My refrigerator hasn't been cooling properly so I transferred stuff
from the freezer to a spare old freezer (which I haven't used in years)
I have in the basement until I get the problem fixed.
Several years ago I tried getting rid of the stale odor in the old
freezer by using mothballs. Bad idea! Now the "taste" of mothballs
has affected the taste of some of the frozen food I put in the old
Does anyone have any sugggestions about how to get rid of that mothball
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Napthalene (primary component in mothballs) is virtually insoluble in water,
so simply cleaning the refrigerator with soap and water probably won't do
much good. The naptha is most likely being absorbed into the air from the
refrigerator walls. If you could leave the fridge (isn't it strange how we
write "refriGerator" yet make the short version "friDge?") open for several
days and place a fan in front of it to force air to move through it, you may
get faster removal of whatever naptha is in the walls. It has a relatively
low vapor pressure, so even a tiny amount of it in the air of the fridge
will prevent anymore from coming out of the walls, so it is important to try
and get the air moving through the unit. Leaving it in the sun while doing
this will help, too.
Hope this helps (and works, or else I will feel SO stupid......)
--If anyone needs a chemical engineer, I'll be mopping the bathrooms--
we use a bucket of water and some bread in the water with some
vanilla extract in the water for paint smells, this might work with the
refrig.. and also charcoal in the refrigerator is known for absorbing
smells... but first i would take it outside and put a box fan in the
thing with the door open and let that fan run for a day or so to get
most of the air moving and see if that helps first....
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