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Comment: I have (twice) recently seen that putting baking soda in the
refrigerator does not eliminate odors.

Can you confirm or deny?

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Works just peachy in my freezer.

But is that the same as putting it in the fridge?

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I've always been a fan of cleaning out the smelly NFBSK from my fridge, rather than using baking soda. The same principle applies for Febreeze and similar products. Just wash the damn curtains/couch cover/whatever. I know, I know, some things aren't washable (although why someone would buy such an unwashable product is beyond me).

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If it was my own refrigerator, I would eat it all out and clean it. Unless the expiration date happens to be six days old.

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^Fridge odor smell

I keep baking soda in the fridge, but I don't know if it really helps or not. A quick Google search gives conflicting answers. This site seems to recommend using it mostly as a cleaning agent, not just keeping it in the fridge. Straight Dope seems to think it works. However, this guy doesn't really think it does a lot of good.

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I've always been a fan of cleaning out the smelly NFBSK from my fridge, rather than using baking soda. The same principle applies for Febreeze and similar products. Just wash the damn curtains/couch cover/whatever. I know, I know, some things aren't washable (although why someone would buy such an unwashable product is beyond me).

Judy

[hijack]I use Febreeze for our winter coats after we go over to my in-laws in the winter (they smoke) and I don't feel like washing them every time. It also works well on foam mascot costumes that don't get washed because they'll fall apart.[/hijack]

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Baking soda in the fridge, especially the boxes specifically designed for it, seems to be a North American thing. I buy baking soda is amounts similar to spices - there are no larger containers. I do use it for cleaning the fridge.

[hijack]If you hang smoky clothes outside overnight, most of the smoky smell will go away by morning. No chemicals needed. We do this after spending an evening in a smoky bar.[/hijack]

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Mom always put a box of arm&hammer in the fridge...don't know if it really works, I can't smell a thing anyway.
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Baking soda is great for cleaning scummy surfaces and burnt-on stuff on pans. You can buy it in a shaker can now and it's kind of granulated. i just found it at Costco in a large size which is marketed for use in swimming pools. After you leaave it in the fridge awhile you can clean with it (whether it will deodorize the fridge or not...) Pouring some down the garbage disposal seems to freshen it a bit. Of course it foams up when mixed w vinegar and I didn't find that effective enough for cleaning the drain.

(I'm not really that domestic but it really does work and has to be better for the environment than a lot of things you could use)

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If you cover/wrap the things in the fridge and keep it reasonably wiped up, what are these odors that are so important to eliminate? I don't put baking soda in mine and I don't smell anything much, certainly nothing objectionable.

Maybe people think it works because there are no odors in their fridges to begin with.

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Unrelated to it's powers in the fridge, but baking soda has been the only thing to cure my heartburn these past 9 months. A God send I tells ya!

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I keep a box in my fridge, which came with my apartment. When I moved in, it had been off for a while and was very stuffy/plastic-y smelling.

It works to keep the garbage can fresh, so I don't see why it wouldn't work in a fridge, unless there were science experiments growing!

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My parents are cleaning the refrigerator out, since all the perishables within spoiled when the pwer went out, thanks to Katrina. They're looking for a place to get a canister of activated charcoal, since they think baking soda won't work (or some of the URL's mentioned above say). Where would we find a canister of activated charcoal?

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Charcoal Briquettes work very well.-I have no idea where you'd get activated charcoal.

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quote:
Originally posted by Die Capacitrix:
If you hang smoky clothes outside overnight, most of the smoky smell will go away by morning. No chemicals needed. We do this after spending an evening in a smoky bar.

That may not work so well during the winter. Anything left out overnight in the winter, such as the winter coats Algae was talking about, probably won't be wearable again until it's been back inside for quite some time to warm up. We can't even leave our footwear in the mudroom during winter because they're frozen in the morning.

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Pseudo_Croat, pet stores sell carbon for use in fish tank filters. I don't know if it's "activated", but it might work.

