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Storing various meals and products in fridge (or freezer) can result in mixing different flavours, which isn't that great. What are your best practises to avoid the smell?

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closed as off topic by Aaronut Feb 29 '12 at 23:45

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I'm guessing but the down-vote is likely since "fridge smell" isn't exactly a culinary issue. It's a housekeeping problem. –  Robert Cartaino Jul 13 '10 at 19:02
    
Maybe I wasn't specific enough. I don't mean bad smell from the old fridge, I mean having various "nice" flavours that, when mixed, aren't nice any more. Putting everything in boxes is an option, of course, but I'm wondering is there anything more to do. –  Cornelius Jul 13 '10 at 19:43
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Baking soda seems to work well for me, but the best thing is to get rid of old food that is causing the smell, and seal strong-smelling foods in airtight containers.

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+1 for "seal strong-smelling foods in airtight containers". If food is contaminated by smell, it's possible to get bacterial cross contamination between the foods too. Sealed containers! –  Binary Worrier Jul 13 '10 at 15:41
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In order,to avoid bad smell after defrosting, I use vinegar. Clean up fridge inside with rag wetted with vinegar.

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Or try coffee bean. Put a small container of coffee bean in with some holes on the lid so that the coffee aroma can evaporate. Coffee bean will absorb the odor.

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