Woman shares photo of her filthy drip tray, after discovering it at the bottom of her fridge

A woman who was unable to trace the source of a bad smell in her kitchen, left a cleaning group speechless after discovering the drip tray in her fridge.

Charlotte Ann from Nottingham, took to Facebook’s Mrs Hinch Cleaning Tips group to share photo of the mould and putrid liquid that had gathered at the bottom of her refrigerator. 

She explained in her post to the online community of over 100,000 members, that she’d never realised that fridges have a tray to collect liquid. 

The post immediately received a stream of comments from others who were unaware of drip trays, and those seeking advice for how to clean their own.

Charlotte Ann from Nottingham, a member of the Mrs Hinch Cleaning Tips group on Facebook, stunned fellow members after revealing the contents of her fridge's drip tray

Charlotte Ann from Nottingham, a member of the Mrs Hinch Cleaning Tips group on Facebook, stunned fellow members after revealing the contents of her fridge's drip tray

Charlotte Ann from Nottingham, a member of the Mrs Hinch Cleaning Tips group on Facebook, stunned fellow members after revealing the contents of her fridge’s drip tray 

Voicing their astonishment, many Facebook users revealed they were unaware of drip trays and felt ‘gutted’ about not cleaning their fridge properly.

One person wrote: ‘Omg I never knew this!!!! I’ve always had freestanding but have integrated now. I am gutted, I really want to clean mine! Xx’

Sharing a photo of her own, another said: ‘Omg Charlotte Ann, I want to kiss you and kill you at same time bbz. As if I’ve never known this… now how to get it off.’

A third added: ‘I didn’t know this! Mines! integrated! How do I get to this?? Where exactly is it located?’ 

A flood of responses to the post revealed that many people are unaware of drip trays in their fridges and how best to clean them

A flood of responses to the post revealed that many people are unaware of drip trays in their fridges and how best to clean them

A flood of responses to the post revealed that many people are unaware of drip trays in their fridges and how best to clean them

A number of contributors to the thread attempted to explain the purpose of drip trays and advised on how best to clean them.

What is a drip tray? 

The drip tray catches condensation flowing from the defrost drain in the  freezer to the outside of the frdige where it can evaporate. 

It’s usually located in the bottom of the fridge, under the kick panel, and should be cleaned every three months as it can become blocked.   

One person wrote: ‘… that little hole is supposed to drain the water away, you need to clean it with either a long pipe cleaner or those very slim bottle brushes.’

Another said: ‘It drains to a container above the compressor at the back of the fridge towards the bottom. The heat from the compressor evaporates the water. But it should be lifted out and washed occasionally.’

Responding to the thread, Charlotte revealed she discovered her drip tray at the back of her refrigerator.

She continued: ‘Mine was above the motor in the back. Mine clips off. Be careful pulling it though in case its seized on.’   

A number of Facebook users attempted to explain the purpose of the tray and advised using a slim brush to clean

A number of Facebook users attempted to explain the purpose of the tray and advised using a slim brush to clean

A number of Facebook users attempted to explain the purpose of the tray and advised using a slim brush to clean 

A user speaking under the handle ‘Rory Sutherland’, told how he had thrown a rug away thinking that it was the cause of a bad smell, before discovering the drip tray in his fridge.

He wrote: ‘Haha we had the same thing, I even threw the rug out as thought one of the little ones split some milk on it! But yes it turned out to be the drip tray at the back of the fridge lol’

Another said: ‘We had this the other week, the stench coming from kitchen was making us heave and couldn’t make out where it was coming from until we moved the fridge away from the wall and nearly threw up.

‘Hence to say this job is now down on the calendar as a monthly job to do. It was vile.’

A third added: ‘I have a really old one that keeps leaking water into my fridge, I keep cleaning the little hole inside but didn’t know there was a tray!! I know what I’ll be doing when I get home from work!!’

Others shared their own experiences of bad smells in their kitchen leading them to discover the drip tray

Others shared their own experiences of bad smells in their kitchen leading them to discover the drip tray

Others shared their own experiences of bad smells in their kitchen leading them to discover the drip tray

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