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Old 01-24-2012, 07:20 PM   #1
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Default Recurring stink in the freezer

So i bought a 5cu ft chest freezer that fits 4 cornies snugly or 3 and a co2 tank. Im opting for 3 and the tank to keep it clean. Oh yeah i got it on craigslist for 20 bucks

Anyways It had a kinda fishy odor in... and it had some stains on the walls... So out comes the clorox wipes, oxyclean spraybottle and lots of elbow grease. Now its nice and clean, no stains, looks brand new. I left the lid open for a day and the smell was gone...

So i plug it back in to make sure its still freezing since I considered using it for food (and then reconsidered). Freezes great... so I unplug it to thaw...

Stench is back!!!??? More clorox wipes and oxyclean, leave the lid open all night, and its gone.

Im worried once I add the controller and leave this thing around 40 degrees the stench is going to come back again.

How to I permanently fix this dang smell?

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Old 01-24-2012, 07:47 PM   #2
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Sell it to someone else for $50.00.

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Old 01-24-2012, 07:57 PM   #3
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Sell it to someone else for $50.00.
is this just being funny or are you implying I'm never going to get that smell out and its hopeless/ more effort that its worth
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Old 01-24-2012, 08:14 PM   #4
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It's possible that the smell is in the insulation, in which case it will be a real bear to get rid of. Worth a shot to put some damp-rid in there to keep it dry, which may help.

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It's possible that the smell is in the insulation, in which case it will be a real bear to get rid of. Worth a shot to put some damp-rid in there to keep it dry, which may help.
If it was in the insulation, why would it only get funky once i turn the freezer on and thaw again? Woudn't it be more like a "no matter what I do the stench is there"...
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Empty it out and take a box of arm and hammer and liberally drench the inside with it. Then close the lid for a couple of days. See if it helps.

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If it was in the insulation, why would it only get funky once i turn the freezer on and thaw again? Woudn't it be more like a "no matter what I do the stench is there"...
Could be triggered by condensation around the coils inside the insulation in the walls.

I say do this.

Start the freezer up. Place an open dish of water inside and let it freeze.

Take the ice out and smell the ice. Break it up even and smell it.

If the odor is detectible in the ice, it may permeat whatever you put in the freezer. If it's not in the ice, fuhgetaboutit.
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I own some rental houses and one of our tenants left something in the freezer that smelled like death whenever you would open it. It would make you want to throw up just cracking the door. It stunk up the whole house. We ended up buying another fridge for the rental, but I brought the stinky fridge back to my house to use as a fermentation chamber outside... I ended up busting my tail, but here's how I got rid of (most of) the smell.

- Tried cleaning with soap and water... no luck.
- Tons of baking soda... no luck.
- Full thing of roasted coffee spread out on paper plates... smelled like a coffee death cocktail.
- Cleaned very thoroughly with a vinegar solution, and rinse... some luck.
- Went to a local fish store and bought a large carton of activated carbon. Spread out on paper plates throughout the entire fridge, repeat every couple weeks... after a couple months... smell mostly gone.

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If the smell is truly on the inside of a chest freezer, it's likely embedded in the insulation inside the lid, under the lid liner. I would remove the lid from the unit, take the liner off and see what kind of insulation was used.

If it's fiberglass, remove it, clean the bejesus out of the inside of the lid and the liner and wash them down with a bleach solution and let dry, then install fresh fiberglass insulation.

If it's foam, you could try saturating it with bleach solution followed by a good soaking with fresh water, then prop it up with a box fan blowing on it for as long as it takes to dry. But the better part of valor might be to carve out the old foam and install new...

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Ok try vinegar. Put a open dish of the in the freezer while it is unplugged for a week. And close lid. Then remove the dish and wash down with bleach. after put dish of baking soda in freezer for 1 week and the smell will be gone. Vinegar will kill the fish smell. Then baking soda will kill vinegar smell

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