Put a roll of toilet paper in the fridge and you’ll be surprised by what happens.

Social internet has made it possible for ideas, no matter how terrible, to travel like wildfire. You might be perplexed by a few of these patterns. For instance, there appears to be increasing agreement that storing toilet paper in the refrigerator is a smart idea. This hack seems to be the best of all the wacky ideas, despite the abundance of them. Does it, or not? In fact, there might be a good reason to do it. We’ll explain why some people decide to store their toilet paper in the refrigerator; you might be surprised by the explanation.

Although during the pandemic toilet paper became a valuable commodity, this is not the reason why people are keeping toilet paper in their freezer or refrigerators, just like they would cash. What then goes wrong? The freshness factor is the true cause, though.

Believe it or not, some people are putting toilet paper in the fridge to absorb odors.

According to @smartfoxlifehacks, in the second tip in the video, this is a trick that the hotel industry uses to absorb bad odors.

Does It Work?

Yes, it does work! A lot of the nasty smells coming from the refrigerator are from excess moisture that causes mold or mildew. Since toilet paper is very absorbent, it does work to absorb the moisture that contributes to smells.

It does not work as well as baking soda, however. Baking soda not only absorbs moisture but also neutralizes acids that cause odors. So, it’s no surprise that some people recommend putting baking soda on toilet paper before placing the TP in the fridge.

That being said, let’s break down the cost difference between just using baking soda vs. using toilet paper.

Baking soda costs about .99/box. Even though you can get inexpensive toilet paper for around .84/roll, you do need to replace it about every three weeks. On the other hand, baking soda lasts for around three months. So, there isn’t a cost savings for switching to toilet paper.

Although toilet paper is not the most cost-effective option, the hack is definitely useful for temporary emergency situations. After all, it could be a lifesaver when you realize your refrigerator has just developed a smell and you have guests coming over for dinner.

Tips for Keeping Toilet Paper in the Fridge

If you are going to use toilet paper in the fridge, there are some things to keep in mind for it to be effective.

  • Use a fresh roll – toilet paper rolls need to be switched out every three weeks
  • Don’t place the roll next to something that will leak – you’ll end up with a mushy mess as the toilet paper sops up the leak
  • Hide the roll at the back of the refrigerator – it’s not pleasant to look at a roll of toilet paper next to the food you will be eating
  • Throw away the roll when the time is up in the refrigerator – don’t try to reuse the roll in the bathroom as it will be smelly

Other Ways To Deodorize Your Fridge

1. Baking soda

As already mentioned, baking soda does a fantastic job of absorbing and eliminating refrigerator smells.

2. Black cumin seed oil

When food goes bad and leaves a lingering odor in the fridge, this essential oil will deodorize and refresh. Just mix a few drops of the oil with a tablespoon of dish soap and coat a plastic area of the inside of the refrigerator using more or less of the mixture depending on the severity of the smell. Let it set for about two hours and then wash it off.

3. Activated charcoal

Charcoal also absorbs moisture and comes in the form of a powder, filter or fabric.

4. Vanilla extract

Coat a cotton ball with vanilla and place it in the refrigerator to eliminate bad smells and replace them with a pleasant fragrance.

5. Newspaper

For some of the worst smells, simply use newspaper to get rid of them. Empty the refrigerator and then fill the fridge with crumpled newspaper. Sprinkle a little water on the newspaper. Close the door and let sit for a couple of days.

If you’re in the budget for a new refrigerator, you might want to consider one with a UV light purifier. That way you don’t need to rely on other means to deodorize your fridge, the solution is built right in! The ultraviolet light destroys bacteria and mold and some also sanitize the inside of the fridge.