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Old 10-23-2008, 06:06 PM   #11
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i had a similar situation. it took me a few cleanings of bleach, bleach, and more bleach. baking soda paste. leaving the door open for a while. keeping baking soda in the fridge when the doors were closed. etc. etc. elbox grease. took a good amount of time, but it's now been in use for 2 years no prob.
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Old 10-23-2008, 06:47 PM   #12
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Awesome! That gives me hope...My roommate just opened the lid and he just about threw up. T minus 75 minutes until I'm going in, guns blazing. I'm not taking any prisoners!

 
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Old 10-23-2008, 06:57 PM   #13
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My biggest concern with leaving the cleaning solutions in there with unprotected metal is that the metal might oxidize/rust.
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Old 10-23-2008, 08:20 PM   #14
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Borax is also a good odor remover. I broke a milk bottle in our car one winter and cleaned as best as I could. When the seasons changed the car began to get funky. Baking soda did nothing. I finally had success when if used a bunch of slightly moist borax and scrubbed the carpet with that and then vacuumed it up. That solved the problem.

Borax is a common laundry additive - it is a color safe bleach
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Old 10-23-2008, 09:14 PM   #15
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Didn't they do the dead pig in the car thing on Mythbusters?

Did they try to get the smell out?

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Old 10-23-2008, 09:21 PM   #16
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I used charcoal in my fridge after hurricane Ike. It absorbed the smell pretty quickly.
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Old 10-23-2008, 10:35 PM   #17
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I unplugged our freezer a few years ago to use the cord for a project. I had every intent on plugging it back in within an hour. Well of coarse I forgot and after a few weeks my wife asked where is that smell comming from. THE FREEZER !!!! Well to get to the point I cleaned it with lots of bleach, lemon juice, baking soda and then put a pie tin with coffee in it in the freezer. I don't know where the idea of using the coffee came from, but it did help mask the smell. Good Luck

 
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Old 10-24-2008, 12:00 PM   #18
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Haha I guess I'm not the only one who's been in this boat. Thanks for the encouragement. I did my initial clean yesterday afternoon and it smells a whole lot better now...all I can really smell at this point is bleach, but I'm sure there will be some noticeable, lingering gross smell when I come home today.

 
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Old 10-24-2008, 01:37 PM   #19
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Haha I guess I'm not the only one who's been in this boat. Thanks for the encouragement. I did my initial clean yesterday afternoon and it smells a whole lot better now...all I can really smell at this point is bleach, but I'm sure there will be some noticeable, lingering gross smell when I come home today.
My CL beater fridge smelled like a nursing home when I got it. Nothing like rotten meat, but it would almost make you hurl.

Removing the drawers and shelves, removing the BROWN cheese stick from the bottom, and scraping and washing the sticky grunge off has made it smell about 90% better.

Since I will be using cobra taps at first, I am still worried about my beer smelling. I plan on keeping a big box or two of baking soda inside it.

 
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Old 10-24-2008, 02:37 PM   #20
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Power washer???

+1 on the baking powder scrub... Has the smell come back since the bleaching?
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