This is the solution for a smelly fridge. It’s very annoying to open your fridge only to be met with a nasty smell. You can take everything out of the fridge and clean the entire thing, but you might not always have the time to do that – or feel like doing it. Plus, a smelly fridge isn’t necessarily dirty. Perhaps you just have some leftovers that smell like garlic or onion. To mask these kinds of smells, you can use this handy trick with a tea bag! You don’t need to clean out your entire fridge right away.
It’s not that strange that nasty smells develop in your fridge. After all, it holds a ton of different food products, each with their own smell. Not all food products can stand the temperature of your fridge very well, so it’s logical they start to smell after a while. Food that’s passed its expiration date can also start to smell; think of leftovers with garlic, onion or different types of cabbage. Does your fridge emit some dubious smells but do you not have the time to have an elaborate cleaning session? This simple trick can work wonders. All you need is a used a tea bag.
Before you apply this trick, make sure you remove the culprit of the nasty smell from your fridge or transfer it to an airtight container. Ready? Take a used tea bag and leave it to dry properly. Place it on a saucer and then place this saucer in a central spot in your fridge. If you have a particularly large fridge, you can use multiple tea bags. You’ll notice that the smell will get absorbed by the tea bag pretty quickly. Don’t drink tea? You can also use a small bowl of coffee grounds or baking soda instead.
Now we know that tea bags have the ability to mask nasty smells, why not try it on different areas of your home as well? You can put a used tea bag in your cat’s litter box or at the bottom of your trash can and it will work wonders there as well.
Bonus tip: Tea can also protect your houseplants from harmful fungi or moulds. Boil some water and add the used tea bag to this. You’ll be making a kind of weak tea. Let this tea water cool down completely and then use it to water your indoor plants.