If the smell that wafts out of your freezer makes you lose your appetite every time you open the door, you've got a problem. Even if you don't mind curbing your hunger from time to time, having an unpleasant smell coming from the appliance that stores your food is just gross.
Not only is it unsanitary, but that terrible odor has a way of permeating all the food inside the freezer -- ice cubes included. Click through the slideshow below to find out what are the most common culprits of freezer smell and how to get rid of it.
Problem: Freezer Burn
Freezer burn happens most often when food is not properly stored in the freezer. While it doesn't make food inedible, it does change the taste and texture of your food and <a href="http://www.ehow.com/info_8764568_causes-freezer-smell.html" target="_hplink">can cause an off smell in the freezer</a>.
Problem: Spoiled Food In The Fridge
You most likely don't have spoiled food in your freezer, since all the food in there is frozen. But if food has spoiled in your fridge, the smell can easily travel into the freezer, creating an unpleasant odor in both spaces.
Problem: Drip Pan
Drip pans are there to collect any water your stand-alone freezer gives off. And that water is not clean -- and definitely doesn't smell like fresh spring water. Keeping the drip pan clean will help control the freezer odors. Just be sure to shut the freezer off before you clean it.
Problem: Ice Maker
You may think the ice maker is safe from bacteria because it only comes in contact with water, but it's actually one of the most <a href="http://www.ehow.com/info_8764568_causes-freezer-smell.html" target="_hplink">common places where bacteria can hide</a>. All the small crevices of the ice maker make it a bacteria breeding ground. If you clean it regularly, not only will that help with your freezer odor, but your ice will taste normal again.
Solution: Defrost The Freezer
Defrosting the freezer may seem like a chore you just don't want to undertake, but it really will do wonders on fixing that unpleasant odor. For a step by step tutorial on how to defrost your freezer,<a href="http://www.wikihow.com/Defrost-a-Freezer" target="_hplink"> check out this site</a>.
Solution: Vinegar, Baking Soda Or Coffee Grounds
While defrosting your freezer should always be the first step in cleaning out this appliance, sometimes that just isn't enough for getting rid of odors. You can try the baking soda cure (place a bowl of baking soda in the freezer with the door open for a couple of hours. You can try the vinegar method -- wiping the freezer down with a warm water and vinegar mixture. Or you could try the coffee cure -- place of bowl of grounds in the freezer with the door closed for a couple of hours. These three natural methods <a href="http://www.fsis.usda.gov/pdf/removing_odors_from_refrigerators_and_freezers.pdf" target="_hplink">absorb the unpleasant smells</a>.
Solution: Commercial Cleaners
If all other cleaning methods fail, fear not. There are always commercial cleaners sold at hardware and house-ware stores that clear up the unwanted odors. To use these, just follow the <a href="http://www.fsis.usda.gov/pdf/removing_odors_from_refrigerators_and_freezers.pdf" target="_hplink">manufacturer's instructions</a>.
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