The $14 Hack That’ll Get Rid of the Stinky Smells in Your Fridge

published Aug 4, 2022
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When it comes to fridge health, I have a little confession to make… and I’ll bet you do, too. If you’re with me (and willing to admit it), then there’s some kind of funky odor emanating from your fridge when you open it. And hey, it’s normal, although not necessarily pleasant. Chances are it’s gonna smell some kind of way, especially if you have leftovers in there. For a long, long time, I thought the only way to eliminate the odor was with a deep clean (aka my least favorite cleaning chore). As it turns out, I’ve been doing it all wrong! There’s a simple solution that lots of people are raving about, and it requires no scrubbing, spraying, or wiping.

Meet the Arm & Hammer Fridge Fresh Refrigerator Air Filter. It’s basically a smarter version of that open box of baking soda in the very back of the top shelf of your fridge. If only I had known about these handy little devices sooner, I could’ve saved myself a whole lot of afternoons with refrigerator shelves in the kitchen sink, soap up to my elbows, and food getting closer to room temp by the minute.

How does it work? Baking soda is a versatile substance that reacts with both acidic and alkaline molecules by transforming them into sodium salts that don’t smell. It’s essentially performing odor alchemy (cool, right?). This little gadget contains a compact disk of baking soda safely contained in a breathable sleeve that never spills or leaks. The disk is backed with a suction cup, so you can attach it anywhere you’d like inside of your fridge. It lasts a month — or at least will be most effective in that time frame — and has a handy replacement indicator so you’ll know when it’s time to swap it out for a new one.

Amazon reviewers attest to the magic-like effects of the Fridge Fresh Refrigerator Air Filters. “So my new fridge was getting stinky and I couldn’t figure out what it was from. I cleaned it out and still smelled,” commented one user. “I ordered these… at night I put [them] in and the next morning boom fresh and clean smelling. I was blown away, I expected it to take a few days but nope less than 12 hrs and my fridge was smelling like new again.” Convinced yet?

Another reviewer praised the solution for its space-saving abilities and mess-free installation. “These are so much more convenient than having the bulky box of Arm & Hammer stuck in the back of your fridge! Just use the attached suction cup to stick this guy to the inside wall of your fridge.” We’d actually argue that it’s easier to stick one of these on the side of the fridge than it is to reach all the way in there to place the box. “[The] added bonus is these are completely mess free. No more accidentally knocking over an open box or box bursting open unexpectedly.” Sounds like a clean-smelling dream!

Bottom line: Whether or not you have a few lingering odors in your fridge, these brilliant little game changers will keep your trusted appliance clean — and they’re just $15 for four! There’s literally no reason not to buy them, which is why I’m going to add a pack to my cart right now. If you like a clean, fresh-smelling fridge, I’d advise you to do the same.