How to Clean Rotten Crabmeat Smell in a Cabinet?

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June 11, 2004

We had a can of crab meat (2lbs)explode in our kitchen cabinet, shooting something akin to wasabe mash potatoes throughout cabinet. The smell is unbelievable!

I was wondering if this is health hazard, and how to remove smell? cleaned as best we could with bleach, but it got into joints of cabinet.

Any ideas?




June 12, 20040 found this helpful
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First try and get the the crab out of the nooks and crannies with a tooth brush, dipped in baking soda, I would have suggested white vinegar, but not sure you should mix it with any bleach products. if you have other canned food items in the cabinet, check any paper labels as it might have been caught in the misfire. That could be causing your smell. if the cabinet is empty set a bowl of white vinegar in the cabinet over night. Good Luck!

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By Vicki (Guest Post)
June 14, 20040 found this helpful

A friend of mine had that kind of thing happen & the only thing that worked was a enzyme cleaner. Since then I have also used it for stains on my carpet & it works very well.

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By M.B. (Guest Post)
June 14, 20040 found this helpful

White vinegar (clear) and salt helps cut the fish smell
I would then use water and baking soda to rinse it good and air dry.

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By Tawnda (Guest Post)
June 15, 20040 found this helpful

Also check to make sure you wiped it off of anything else that was in the cabinet.

We live in Alaska and use fish a lot and many times we will suddenly have a rotten fish smell in the kitchen. I have to do a thorough cleaning job with Clorox Clean-up or bleach and usually it is because something that had fish in it, like a baking dish that was sat on the counter next to the sink got fish juice around the edge of the sink or on the countertop in an area that doesn't get wiped on a daily basis, etc.


Or just from opening the package of fish, fish oil or fish juice can spray up on the cabinet, etc. and leave an odor.

You may also want to try lemon juice.

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