Deodorizing a Non-Removable Refrigerator Drip Pan

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.

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By Sandra Collins 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.

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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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September 21, 20180 found this helpful

I simply made sure the drain hose was in the right place then poured small amounts of white vinegar in there and let it soak for a few days then used my flyswatter handle to break up all that I could then put a towel to soak up the vinegar then a few old rags to whip up what I could

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January 12, 20110 found this helpful

Perhaps a dead mouse is in the coils.

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Anonymous
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.

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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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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:

www.applianceblog.com/.../13156-kenmore-coldspot-drip-pan-odor...

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Anonymous
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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January 10, 20171 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.

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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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September 27, 20190 found this helpful

We had a hard time getting ours out as well because the brake feet wouldn't let the rollers roll. An online video showed how to use a wrench but that didn't work for us. I called a service department manager and he suggested someone tip the refrigerator forward a tiny bit while another person just used their hand to twist the brake foot up and out of the way. It was SIMPLE and quick!!! Our fridge rolled right out of the cabinet after that. We were careful to not pull it out too far and possibly disconnect the water to the icemaker. Then with lots of liquid OdorBan, then bleach and scrubbing we cleaned out the gunk.

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I didn't have a shop vac and was going through the paper towels like there was no tomorrow. I didn't want to wring out rags or sponges and drip that yucky water everywhere, so I actually used one of my elderly mom's Poise pads for her bladder issues and it worked quickly with little mess! I share this odd comment years after this thread was begun in the hope that someone might have something similar around their home that can save time and mess with this situation. I hope the gunk won't return, but at least I know how to clean it and saved at least $85 on a service call.

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September 27, 20190 found this helpful

We had a hard time getting ours out as well because the brake feet wouldn't let the rollers roll. An online video showed how to use a wrench but that didn't work for us. I called a service department manager and he suggested someone tip the refrigerator forward a tiny bit while another person just used their hand to twist the brake foot up and out of the way. It was SIMPLE and quick!!! Our fridge rolled right out of the cabinet after that. We were careful to not pull it out too far and possibly disconnect the water to the icemaker. Then with lots of liquid OdorBan, then bleach and scrubbing we cleaned out the gunk.

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I didn't have a shop vac and was going through the paper towels like there was no tomorrow. I didn't want to wring out rags or sponges and drip that yucky water everywhere, so I actually used one of my elderly mom's Poise pads for her bladder issues and it worked quickly with little mess! I share this odd comment years after this thread was begun in the hope that someone might have something similar around their home that can save time and mess with this situation. I hope the gunk won't return, but at least I know how to clean it and saved at least $85 on a service call.

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Anonymous
May 10, 20160 found this helpful

The paint roller idea is Great! Thanks!

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June 20, 20170 found this helpful

We have just had the problem of a non-removable defrost tray which had filled up with brie!. The compressor heat had melted the brie into a congealed mess. It was a case of using kitchen towel (loads of) to mop up the mess and then fill the tray with a mixture of bleach and water and let it evaporate with the heat of the compressor

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