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Thanks, Nuclear Mosquito. I'll give it a try.

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I was thinking at one point they had an X Day guarantee or your money back at one point or if it is even still existing. Couldn't find any relative links.

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quote:
Originally posted by Jenn:
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Originally posted by Die Capacitrix:
If you hang smoky clothes outside overnight, most of the smoky smell will go away by morning. No chemicals needed. We do this after spending an evening in a smoky bar.

That may not work so well during the winter. Anything left out overnight in the winter, such as the winter coats Algae was talking about, probably won't be wearable again until it's been back inside for quite some time to warm up. We can't even leave our footwear in the mudroom during winter because they're frozen in the morning.
Forgot about real winter. It normally doesn't get so cold here - we hover around freezing (+/- 5 C) for most of the winter. Even then I try to bring in my coat about 15 minutes before leaving. Since I normally go to work by car (and wearing a sweater, etc.), it's not so critical that my coat is totally warmed up.

Did I mention I really don't like the smell of Febreeze?

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I have many, many pets. Okay -- 7 pets. Febreze is terrific just as insurance. I don't think my house smells, but I spray the Febreze and lose the residual paranoia.

Because you can't wash everything every day.

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quote:
Originally posted by Die Capacitrix:
Did I mention I really don't like the smell of Febreeze?

I tried it once. I preferred the odor I was trying to kill to the odor of the Febreze.

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Baking soda is supposed to control humidity and thus keep things from going bad.

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quote:
Originally posted by Pseudo_Croat:
My parents are cleaning the refrigerator out, since all the perishables within spoiled when the pwer went out, thanks to Katrina. They're looking for a place to get a canister of activated charcoal, since they think baking soda won't work (or some of the URL's mentioned above say). Where would we find a canister of activated charcoal?

- Pseudo "hurricanes stink" Croat

They have some special odor eliminators at Bed Bath & Beyond (or any similarly themed store, I assume). Can't vouch for how they work, but that's one place to search.

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quote:
Originally posted by Sara at home:
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Originally posted by Die Capacitrix:
Did I mention I really don't like the smell of Febreeze?

I tried it once. I preferred the odor I was trying to kill to the odor of the Febreze.
I agree 100% with that. Plus the Febreeze smell seemed to last way longer than any odor ever would. Of course this was before they offered a variety of smells, but I've been afraid to try any of them since.

As far as smoky coats/clothes, I've usually found good results with putting the item into a dryer and fluffing (no heat). If the smoke is really strong, put fabric softener on a damp cloth and add it too.

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quote:
Originally posted by Pseudo_Croat:
My parents are cleaning the refrigerator out, since all the perishables within spoiled when the pwer went out, thanks to Katrina. They're looking for a place to get a canister of activated charcoal, since they think baking soda won't work (or some of the URL's mentioned above say). Where would we find a canister of activated charcoal?

- Pseudo "hurricanes stink" Croat

We had to empty the fridge because of Katrina as well and my sister told me to use coffee and it worked great. Just get some cheap coffee and pour it into some bowls and put it into the fridge and freezer. I still use baking soda in the fridge, I don't know why, it is just what mom did all those years.

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Baking soda is also great for removing tea stains from teacups and kettles. Just make a paste using a little water, let it sit for a minute or so, then rub and rinse. I've tried it and found that it really works.
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My mom uses bakeing soda in the frige and it keeps everything fresh.

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quote:
Originally posted by Pseudo_Croat:
My parents are cleaning the refrigerator out, since all the perishables within spoiled when the pwer went out, thanks to Katrina. They're looking for a place to get a canister of activated charcoal, since they think baking soda won't work (or some of the URL's mentioned above say). Where would we find a canister of activated charcoal?


I Googled it and it seems like lots of places sell it! Seems like it's mostly for treating poisonings, which may come in handy if you accidently eat some of that food! [Eek!]

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