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Freezer Bomb!

DorkmanDorkman Registered User regular
edited July 2011 in Help / Advice Forum
The misses and I went our seperate ways for a week (She to visit family and I to start a new job), so our apartment was left unattended. However, it seems that before we left, the freezer was unplugged for some reason.

Needless to say, my GF found a nice little surprise for her when she got back.

My question is, how do you deal with the smell of rotten freezer food. She has cleaned out the freezer and laid the Baking Soda to the inside of it. I am making a trip back this evening and plan on scrubbing the hell out of it with Bleach/Boiling Water, but beyond that what else can be done?

Also the smell of this is still present in the Apt as well as beginning to seep out into the hallway, which really makes me worried about eviction or other reprocussions.

I am totally at a loss as to what to do, is there anything we can do?

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    bowenbowen How you doin'? Registered User regular
    edited July 2011
    Call your landlord and let them know that while out of town something happened with the fridge causing something to spoil and you're taking care of it.

    Also, clorox should handle that nicely. You may have to let it air out for a day or two, so take everything out of the fridge and unplug it.

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    DorkmanDorkman Registered User regular
    edited July 2011
    Unfortunatley it wasn't just one thing that spoiled. In that freezer we had a ton of meats, seafoods, and what have you and all of it was spoiled and rotten, so it's already emptied.

    Is there any way to deal with the airborn smell besides just airing it out? I doubt there would be anything, but who knows

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    bowenbowen How you doin'? Registered User regular
    edited July 2011
    Grab a couple of boxes of baking soda and lay it about the apartment. Even better if you can get activated carbon/charcoal.

    Get some lysol and spray it out and about.

    Seriously being proactive and calling them about the smell will do wonders.

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    dukederekdukederek Registered User regular
    edited July 2011
    Get a new freezer. There is no other way.

    A previous tenant of one of my old flats decided to leave a bunch of meat and veg in the freezer when they moved out. Not so fun when we moved in and the electricity meter had run out.

    Anyway, I tried everything to get the horrendous out and nothing worked. (Although we got a new one courtesy of the letting agent so I didn't try THAT hard)

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    DorkmanDorkman Registered User regular
    edited July 2011
    The landlord did appreciate the call as it seems there have already been a couple complaints so at least that is done.

    Seems the GF also picked up some Vicks Vapor Rub. Some of her Social Worker workmates says its a great way to mask the horrible smell of stinky houses. Man I respect those guys.

    Thanks for the info thus far guys! It seems at least damage is being controlled. I plan on point every fan I can get ahold of out a window and turning them all on full blast and hope at least the airborn smell dissipates.

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    mtsmts Dr. Robot King Registered User regular
    edited July 2011
    oh god, there is nothing worse than the smell of rotting food in a fridge

    in my first apartment i guess the people downstairs from me left shit in their fridge and unplugged it when they moved out. for a while I thought someone had died in there. took forever for them to take care of it too.

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    acidlacedpenguinacidlacedpenguin Institutionalized Safe in jail.Registered User regular
    edited July 2011
    I just had visions of that one episode of Cowboy Bebop playing out in your apartment. I'd suggest starting an oil-drum bonfire in your living area because at least the wood smoke smell is tolerable.

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    DorkmanDorkman Registered User regular
    edited July 2011
    If only what is going to happen tonight would be as entertaining as that episode, if only.

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    Eat it You Nasty Pig.Eat it You Nasty Pig. tell homeland security 'we are the bomb'Registered User regular
    edited July 2011
    Wipe it thoroughly to get rid of any other cleaning chemicals you may have used, then bleach it. Get the good, undiluted stuff, wipe it around in there and then let it stand for an hour or so. Repeat until it doesn't smell anymore.

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    KendeathwalkerKendeathwalker Registered User regular
    edited July 2011
    The amount of time you are going to invest trying to get rid of that smell is not worth it. It will never be the same.

