a few days. He said it worked most of the time.

If the mold has gotten into the insulation there will always be an off smell but it will not be as noticeable once the refrigerator has been turned on and run for a few days as it was when it was warm.

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It's nearly impossible because the mold gets inside it but try scrubbing with baking soda and water... everything. Then open the doors and let completely dry and try putting plates of baking soda or coffee grinds inside to absorb odor. After it is completely dry you can plug in the fridge. I'd leave the odor absorber in for longer but it should clear out eventually.

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I had the same problem i moved in to an aprment and the frige smalled and i just used water and blech and it worked wonderfully try it it might work for you too good luck :)

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10% Bleach solution in a spray bottle will help (spray on and let it sit for a while before wiping off), after that keep a bowl with baking soda in the fridge at all times.
Our fridge (in the last rental we had) never totally lost that smell but if you kept it COLD (as in colder than you usually would) it was acceptable.
Good luck.

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clean with some bleach and water

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