You ever have food spoil in a refrigerator or freezer? The odor of spoiled food can sometimes be extremely difficult to remove from your appliance.
The 1st step to getting rid of the horrible smell is to thoroughly clean the outside of the appliance with a very mild household cleaning solution diluted with water.
Use a solution of one tablespoon chlorine bleach per gallon of water to to clean the inside of the refrigerator or freezer. Avoid using household cleaners inside of the freezer or refrigerator.
If possible keep the appliance unplugged and leave the door propped open for one or two days in order to air it out a bit and let any fumes escape. Be sure you clean around the locks, hinge and the door seal.
If the odors still remain you should try 1 of the following 4 methods:
- Place freshly ground coffee on a couple of cookie sheets and place them into your freezer or refrigerator and then close the door and let the appliance run for a couple of days. After that you may have a slight coffee smell which will go away after you wipe down the inside of the unit again.
- Pack a bunch of crumpled up newspaper into each of the shelves of your refrigerator or freezer. Now place a cup of water onto the top shelf or you can alternately sprinkle the newspaper itself with some water but don't soak it. Let the refrigerator or freezer run for around 5 or 6 days total and although it is a bit time-consuming it can effectively remove even strong odors that other methods fail on.
- Take some trays of what is called activated charcoal, and place them on the shelves of the refrigerator or freezer. Run the appliance empty for 2 or 3 days. You can get activated charcoal at your local aquarium supply store. If you have trouble finding activated charcoal you can also try using some clean kitty litter or you can also try using some baking soda. Both of which can be found just about anywhere.
- There are also a number of commercial products available for getting rid of refrigerator or freezer odors. You can find these type of products at most hardware, grocery, discount or even some variety stores.
Unfortunately if the appliance has been powered off for several days and if none of the above work for you it's very possible that the odor has seeped into the unit's insulation. If the odor has seeped into the unit's insulation it will be harder to get rid of and require some effort.
Some times you can use an air compressor to blow air right into the insulated sections of the unit. If that doesn't help you might have some drippings from meat or fish that seeped into the insulation which you can't just blow away.
If you find yourself unable to get rid of the smell yourself the issue might require a service call from a refrigerator technician that may need to remove the unit's liner and replace all of the insulation to remove the smell.
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