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Freezer defrosted with meat in it. How to clean?

 
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07/27/2006 02:12 AM
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Freezer defrosted with meat in it. How to clean?
I accidentally unplugged my freezer in the garage, (100degrees F) until I smell it, which was about a week.
Tossed stuff out, cleaned with water and soap, but what should I do next? Anybody here been similarly dumb and have some ideas?
Boy, this stuff stinks.
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Re: Freezer defrosted with meat in it. How to clean?
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Re: Freezer defrosted with meat in it. How to clean?
Check the drain pipe is free of any crap. If not use a coat hanger/wire and hose/pressure hose to clean it out.

Put some neat bleach on a cloth and wipe all the sides - use rubber gloves. Close the lid for 2 hours. This keeps all the fumes within the freezer and keeps the bleach active. 2 hours later open freezer in WELL VENTILATED area. 1 hour later wipe sides with cloth soaked in fresh water. Dry sides with clean cloth. Turn freezer back on.
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07/27/2006 03:55 AM
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Re: Freezer defrosted with meat in it. How to clean?
Another old, but exceptionally good remedy is a few drops of vanilla essence in a small bowl of water.
Wipe the entire interior surface with this solution and you should get a sweet smelling freezer.
Great when cleaning the fridge, too.
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Re: Freezer defrosted with meat in it. How to clean?
Check the drain pipe is free of any crap. If not use a coat hanger/wire and hose/pressure hose to clean it out.

Put some neat bleach on a cloth and wipe all the sides - use rubber gloves. Close the lid for 2 hours. This keeps all the fumes within the freezer and keeps the bleach active. 2 hours later open freezer in WELL VENTILATED area. 1 hour later wipe sides with cloth soaked in fresh water. Dry sides with clean cloth. Turn freezer back on.
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07/27/2006 04:00 AM
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Re: Freezer defrosted with meat in it. How to clean?
throw it away, its done for
You will never get that horrid stench out
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07/27/2006 04:02 AM
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Re: Freezer defrosted with meat in it. How to clean?
Junk the feezer, it will always be a health risk.

For minor stains and general freshness you can use bicarbonate of soda to clean but a seriously contaminated unit is a liability.
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07/27/2006 04:45 AM
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Re: Freezer defrosted with meat in it. How to clean?
bleach and sunlight

several washings and a good two days of direct sunlight
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07/27/2006 11:01 AM
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Re: Freezer defrosted with meat in it. How to clean?
Thank you all very much for suggestions. I cleaned heavily with bleach, closed and "cooked" for a three hours, vented, wiped up with fresh water and vinigar, and it did the job.
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07/27/2006 11:11 AM
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Re: Freezer defrosted with meat in it. How to clean?
I did the same thing except mine was for about a month after a power outage tripped a GFCI outlet.....

Horrid Smell.


What worked for us was to put charcoal (old fashioned kind, no lighter fluid) and let it sit as well as one of those odor absorbing gels. I used that for about a month and then washed with bleach water. It is fine now.
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07/27/2006 03:31 PM
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Re: Freezer defrosted with meat in it. How to clean?
bicarbonate of soda. works wonders
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07/27/2006 03:32 PM
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Re: Freezer defrosted with meat in it. How to clean?
clorox cleaner will get rid of it
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07/27/2006 03:39 PM
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Re: Freezer defrosted with meat in it. How to clean?
After leaving a pound of meat in an rv freezer for 2weeks it turned green. After opening all the windows I used a shovel to scoop it up real quick and put it in the neighbors trash. The smell just wont go away even with a box of baking soda in there. I tried everything. Bleach\windex\scrubbing bubbles\liquid chlorine\whatever I could find. Even tried leaving it open for weeks after cleaning it multiple times in a row. The smell just wont go away.
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Re: Freezer defrosted with meat in it. How to clean?
then set it out in the sun, leave it oepn and nature will take care of it
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07/27/2006 03:47 PM
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Re: Freezer defrosted with meat in it. How to clean?
bicarbonate of soda. works wonders
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 121176


That is what I use too.

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