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Old 10-05-2020, 10:04 AM
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Long story short: had a few lobsters die in the fridge and now fridge stinks. The lobsters were in a stainless steel bowl but the odor still got stuck in there.
I have a box of baking soda opened in the fridge but that's been in there for several years (does baking soda stop absorbing odors after a certain time?) and might need to be replaced with a fresh box.

Anyone got a solution?
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Dumpster...... I couldn't ever get the smell out, but the fridge came out pretty easy!
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Dawn and bleach and scrub the entire thing down it will reduce the smell a lot but not totally because plastic does hold odor
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Couple of drops of Vanilla extract on a paper towel- Toss in and it will work to remove odor- Works great in coolers too

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First: Bleach, rinse.

Second: Scrub with a paste-like mixture of Dawn dish detergent, kosher salt, and lemon juice. Rinse.

I 100% guarantee this will work.
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Clean as stated above, then put a cookie sheet with a large box of baking soda spread out on it in the fridge for several days. That worked for me when my switch popped and let thaw/fester a box of frozen squid...I never smelled such a horror...
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Yeah pretty sure you're supposed to change out the baking soda after a few months lol
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Cleaning it with a bleach solution as mentioned but leaving it air out well afterwards also helps.
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Use baking soda and crush up some charcoal ( not match light) and do the baking soda, charcoal, bleach all the above suggestions etc....
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I'll ask my wife what she uses to do her laundry.......
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Clean it with bar keeper's friend and then replace the baking soda.
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Ground coffee in a filter. Let it sit in there for a couple days
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Dishwasher gel. Lemon scent is best. Sponge a coat over all the surfaces in full concentration and let it sit closed overnight. Rinse and clean it off and repeat if necessary. If that doesn't get it out, time for a new fridge.
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Originally Posted by HookMeUpII View Post
First: Bleach, rinse.

Second: Scrub with a paste-like mixture of Dawn dish detergent, kosher salt, and lemon juice. Rinse.

I 100% guarantee this will work.
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Appreciate all the suggestions. Here's my issue with doing a deep bleach/interior wash clean: It's my garage beer/drinks fridge and it's loaded pretty good. It would be a major PITA to take everything out, do an interior deep clean and then reload.
This is just partially out of laziness, but I'm going to try to vanilla extract, new baking soda, charcoal combo and see how that works. Hopefully aluminum cans don't absorb dead lobster stink.
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We just went through this with hurricane Sally. Wife is pregnant and we had the fridge on a generator for a couple days, still didn’t get power, went to Nola to see family and air conditioner and ended up staying for a week. I had a box of squid in the freezer. Could not get the smell out. Tried just about everything. Wife took a piece of wheat bread ripped up in a bowl filled with vinegar. One in freezer, one in fridge. Smell is completely gone. Left them in there for a week.
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Originally Posted by bonecrusher1 View Post
Appreciate all the suggestions. Here's my issue with doing a deep bleach/interior wash clean: It's my garage beer/drinks fridge and it's loaded pretty good. It would be a major PITA to take everything out, do an interior deep clean and then reload.
This is just partially out of laziness, but I'm going to try to vanilla extract, new baking soda, charcoal combo and see how that works. Hopefully aluminum cans don't absorb dead lobster stink.
I know it seems like a little thing but spread the baking soda out on a baking sheet, that gives it more surface area, leave it in there for a week or so. Also try coffee in the same way...good luck
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Pre covid I would have said to toss it as they were super cheap.
try hand sanitizer, tht members advise from a few years ago.
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Originally Posted by bonecrusher1 View Post
Appreciate all the suggestions. Here's my issue with doing a deep bleach/interior wash clean: It's my garage beer/drinks fridge and it's loaded pretty good. It would be a major PITA to take everything out, do an interior deep clean and then reload.
This is just partially out of laziness, but I'm going to try to vanilla extract, new baking soda, charcoal combo and see how that works. Hopefully aluminum cans don't absorb dead lobster stink.
everything you have in there has the stink on it. Smell a beer can and tell me what you think.
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Originally Posted by bonecrusher1 View Post
Long story short: had a few lobsters die in the fridge and now fridge stinks. The lobsters were in a stainless steel bowl but the odor still got stuck in there.
I have a box of baking soda opened in the fridge but that's been in there for several years (does baking soda stop absorbing odors after a certain time?) and might need to be replaced with a fresh box.

Anyone got a solution?
Toothpaste removes the smell of fish from your hands instantly so try it.

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