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Deodorizing a Non-Removable Refrigerator Drip Pan

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This is a guide about deodorizing a non-removable refrigerator drip pan. When you can't remove and clean the drip pan in a refrigerator, you may need to get creative to remove the scum and goo.


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January 11, 2011

My refrigerator has a bad odor coming from the bottom drip pan. The pan is not removable. With my old refrigerator to clean the odor I would put baking powder all over the pan and the odor would be gone. How do I eliminate the odor if the pan is not removable? Thanks.

By Sandra from Houston, TX

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December 5, 20120 found this helpful
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I couldn't remove my drip pan and it smelled. I stuffed an old hand towel in there to soak up any water then I sprayed Lysol with bleach in the pan and added water with vinegar. I let it soak. I then used a small thin paint roller with the long handle and used that to scrub it and soak up the water. Pulled the roller out, squeezed the water out and kept re-rolling until the pan was dry.

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August 2, 20161 found this helpful
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Mine had chunks of mold that were crusty. I soaked the moldy bottom of the tray under coils with spray bottle with just water. As it started to fill I would suck it out with a large straw that I duct taped to my shop vac. This worked great, the paint roller got water but not the other stuff.

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January 12, 20110 found this helpful

Perhaps a dead mouse is in the coils.

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January 12, 20110 found this helpful

Here is a short blog that might be helpful to you. There's a guy named Jake there that even shares his appliance repair credentials and gave a couple of answers regarding this problem. If not helpful for you, I would call the manufacturer of the refridgerator:

http://www.appl  ip-pan-odor.html

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February 4, 20160 found this helpful

You are so right! I will agree about this message! It is NOT easy to get to the intended recipient. I have to use a long bristle brush teeth to move forward the awful scum, and now my favorite part of the house is not dead!

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April 5, 20160 found this helpful

Why would any company make a non removable drip tray in the first place. I cleaned mine the same way as Robert s did.

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May 10, 20160 found this helpful

The paint roller idea is Great! Thanks!

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January 10, 20170 found this helpful

They have started making things inaccessible so that consumers cannot do things for themselves and must call for repair. It's the same reason that car engines have been turned sideways and many people can no longer make their own car repairs.

I cannot even pull my frig out from the wall as it's in a narrow area with heavy furniture across from it, so there is just enough space to open the door completely. I was amazed that I couldn't get the drip pan out from the front as I've done with refrigerators for 45 years. It smells like something died in there, especially when I open the freezer door. I'm halfway tempted to pour bleach through the freezer vents at the front to see if that will help. Anyone have suggestions? Thank you.

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