A recipe to make an easy and effective fridge freshener! Perfect for a real-food household that buys a lot of produce. It’s also frugal and 100% pure and natural!
Real Food Fridges Can Have a STANK
What is that smell? Where is it coming from?
You know what I’m talking about. That funky, musty odor that can sometimes permeate your nose when you open the fridge. As a real food household my fridge sees everything from sauteed kale leftovers, thawing shrimp, sauerkraut to bone broth. Needless to say, things can start to smell pretty icky after awhile.
Recently, I was so fed up with this mystery funk that I broke down and did a deep clean in my fridge and freezer. It was definitely long overdue, something I realized once I removed the contents and saw the residue, sticky messes, crumbs and who knows what left behind. I was actually shocked, as I like to think that I keep the fridge and freezer relatively clean. I removed the contents, discarded old/expired foods, washed the shelving, sprayed and wiped the inside and replaced the contents. Tip: wipe down the bottles and containers before putting them back in case they have sticky residue on the bottoms. I was so happy with my new fridge/freezer, that I’d sneak into the kitchen, open the doors and just enjoy the view. Unfortunately, the mystery funk was still there! Even after a deep cleaning, the fridge and the freezer still had a lingering smell that I could no longer blame on the sad, moldy, forgotten bag of spinach that had taken up lodging in the depths of my crisper drawer.
I recalled the Arm & Hammer Fridge Fresh boxes that I had seen at the grocery store and thought try them to see if that would help. I had them in my shopping cart and then thought that I’d try my hand at a DIY version instead. Seriously, it’s just silly to spend the money (no it’s not a lot, but still!) on a simple box of baking soda. I use baking soda for various things around the house (cleaning, teeth whitening, exfoliating, etc.) and buy the big bulk bags from Costco. It lasts forever! Adding a few drops of lemon essential oil really helped give it a yummy smelling boost!
And guess what, it actually worked! After placing one of these in my fridge and one in my freezer, the mystery funk smell was gone by the next day. And it hasn’t returned yet!
It couldn’t be easier. Here’s what you’ll need:
- Small glass jar & ring (wide mouth would be preferable to provide more surface area)
- Baking soda
- Lemon essential oil – other ideas include Purification, any other citrus oils (orange, lime, grapefruit), and Thieves (where I buy my essential oils)
- Small square of fabric (try to find something that isn’t too tightly woven. Cheesecloth would be great!)
Fill your jar half full of baking soda, add 4-6 drops of essential oils and stir thoroughly. Cover the jar with the fabric and secure with the jar ring (not the lid). This allows the air to circulate into the jar and destroy the odor. Place it anywhere in the fridge and/or freezer.
TIP: Write the date on the jar with a dry erase marker, then replace the mixture after three months or earlier if things get funky before then.
Look how cute this freshener looks! It’s getting cozy with a jar of my homemade mayo.
I am really impressed with the results and my fridge and freezer are still smelling great!
I’d love to hear if you try this and what you think!