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Old 06-07-2018, 09:39 PM   #1
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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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Old 06-07-2018, 11:25 PM   #3
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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???

A few boxes of baking soda and leave the door open. Then a bleach wash and more baking soda.
It seems as if the plastics used in gas refrigerators absorb road kill smells worse than residential refrigerators.
It'll go away but it needs ventilated and tons of baking soda.
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I'll second the tons of baking soda. AND more baking soda. Once you do get rid of the smell, I would recommend that you always leave an open container of baking soda in the freezer and one in the frig. It will help keep odors away during use and while in transition if the frig is shut off.
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3 boxes of baking soda so far, and always keep one in each fridge. Cleaned with bleach first thing, went and bought 2 boxes of baking soda and still couldn't go near the fridge the whole weekend.
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I was once told by an appliance salesperson that after a refrigerator has been used or operated and then shut down it's best to leave the doors cracked. That keeps the stuffy smells out.
Mine is that way now, doors open. Helps the mice get in and out easier.
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3 boxes of baking soda so far, and always keep one in each fridge. Cleaned with bleach first thing, went and bought 2 boxes of baking soda and still couldn't go near the fridge the whole weekend.

It'll take awhile to get it ventilated. The stank has penetrated behind the plastic lining and into the refrigerator box cavity and insulation.
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Since you have already tried cleaning with bleach and are using baking soda, here are a couple more remedies that may help:
1. Use activated charcoal in an open bowl and place in the freezer; suppose to absorb odors.
2. Place coffee grounds in a bowl and place in the freezer....

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If you wipe it down with lemon juice and then place a bowl full of lemon juice in there for about a week or so, then it will smell prettier and you will have a sweet smelling stank.
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