My last tenant was, to put it mildly, a slob. I spent several hours cleaning the fridge pictured below, with a steam cleaner and various cleaning products until it looked nearly new. I then removed the rear of the freezer that housed the fan and cleaned the drain channels there as well (which were in a bit better condition than I expected).

I then added a fresh box of baking soda to both the refrigerator and freezer sections, however after a few days of running the fridge it still smells.

My refrigerator looks clean, why does it still smell? and how can I fix it?

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  • While well written, it's an appliance question. – Bryce Mar 14 '14 at 4:50
  • @Bryce I thought only small home appliances were off topic. – Edwin Mar 14 '14 at 5:42
  • This is on topic but don't understand the pictures of the initial mess. Funny though. – DMoore Mar 14 '14 at 6:08
  • I have dealt with this problem many times as well. I found that Clorox Clean Up does a decent job, sometimes followed by a strong citrus acid type cleaner. – shirlock homes Mar 14 '14 at 8:17
  • Have you cleaned the drain pan underneath? Setting a bowl of white vinegar, and/or activated charcoal in it for several days may help. You can also search for "refrigerator stinks after cleaning" for other ideas. – getterdun Mar 14 '14 at 11:50

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