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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  • 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

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.

  • +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

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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    Used, dried coffee grounds will do it too; the contents of the discard bin from an espresso machine etc, transferred into an open container is dry enough to put straight in the fridge. – Tetsujin Dec 6 '18 at 15:19

In order,to avoid bad smell after defrosting, I use vinegar. Clean up fridge inside with rag wetted with vinegar.

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