I Put a Cork in the Refrigerator Overnight and Solved an Annoying Problem
There is a very annoying problem that affects many of our refrigerators: the issue of bad smell. You’ve removed the gorgonzola from inside, taken out the watermelon, wrapped the cheeses in paper, and yet opening the fridge releases a not-exactly-pleasant smell. Well, to overcome this problem, all you have to do is put a cork in the refrigerator.
What happens if I put a cork in the refrigerator?
Cleaning the refrigerator is a task often overlooked in our home cleaning routine. This is because it is a boring, annoying, and time-consuming job. In addition to sanitising it correctly, you need to remove all food items and temporarily store them in another fridge to maintain the cold chain. This additional effort contributes to the reluctance to thoroughly clean the refrigerator.
Ideally, we should clean the fridge thoroughly at least every two months. Chemical products aren’t necessary; simply empty the fridge, unplug it and clean it with a water and white wine vinegar (or lemon) solution for a preferred scent. Alternatively, try a paste of baking soda and water. Be cautious not to over-rub the seals to avoid damage, as they are crucial in maintaining the fridge’s airtightness.
Once cleaned, you can try the cork stopper trick to prevent unpleasant odors from returning. Take a cork (or more than one if the smell is very intense), cut it in half, and add a few drops of essential oil, preferably citrus. Place it on a saucer or glass, and position it inside the fridge.
This method ensures that the cork absorbs any lingering bad odors while simultaneously releasing the pleasant aroma of the chosen essential oil. Obviously, you will have to replace the cork every 4-5 days to maintain its effectiveness in keeping the fridge smelling fresh.