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After your power has been restored, you will need to clean and deodorize your refrigerator. Here are some helpful tips.

  • Remove all drawers, racks, and shelves. Wash them in soapy water and rinse in clear water. Then wipe them down with a solution of 1 tablespoon of chlorine bleach per gallon of water.
  • Wash the inside of the refrigerator with a mixture of 1 cup of baking soda to a gallon of warm water.
  • Turn on the refrigerator and fill it with clean, crumpled newspaper that has been sprinkled with water.
  • Continue to run the refrigerator for several days, changing newspapers every other day.
  • Once refrigerator odor has been significantly reduced, place an open box of baking soda inside, and start using your refrigerator again.

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Publication date: June 5, 2014

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