Newspaper Kills Refrigerator Odor - Video
Save the newspaper for that smelly fridge.
Newspaper works best at snaring those nasty invisible stinky molecules that float around your refrigerator and freezer. Just take a section of newspaper and crunch it up like a basketball to expose more surface area and put it in the freezer section of your refrigerator. Yes, that is correct, in the freezer. There is no need to put it in the fresh food section since 100% of the air in your refrigerator circulates through the freezer first. Change it once a week and your refrigerator will be fresh as new. If you need to store something especially smelly overnight like fish or that leftover pizza in the box, just put some newspaper on top of the container for extra odor absorption.
Still wondering if it works?
Place a section of crunched up newspaper in your freezer for a few days. Take it out and give it the old smell test. After that you will have no doubt that it works!
Use cat litter and activated charcoal to remove refrigerator odors.
Unscented cat litter and activated charcoal can also be used. Simply spread some on a cookie sheet and put it in the fresh food section of your refrigerator. That having been said, we still think that newspaper is best because you were just going to throw it away anyway. Hey, that makes removing the smelly odors from your refrigerator FREE! Plus you don’t have to worry about spilling cat litter or activated charcoal in your leftovers.
What Is the Ideal Refrigerator Temperature
The ideal refrigerator fresh food section temperature is 38 degrees Fahrenheit. Most fluctuate between 38 and 40 degrees. The appropriate way to check a refrigerator fresh food temperature is by checking the temperature of a liquid that has been stored in the refrigerator for 24 hours. That's because we are most concerned with the product temperature, not the air temperature. Because the refrigerator turns on and off the air temperature in a refrigerator constantly fluctuates. Every time the door is open warm humid air rushes in increasing the temperature. The freezer section of a refrigerator is designed to operate at a temperature range of 0 to 10 degrees Fahrenheit. Obviously the food in the freezer will freeze at any temperature below 32 degrees. But just like the fresh food section, warm humid air is introduced every time the freezer door is opened. Keeping your freezer temperature as stable as possible will extend the time food can be stored in the freezer, plus it will help maintain the temperature in the fresh food section. If you don't have a lot of food stored in your freezer, fill some empty plastic containers, such as gallon milk containers 3/4 of the way to the top with water to allow for expansion when it freezes. Putting as many as you can in your freezer will help maintain the temperature of your freezer and fresh food section. Plus it will prolong the life of your refrigerator and reduce energy consumption, by decreasing the amount of time the refrigerator must operate.
How to Set the Controls on a Refrigerator
Since the main cooling section of over 95% of refrigerators used in the United States is located in the freezer, air from the freezer must be circulated in the fresh food section to keep it cold. Air is circulated through the evaporator located in the freezer by a fan, and delivered to the fresh food section through an air duct. In most cases the device that controls the actual running time of the refrigerator is located in the fresh food section. That is usually a thermostat, or a thermistor that sends a signal to an electronic control.
The ideal control settings on most refrigerators is to center both controls. Adjustments can be made to increase or decrease the temperature in the fresh food section. When you look at the thermostat setting on a refrigerator you may see numbers that range from 1 to 10. In this case, you would set the control at 5. Same way with the damper control in the freezer, although sometimes this control is also located in the fresh food section. Keep in mind however that the freezer control in most cases only controls the amount of air that leaves the freezer and enters the fresh food section. Just like the thermostat or thermistor control, the freezer control is normally set to the center position.