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Question: Storing a refrigerator

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  • Refrigerators and freezers should be stored with the doors removed. Not only for the reasons you mention but also because it's an irresistible place for kids to play, and they can suffocate quite quickly inside once the door closes.
  • Put in a box of something water absorbant, like silica gel or maybe even kitty litter, then chain the door shut. It wouldn't hurt to tilt the fridge forward a bit after it's been defrosted to help get out any standing water either. Good luck.
    • Put in a box of something water absorbant, like silica gel or maybe even kitty litter,

      Good idea. Will that remove bacteria too?

      then chain the door shut.

      Why? The suction of the door ought to keep it shut.

      It wouldn't hurt to tilt the fridge forward a bit after it's been defrosted to help get out any standing water either.

      Actually, it's pretty dry already. The freezer didn't frost over too much.

      Good luck.

      Thanx!
      • then chain the door shut.
        Why? The suction of the door ought to keep it shut.

        It's that kids issue again. Seriously, unless you are going to supervise every kid that enters the building for every second (which is impossible), you need to make it physically impossible for them to shut themselves in the fridge.

    • Do you think baking soda is good enough?
      • Baking soda adsorbs odor molecules and maybe a little water. It wouldn't hurt to have a box in there, but you really need something to keep the internal air dry. If it's moist in there, all sorts of fungal nastiness will grow. I seem to remember a high end kitty litter for about $10 a bag at a pet store that was just a bunch of marbles of silica gel along with odor adsorbants. A bag of that in the vegi crisper should do the trick for years if you keep the door shut.

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