Removing a Spoiled Meat Smell in the Freezer?

I'm trying to get rid of a smell in my freezer from spoiled meat. I have charcoal and newspaper in it, but my question is, do I run the freezer while doing this? Next I'm going to put some coffee and kitty litter in it, but again, wasn't sure if I should run the freezer with these in it or are you just supposed to leave it for a couple days?


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April 18, 20180 found this helpful
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The spoiled meat smell could be a big problem! We lived in a rental and the fridge smell was terrible; we did not want to even open the door. We tried many cleaning methods but the smell remained as "good" as ever. We finally learned that spoiled meat can leave a biologic film on the fridge walls and this is almost impossible to remove. Our landlord finally bought a new fridge; what a relief!!!

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April 28, 20180 found this helpful

Wad up newspaper and put it inside the fridge. Let sit in the fridge for 2 days.

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April 21, 20181 found this helpful
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This has to be one of the worst "smells" and can happen to anyone who is ever away from home for 2 or 3 days.

  • Several things come to mind when you say you have charcoal (activated charcoal?) and newspapers already in the freezer so I will address them one at a time.
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  • Did you clean the freezer completely before starting with odor removers?
  • Most cleaning professionals recommend cleaning with a mild solution of bleach and water and rinse well. After thorough rinsing clean with undiluted white vinegar and leave open for a day or so.
  • Does your freezer have a drip pan (most do)?
  • This has to be removed and cleaned with bleach also.
  • The floor under the freezer may need to be cleaned in case anything spilled over from the drip pan while defrosting.
  • You will also have to remove the gasket and clean in bleach water, rinse well and then clean with vinegar. You may also need to recondition the gasket before replacing it.
  • Several types of odor catchers have been recommended:
  • Newspapers, activated charcoal, chlorophyll cat litter, baking soda, vinegar, fresh coffee grounds (unused is best).
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  • Leave the freezer off and door closed when using most of these products.
  • There is a very good product that may be worth checking out as it is highly recommended for this type of problem. It is called Odo-Ban and can be found at Sam's Club, Home Depot, etc and on-line (Sam's Club is the least expensive).

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January 30, 20200 found this helpful

After emptying the rotten meat and water, wipe out the freezer, then apply vanilla extract to a wet rag and wipe down. May have to do a few times but it works! Doing mine now



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April 18, 20180 found this helpful

Your freezer should be turned off.

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