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Old 06-09-2018, 09:05 PM   #11
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OK. The wife and I went out for the first time this year a few weeks ago. Great trip, nothing went wrong, wonderful time. Last friday we went out again to a new spot on our favorite lake. Pulled up, set up, opened the kitchen to start setting up, HOLY S%^&! WTF died in here?!?!?!? Back up, gag, regain composure. Look around kitchen from a distance, nothing. Open refer and just about lose breakfast all over the trailer. So I held my breath, squinted (cause I thought that might help) and opened the fridge. WOW. I've never smelled anything so foul. I've ridden a motorcycle past dead skunks on 100 degree days, and they were like smelling roses compared to this. Nothing in the fridge, so I pop open the freezer and see the offender. A bag of liquid hamburger patties. Yes, I said liquid. 2 weeks of hot storage did them in. After HAZMAT left with the biohazard, I tried to clean, deodorize and make the fridge useable. No go. Question: how can I get rid of the smell, without buying a whole new refrigerator???
I've had a bit of experience with removing odors especially after having had 3 dogs, two kids, and at least on two different occasions, coolers with food in a similar state to yours..
I would take some white wine vinegar and wipe the interior and racks with it.
Let is sit for an hour or so and repeat.. Leave a bowl with about 1 cup of vinegar in the refrig. overnight.

Rinse everything the following day and dust with The old standby, baking soda..

The acid will breakdown the organic proteins that cause the smell and the baking soda will absorb and neutralize any remaining vinegar and organics that create the odors..

Leave the baking soda as is until you plan to use the refrig. That should take care of your odor problem.. repeat as necessary.

Good luck.....
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Old 06-12-2018, 03:40 AM   #12
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Vinegar

I suggest to wipe it down liberally with regular vinegar. We had a capacitor on a spare refrigerator/freezer in our garage go out several years ago when we were out of town for a while. When we returned it was full of rotten food. My wife thought we would have to dispose of the refrigerator. I gave it a good cleaning and a couple of good wet wipe downs with regular cider vinegar and it took care of the smell. Still using the refrigerator/freezer to this day. Keeping baking soda, coffee and/or charcoal in it when you aren't using it is a good idea as well. We always make sure to defrost and dry ours out in the travel trailer and then leave the doors propped open.
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Old 06-13-2018, 11:11 PM   #13
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OK. The wife and I went out for the first time this year a few weeks ago. Great trip, nothing went wrong, wonderful time. Last friday we went out again to a new spot on our favorite lake. Pulled up, set up, opened the kitchen to start setting up, HOLY S%^&! WTF died in here?!?!?!? Back up, gag, regain composure. Look around kitchen from a distance, nothing. Open refer and just about lose breakfast all over the trailer. So I held my breath, squinted (cause I thought that might help) and opened the fridge. WOW. I've never smelled anything so foul. I've ridden a motorcycle past dead skunks on 100 degree days, and they were like smelling roses compared to this. Nothing in the fridge, so I pop open the freezer and see the offender. A bag of liquid hamburger patties. Yes, I said liquid. 2 weeks of hot storage did them in. After HAZMAT left with the biohazard, I tried to clean, deodorize and make the fridge useable. No go. Question: how can I get rid of the smell, without buying a whole new refrigerator???
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Try wiping/washing it out with pure vanilla essence. It has worked for me with household refrigerators. Sounds like you may need copious amounts though!
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Old 06-13-2018, 11:33 PM   #14
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vanilla, lemon, vinagar, baking soda..... gee, I'm getting hungry, I wonder what kind of leftovers are in the fridge....


How is the hazmat cleanup going GT? have you found a solution yet? Keep us posted.
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Old 06-13-2018, 11:44 PM   #15
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I had this happen once with an egg, ewww! I tried everything, bleach, baking soda,etc. I was ready to replace the fridge but tried one last thing. I put 5 or 6 charcoal bricketes on a paper plate and closed the fridge, got back a week later and no smell! Hope it works for you!
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All the above is right, I once had a chest freezer under shed by garden, it was a week away go home and between house and she'd I thought ever thing in the world died. Two days before I could open it, AND what a mess, tied fourwheeler to it dragged it off and pulled it on its side, weeks still couldn't handle the smell.
It was going to salvage, a friend wanted it, And yap bleach done the trick. A mouse chew the electric cord in to. 600. Dollar lesson it's now inside
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open ziplock bags full of charcoal. Grilling Charcoal is fine, no match lite charcoal. you will have to leave them in there for a while ( weeks), you can still use your freezer but eventually the smell will subside. Hope this helps.

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So 3 days ago, we went with bleach and baking soda. Cleaned thoroughly and sprinkled baking soda all over. Left a box in the fridge, propped everything open and we are hoping. Vinegar is next if this doesn't work.

Thanks for all of the ideas. I will keep trying, and let you know how it goes!
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We tried both of these with limited sucess. Using coffee,not Starbucks, needs to be changed every other day. No more than one cup.
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Just a thought on Oxi Clean. Never tried this on our rotten chicken, at the time we were not buying it for laundry.
Try diluting in warm water,bucket,wipe down walls. Oxi will remove Odors from laundry easily. Good luck.
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