I need to clean a unit out that had rotten turkey in it for 3 hot months.
Any suggestions? We have tried charcoal. I scrubbed the heck out of it but
cannot get all the nooks and crannies as it doesn't come apart all that
Quaternary ammonium. I buy the stuff at Fleet Farm under the name
"Steramine", where it's sold (gallon jugs of 10% solution) as a dairy
disinfectant concentrate. I think you can also buy it as an algicide
and bacteriacide for humidifiers. The active ingredient will have a
name like "benzylconium chloride" or "n-alkyl benzyl amonnium chloride",
and it is an amazing deodorant with an oddly "fresh" smell. Don't get
it in your eyes.
Have you plugged it back in again?
Reason I ask, when Hurricane Juan blew through town last September, power
was out here for four days. Everything in the fridge/freezer went bad, city
was closed down and didn't pick up trash for a few days.
My fridge really stunk, even after cleaning it out with a bleach solution
and leaving big containers of baking soda in it for days. But after the
power came back and I turned it back on again, things improved considerably.
Keep a couple of big dishes of baking soda in there after cleaning it
throughly, then turn it on for a bit and see if that improves things.
Tilt fridge about 10 degrees forward, put a board under the back. Leave the
Put water into a garden sprayer, and add clorox to about 10%. Spray in, let
I can't think of anything better than that.
You might wish to use zeolite, a natural volcanic mineral which
absorbs strong odours in confined spaces and would probably draw out
any odours that may have migrated into the foam insulation through
gaps in the inner housing.
Any well-stocked hardware store should have this economical product
which is sold under various brand names.
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