My brother recently cleaned a small chest type freezer with a very strong bleach solution. The smell of bleach lingers. What can he (we) do?
By Annelle from NE PA
Try rubbing the chest with lemon juice. You will need to leave it open for a few hours so it can completely dry out.
Put some charcoal from your BBQ in there and close it up. That should soak up the odor. You can still use the charcoal when you're done.
Try 1 tablespoon Bicarbonate Soda (UK) diluted in warm water. Wipe out the freezer with the solution. Leave the freezer unplugged and open for 24hrs. You can use BS safely and effectively to clean fridges and freezers. Detergents of any kind are not advised.
Bicarbonate Soda is also called Baking Soda.
Only way I know how to rid the odor of bleach from something is to rinse, rinse, rinse, rinse and rinse some more with water until gone. That might be difficult since it's winter outside and the most convenient way would be to move the freezer outside. But if you have an area where you could swing it, that's what I'd suggest. Turn on the hose and blast that baby down. If it's taking a long time to rinse it out, let it air dry in between rinsing. While it is air drying, sprinkle it with baking soda. Then rinse again. Repeat until you do not smell bleach anymore. (I'd cover up my nose and mouth with a mask while doing this.)
I would wash the inside of the freezer with straight white vinegar. Let it dry naturally. After it dries, wait about three to five days and wash the inside again with plain warm water. The vinegar will neutralizes the bleach.
Just leave it open for about 48 hours in a room with good circulation. If the room is closed off, put in a small oscillating fan for same amount of time.
Put a cup of vinegar inside the cooler, shut the lid and wait. If that doesn't work scrub/wash down the inside of the cooler with a baking soda paste. Rinse with a solution of vinegar. and water.
P.s. remind your brother that next time, he only needs to use one part bleach to 4 parts water according to the Environmental Protection Agency to effectively kill any food borne illness germs. Always use bleach sparingly. It is the best solution for cleaning freezers, but around the kitchen you can substitute bleach with vinegar.
Vinegar and bleach do not mix as far as combining chemicals so I would make sure plenty of air moved by a fan. General washing a freezer is vinegar, soda and a little dish soap. Vinegar is about 98% disinfectant.
If you had mold to contend with, be careful that it is all clear.
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