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Some weeks ago I lost power to the freezer over a few days. As you can imagine, it was not very fun. All the meat was thrown away of course, I carefully tried some of the bread I stored there and luckily it was alright and all that had gone bad was the meat, fish and some ice cream. Since the door was closed the whole time I guess the thing stayed cool enough for at least a day.
Now I've defrosted it and scrubbed the thing very carefully four times. I've used plenty of fat solvents, and several types of strong cleaning detergent. I've been very thorough and have cleaned all the surfaces including the rubber seals around the door and the door itself.
It's all a bunch of plastic boxes and most of the meat was in one box so it was fairly easy to go through them all and clean them.
The first smell was very very bad but it became extremely lessened after the second scrubbing.
There's still a little bit of bad odor left when you open the door for the first time in a while, and it seems to get absorbed a little bit by microwave dinners packages (which are stored in paper boxes). So I want to try to get this little annoying lingering smell that is left out of the freezer.
I read online that ground coffee if placed openly in the freezer can work for this and that it can have a lasting effect, so I left a bag in there now. Will check in a bit and see if it helps.
I just wondered if anyone's had this problem and have any other ideas?
Edit: Note it's not a frost-free freezer so it doesn't have a filter or drain or anything like that.