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Cleaning a Smelly Freezer?

I just a few minutes ago purchased a used freezer from a girl who had no clue. It was nasty. This freezer truly smells like something was dead in it! I have never smelled anything like this and I work in surgery and smell a lot of things. I have cleaned it with straight bleach, then Clorox Clean Up and just rinsed with vinegar. It is awful! It still stinks like something rotten or pet urine. What can I do to get rid of this smell? Thanks.

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August 10, 20150 found this helpful

My experience buying used freezers and fridges has not be great! Assuming a smelly freezer can be cleaned is the wrong way to buy it! An easy online search will produce many ideas for washing. However, when the smell is really bad and not helped by cleaning, the problem may be that the freezer has a biologic film on the surface from spoiled meats that is extremely difficult, if not impossible, to remove.

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August 11, 20150 found this helpful

It doesn't hurt to try tossing in a few charcoal briquettes and closing it up. Check it the next day, if the smell has indeed lessened take those briquettes and toss them in a sealed baggie in the outdoor trash and use a few new ones for the next 24 hours.

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Some people report having good luck with wadding up several sheets of newspaper and putting them inside as well. With either option the freezer does not need to be turned on.

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August 11, 20150 found this helpful

I have had good luck with this method. Turn the freezer on it's side and look to make sure nothing crawled under it and died. Then, if you have to, unscrew the outer shell from the insulation which is often Styrofoam. If something melted and got into that...you can replace it but it's hard to win the day with a very big or very old stain.

The best thing to remember also is that a day or two in the direct sun is the only thing that cures a stinky sponge so you may want to just air it out.

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Good luck!

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August 15, 20150 found this helpful

Look for a dead mouse in the insulation.

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August 16, 20150 found this helpful

leave baking soda in several small containers sit in the fridge overnight with door closed & next day also wipe all interior surface with diluted baking soda with water, dry.

Kitty litter may help as it its known to absorb odors.

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