Despite our best efforts, refrigerators can tend to get a bit funky.
Meal planning and the best of intentions are pretty good at minimizing the number of science experiments that you’ll grow in your home, but sometimes the produce just wasn’t as fresh or the leftovers get left behind.
Even just halves of cut onions or other pungent foods can stink up your fridge.
So, we put a box of baking soda in the back to absorb all of the smells – but does it really work?
MYTH: Baking soda helps absorb bad smells in the refrigerator.
Verdict: FALSE. This seems to be one of those things that we do because our mothers did it, and because marketing is good.
Besides not working terribly well as it is, an open container of baking soda in the refrigerator can absorb moisture in the air and form a crust on the top of the powder, making it even less effective in eliminating bad smells.
How to keep your refrigerator smelling fresh
This one is simple – keep your fridge clean. Toss produce as it goes bad, don’t keep leftovers for weeks on end, and keep cut up pungent foods in air-tight containers – it’s as good at keeping in the smells as it is at keeping them fresh.
What crazy kitchen myths have you heard? Is there anything you’d like me to debunk? Let me know in the comments or email me!