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Deodorizing a Bad Freezer
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 Posted: Mon Jul 18th, 2016 12:22 PM
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The breaker in the garage tripped while we were on vacation. Closed up and hot for over a week 80+ deg in my garage. All we lost were a couple packs of hamburger, but the smell was horrendous!

I read that charcoal in a pan would get rid of rotten meat smell in a freezer. Nothing to lose right cause I don't want to get a new freezer.

Having cleaned it with bleach 4 times, and it still smelled horrid. I got the cheapest plain charcoal briquettes and put three pie tins on the racks, closed it up.

Less than 12 hours later, NO SMELL AT ALL.

Amazing!

Last edited on Mon Jul 18th, 2016 12:24 PM by lscraig1968



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 Posted: Mon Jul 18th, 2016 06:42 PM
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What is your test plan before refilling it to insure smell is gone for good. Have an old refrigerator that been off and closed for a long few years. My plan was to wash with vinegar rinse then wash down with baking soda and now will add charcoal to steps. Thanks TB



 Posted: Mon Jul 18th, 2016 07:02 PM
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Awesome info thanks having that issue right now with a spare freezer in the storage shed.



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 Posted: Mon Jul 18th, 2016 08:07 PM
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Bread and ice absorb odors really bad, so I thought I would leave it plugged in for a week blowing cold with the charcoal in there. Then put a bag of ice and loaf of bread in there to see if it tastes bad after a week in the freezer.

I am thinking about leaving a pan of charcoal in the bottom even with other food in it.



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 Posted: Mon Jul 18th, 2016 11:32 PM
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I have been using about 1.5 gallons of charcoal in my deep freezers for about 10 years now.

I have pulled meat from the bottom that was over 8 years old and it was like i just packaged it.



 Posted: Tue Jul 19th, 2016 01:23 PM
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Great idea. Thanks for posting this.



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 Posted: Wed Jul 27th, 2016 04:13 PM
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i got some trash cans I'm going to give this a whirl with. cleaned em, but having a 1 y/o at home... yikes



 Posted: Tue Aug 2nd, 2016 03:27 PM
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Bilge soap and ice does wonders on all my coolers that we use on the boats for all offshore trips.



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 Posted: Tue Aug 2nd, 2016 03:55 PM
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The electric went off for 2 weeks at camp. Someone had left food, including cheese init. I used TexasBear's methode and left it air out for a month. Was smell-less then. Adding the charcoal is a good Idea.



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