    I had this happen to a cooler, not a freezer. I filled it with bleach/water.. Used simple green.. 409.. lysol. Then I threw it away.

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    Forbe!Forbe! Registered User regular
    edited July 2011
    I've had success in getting rid of stubborn odors with normal white vinegar, especially rotting protein odors. You can always try scrubbing it down with some vinegar, then leaving a dish (with a large surface area) of vinegar out.

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    MushroomStickMushroomStick Registered User regular
    edited July 2011
    I'm not sure you'll be able to get rid of the smell entirely, but all the cleaning in the world wont help unless you unplug the fridge, open the doors, and let it air out. You need to let any sitting garbage water evaporate - by that I mean all the weird places inside the fridge where condensation built up that you can't possibly get to.

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    UnderdogUnderdog Registered User regular
    edited July 2011
    I second activated charcoal. Saw a food network show (can't remember what it was called but it had one of the regular judges from Iron Chef America) where they tested all sorts of remedies for bad smelling fridges. Among them were baking soda and activated charcoal, with the latter beating the former by a wide margin.

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    FyreWulffFyreWulff YouRegistered User, ClubPA regular
    edited July 2011
    I usually tackle stuff like this with Mean Green, but keeping it open and aired out is also your best bet for dealing with it.

    Also just to be sure, you have moved the freezer and mopped/cleaned out under it, right?

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    EgoEgo Registered User regular
    edited July 2011
    http://animalsbeingdicks.com

    It's been updated every time I've looked at it, but I think it's a new site.

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    ceresceres When the last moon is cast over the last star of morning And the future has past without even a last desperate warningRegistered User, Moderator mod
    edited July 2011
    Ego wrote: »
    http://animalsbeingdicks.com

    It's been updated every time I've looked at it, but I think it's a new site.

    Ahahaha, what the fuck.

    Seriously though, wrong thread, bro.

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    EgoEgo Registered User regular
    edited July 2011
    *scratches head*

    Yeah. Yeah I think this is the wrong thread! Whoops, sorry ;).

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    Kerbob97Kerbob97 Registered User regular
    edited July 2011
    Seeing as how an old roommate smelled of rotting ass, I highly rec Febreeze and Oust. They both get rid of the stank. DampRid may also help.

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    KillgrimageKillgrimage Registered User regular
    edited July 2011
    Whatever you choose to do for cleaning the freezer, please remember not to mix bleach and ammonia products. Sometimes people forget this releases deadly chlorine gas!

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    DorkmanDorkman Registered User regular
    edited July 2011
    ceres wrote: »
    Ego wrote: »
    http://animalsbeingdicks.com

    It's been updated every time I've looked at it, but I think it's a new site.

    Ahahaha, what the fuck.

    Seriously though, wrong thread, bro.

    And here I was thinking I was being hit by a subliminal jab!

    We cleaned it out as well as we could. She had basically thrown a box of open baking soda in it the night before so I added boiling water and scrubbed with that. Then after that two doses of boiling water and bleach and a final dose of boiling water and vineagar.

    We left it outside to dry however we live in a bit of a humid place so we have to throw a tarp over it to try and stop and moisture settling on it and causing unwanted rust. The inside is MUCH better, however I am thinking it may all be for nothing. The trouble area is the rubber seal as that still smells of rotten animal.

    We are giving it until this weekend and if it's not any better then we are planning on chucking it and getting a new one.

    She is a Freezer Fan so there has already talk on how much bigger this next one will be.

    Anywho, thanks for the quick responses guys! Always impressed with the speed and helpfulness here!

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    MushroomStickMushroomStick Registered User regular
    edited July 2011
    The rubber seal is probably replaceable.

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    DorkmanDorkman Registered User regular
    It seems that even after a couple of days of sitting on our patio and airing it out, we still have a ordourous freezer. Looks like we get to go freezer shopping this weekend! Woo!

    Thanks for the help guys!

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