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ICAN/ATEX: How can I remove odors from a freezer?

February 04, 2013
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Many cleaning professionals visit the International Custodial Advisers Network (ICAN) Ask the Experts page for insight and, every business day, we deliver advice to better help you perform your job.

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We have a chest-style freezer that was inadvertently left unplugged for a number of weeks.

The freezer was full of food at the time, including a large amount of venison.

The meat thawed and became rancid. Needless to say, the freezer reeked to high heaven. It has since been cleaned out, but the stench remains.

We have tried many different methods of scrubbing out and absorbing the odor, but to no avail.

Even after multiple cleaning efforts, ice from the freezer still makes our drinks taste like deer meat.

Do you have any suggestions for permanently removing the smell?

Monday’s Answer:

freezerSounds like the refrigerator is past placing charcoal in it for three days or cleaning with baking soda.

More than likely the odor has penetrated behind all of the panels.

If that has happened  … - ICAN representative

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